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Today is 9/11. What’re you gonna’ do about it?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 11, 2020

“American 11: We have some planes. Just stay quiet, and you’ll be okay. We are returning to the airport.”

The controller only heard something unintelligible; he did not hear the specific words “we have some planes.” The next transmission came seconds later:

“American 11: Nobody move. Everything will be okay. If you try to make any moves, you’ll endanger yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet.”

–– excerpt from The 9/11 Commission Report

Nineteen years ago today, the United States and the world was devastated when 19 al Qaeda-backed male terrorists, at the behest and guidance of their leader Osama bin Ladin (who was later killed during the Obama administration May 2, 2011 in a raid upon his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan shortly after 0100 local time), in a coordinated effort, hijacked and deliberately flew 4 passenger jet airliners into the World Trade Center’s towers 1 and 2, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., while a fourth crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Over 3000 people were directly killed that day in those events, over 25,000 were injured, with scores of others suffering long-term health injuries, many of which have been fatal.

The weather that Tuesday morning couldn’t have been more perfect. Skies were clear up and down the entire Eastern United States and seaboard, from Maine to Mississippi – visibility was unlimited, as pilots would say – not a cloud in the sky. And then, at 0845 Eastern Time, an American Airlines Boeing 767 Flight 11 – from Logan to LAX – fully loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel and 92 passengers and crew, crashed into the World Trade Center’s Tower 1, the north tower, around the 80th floor of the 110 story building.

New York City was never to be the same again.

Flight paths of the 4 hijacked aircraft on September 11, 2001.

A mere 18 minutes later, what at first blush seemed to be a horrific accident, was followed by another direct strike from another Boeing 767 – United Airlines Flight 175 – outbound from Logan International Airport, in Boston, Massachusetts, destined for Los Angeles International Airport with 65 passengers and crew, made a 180º turn shortly after crossing the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border, and moments later crashed directly into Tower 2, the south tower, near the 60th floor.

A third aircraft, American Airlines flight 77, a Boeing 757, outbound from Dulles to LAX with 64 passengers and crew, made a 180º U-turn around the area where West Virginia/Kentucky/Ohio border each other, headed back toward D.C., and at 0937 ET, crashed into the western wall of the Pentagon.

The fourth and final hijacked aircraft, United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757, outbound from Newark International in Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco International (SFO), with 44 passengers and crew, which was speculated to be flown into the U.S. Capitol building, was thwarted by the passengers and crew who revolted, and at 10:03 AM ET, crashed into an unoccupied empty field in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville, PA, killing all aboard.

United Airlines Flight 175 impacts World Trade Center Tower 2 (south tower) September 11, 2001

America has never been the same since.

Some have called for 9/11 to be a national memorial holiday.

I think there’s a substantial argument to be made in favor of that idea.

And yet, that I know of, Congress has made no effort toward such an objective. Why they have not is baffling.

There are a host of noteworthy events which the United States does not officially recognize, venerate, or celebrate.

America doesn’t celebrate Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox, and the end of the Civil War.

America doesn’t celebrate the end of slavery – Juneteenth.

America doesn’t celebrate voting rights by making Election Day – the Tuesday following the first Monday in November – a national holiday.

America doesn’t celebrate the end of World War II.

America celebrates the end of World War I, formerly called “Armistice Day” – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 – now called “Veteran’s Day.”

America officially celebrates a Christian holy day December 25 – widely known as “Christmas,” and often touted as the day of Jesus Christ’s birth, though not all Xians celebrate it, notably the Jehovah’s Witnesses – though there is no known historical evidence to support the idea, yet American law neither officially acknowledges, nor celebrates Passover, or Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Jewish and Islamic high holy days, respectively.

Your everlasting summer, you can see it fading fast.
So you grab a piece of something that you think is gonna last.
Well, you wouldn’t even know a diamond if you held it in your hand.
The things you think are precious, I can’t understand.

Are you reelin’ in the years? Stowin’ away the time?
Are you gatherin’ up the tears? Have you had enough of mine?

The Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act (also known as “A bill to punish and prevent the Practice of Polygamy in the Territories of the United States and other Places, and disapproving and annulling certain Acts of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah”) was passed in 1862 specifically against Mormons – clearly, an anti-religious law and violation of the First Amendment’s prohibition that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Only recently were same sex partners granted such civil rights of marriage. Marriage is not exclusively a religious estate.

Recall the infamous “Three-Fifths Compromise” ensconced in the Constitution which supported slavery, and justified bigotry, as found in Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3, and which reads:

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.”

It’s in the Constitution!

America wouldn’t know Equality Under Law if it came up and slapped them in the face, and kicked them in the groin.

That’s why, in large part, the ideas of Universal Healthcare, Publicly Funded Campaigns, Publicly Funded Higher Education, and other ideas which would genuinely ensure Equality Under Law are opposed by Wealthy Corporatists and GOPers.

That’s why those same Wealthy Corporatists and GOPers oppose Social Security, a Living Wage, caring for “the least of these My brethren,” childcare, provisions of food for the hungry, detest “the widow, the orphan, the stranger among you,” and any other idea that would help reduce or eliminate human suffering among The People.

America has been putting the “hyp” in hypocrisy since 1776.

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