What we need to remember, in my opinion, is that “America” is not just a country; it’s not just a geographic area; it’s a way of life; a philosophy of freedom; a belief structure that is held in every patriot’s heart and cannot be destroyed. It is an attitude and an outlook that makes AMERICANS innately more powerful than AMERICA. It is a gift we were empowered with by those wise men and women who gave birth to this nation; a nation we work and fight to maintain as they intended even today.
As I look back across twelve years I am reminded of a question and answer series I first heard from a friend of mine:
Q: How long did it take America to respond to the attacks of 9-11?
A: In some sense, we still are. First response took at least a month.
Q: How long did it take AMERICANS to respond to the attacks of 9-11?
A: Flight 93.
We Americans don’t willingly take to being victimized. We tend to be a self-reliant, head strong people who will happily discuss ideas and options but will fight in a moment when someone tries to rob us of our liberties or attempts to visit harm upon our families, friends, neighborhoods or nation.
In this case, as we remember the attacks of 2001 and 2011, many will tell us we need to forgive and forget. To them I respond:
Forgiveness is God’s job and I will NEVER FORGET.