Memories of 9/11 – What *I* Remember…

Yes, I remember where I was on 9/11/01.  I was on my way to work when the first tower was hit. I didn’t know anything until I arrived at work and saw everyone huddled around the TV.  At first, no one thought we were under attack.  We thought it was a freak accident.  We all went back to work, being that we needed to keep communications and systems running for our customers.  I would periodically stop by the breakroom and peek at the tv.  I was standing in front of the tv, by myself, when the second plane hit.  It was then I knew, this was no accident…

Not one September has gone by since that American’s have been allowed to “forget”, as if we could anyway.  Every year heralds more images and documentaries showing every damn detail of the days events.  I understand the need to remember, but personally I have no desire to re-live the day in HD color.

On top of that, there’s something I’m still quite angry about, and that’s how our country’s politicians and corporations took this tragic event and turned it into a profit making, political agenda venture.  I remember what it was like before 9/11.  I remember being appreciated at my job, seen as an asset and treated respectfully for my skills and compensated fairly.  Within months of 9/11, that changed to being viewed as a necessary nuisance, where any concerns I had were met with comments like “Be grateful you have a job.” or “If you don’t like it, then leave.”.  Hours increased and pay didn’t.  Attitudes changed drastically.  Expectations became unrealistic, and no one cared.  Every concession was taken away.  Yes, I realize the stock market crashed, and that makes some of the financial concessions understandable, but does not justify the bad attitudes or poor treatment.  And of course, this doesn’t even account for all those that lost their jobs in the mass layoffs that ensued…

I also remember President Bush using our newly formed fears to justify a war against Saddam Hussein and Iraq, a war that had little to do with 9/11, that is pretty much responsible for our national debt, and we are still fighting 10 years later even after Saddam (and Bin Laden) were dead and buried.  This was by far the worst violation of the American spirit I have ever witnessed in my lifetime.  It scares me to see what people in power are capable of to justify their own agendas.  What’s even scarier, is to this day I still don’t  know what that agenda was exactly.  Money?  Oil?  Power?  Finishing what Daddy Bush didn’t?   All of the above?  Who knows…

I mourned and prayed for the 2500 lives lost years ago.  I have moved on from that aspect of it.  At this point, from my perspective,  it’s the current state of our country for the last 10 years that makes 9/11 live on, a constant reminder of the day our country started a downward spiral into the sad condition is it now, not because of terrorists actions or the lives lost, but because of how those in power took advantage of it.  For as long as our country stays stuck on this self-destructive path, this is how I will feel.

Let’s move on America, and REALLY put 9/11 behind us.  Let’s change this country into something we can all be proud to be a part of.  Get out and vote for people that are focused on change, take action where there are wrong-doings, and don’t be afraid to speak up.  It NEEDS to happen.  Say a prayer for those that were lost, and look to the future.  I know I am.

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