To the Editor,
I realize that usually my essays are fairly short; however, as we remember the events on Sept. 11, 2001 and 2012, I thought I would share with you the text of the speech I delivered this past Sunday to remember those tragic events and especially the loss of the eight children who perished on the planes that fateful day.
Speech given at the 911 Flight Memorial, Grapevine, Texas
Feb. 26, 1993, a truck bomb was detonated beneath the North Tower of the World Trade Center in NYC, killing six people and injuring 1,000 more.
Sept. 11, 2001, planes were flown into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, destroying those towers, damaging the Pentagon and taking almost 3,000 innocent lives, including eight children who were on the planes.
Nov. 5, 2009, an Army officer enters a gathering room at Fort Hood and begins randomly shooting his fellow soldiers and civilians.
Sept 11, 2012, our consulate in Benghazi was attacked (as well as other embassies in the Middle East) and our ambassador along with three other Americans were killed, and a number of others we are now learning of were wounded.
April 15, 2013, two young men detonate homemade bombs in the crowd gathered to watch the finish of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding scores more.
What do all these attacks have in common? I would submit they all share these three common elements: (1) They were attacks against unarmed innocents. (2) The aim was to strike a blow against our liberties and way of life. (3) They were all perpetrated by adherents to an ideology that is antithetical to all of Western civilization.
Make no mistake — we are at war and we are under attack; however, this is a war unlike any other our country has fought. This is more than a war engaged by armies on a field of battle using guns and bombs. It is an extension of the eternal struggle between good and evil, liberty and tyranny.
A number of you have physically served in our nation’s military and fought battles against our foes in our defense. This war, however is different, for we are all called to the defense of our freedoms. While those in uniform are waging the physical battle on distant lands against those who celebrated these horrible attacks upon our fellow citizens, we here must be wary of the attacks being waged without weapons within our own borders.
On June 5, 1788, during the debate in the VA convention over whether or not VA would ratify the new Constitution that had been drawn up in the previous summer in Philadelphia, Patrick Henry, speaking against ratification admonished his fellow delegates to “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that precious jewel.” This admonition has as much to commend itself to us today as it did back then.
It is not only those without our borders who seek our demise, but we have allowed them into our country. They are permitted the freedom to promote insurrection against us, while we who protest are ridiculed as being politically incorrect, bigoted, and anti-freedom. Instead of our government protecting us from the destructive poison these individuals spew forth, we who wish to uphold the values that made our country great are silenced by our own elected officials.
When the twin towers were struck by those planes, emergency personnel from all over the area responded and came to the aid and attempted rescue of those trapped within those buildings engulfed by the raging inferno resulting from the impact of the planes. With no thought for their own safety or lives, they rushed in, climbing the stairs to their own deaths in the valiant effort to save the lives of others. What kind of men, what kind of women would do such a thing? What would motivate individuals to be so selfless and sacrificial? What produces such people as this?
When our consulate in Benghazi was attacked and former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were told to stand down, they disobeyed those orders and went to the aid of our trapped ambassador, facing overwhelming odds and firepower. Despite the failure of our President and Secretary of State to respond to their repeated pleas for help, they stood their ground to the bitter end and gave the ultimate sacrifice. What kind of men would put themselves in such a deadly situation? What kind of a country produces men of such high honor and ideals?
I’ll tell you what kind of men and women these heroes are — they’re Americans. And despite the problems we may face as a people, when under attack, we are no longer Caucasian- Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans or Asian-Americans; we are Americans, and Americans come to the aid of their fellow Americans even if it places our own lives on the line. Men and women such as this can only be produced by a country, by a people that hold to the principle that “all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It is only a people whose society was founded upon those Judeo-Christian principles which value the life of each and every individual; an ideology that teaches “no greater love has a man than he lay down his life for his friends,” and not one that glorifies the barbaric taking of the lives of any and all who are not of their ideological bent.
Yes, today we remember those victims and those heroes, but let us truly honor their memory by taking up the cause of liberty and freedom and push back against any and all who seek our destruction. Let us take hold of our rights as guaranteed to us in our Constitution and tell Washington that that precious document says, in the words of Thomas Paine, “thus far shalt thou go and no further.” Let us not be cowered by the political correctness that so pervades our society today and speak out against our foes who are among us. In 1790, John Philpot Curran proclaimed, “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” Let us be then be ever vigilant as we remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day, especially the eight young innocents who had their entire futures snuffed out in an unimaginably horrific manner. We now reme mber them for who they were, and for what might have been had they been allowed to grow up and be a part of us today:
• Asia Cottom (age 11)
• Rodney Dickens (age 11)
• Benard Curtis Brown II (age 11)
• Zoe Falkenberg (age 8)
• Dana Falkenberg (age 3)
• Juliana Valentine McCourt (age 4)
• David Reed Gamboa-Brandhorst (age 3)
• Christine Lee Hanson (age 2)
GOP Congressional candidate