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Letter to the editor

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 8:52 am

Memories of 9/11 important in election

If you’ve ever gone to the YouTube website, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The other day someone sent me an email with a link to a YouTube video. I checked out the video, but then there are always links to other videos, so one thing led to another, and before long I was watching videos of the planes crashing into the twin towers on 9/11/01, and I was horrified all over again.

And then I watched as desperate men and women, one after another, some say as many as 200, knowing no rescue was possible, chose to leap to their certain death rather than wait to be burned alive, and I got really, really angry. I was angry because almost all that imagery and mention of the attack has been purged from public discourse as though it’s too much for us to deal with, when, in fact, those images should be shown around the country every day. And I was angry that we appear to have forgotten who and what we are dealing with. Have you even heard it mentioned during this campaign?

We elected a man four years ago who said he’d make “them” like us, and we’ve recently assisted several Middle East countries in overthrowing their old governments. We were assured they’d be friendly new democracies, but guess what: They’re mostly run now by the Muslim Brotherhood. And within the last few weeks we’ve had numerous U.S. embassies attacked and burned, our flags burned, and even our Libyan ambassador killed and dragged through the streets, on, you guessed it, the anniversary of 9/11.

This same president has given the Muslim Brotherhood free access to the White House, and God only knows how much influence they have in our government.

The continued existence of our democratic republic is hanging in the balance this November. You have to decide what kind of country you want to live in: one where the federal government increasingly dictates more and more aspects of your life? Or do you want freedom; freedom to be responsible for yourself and succeed as well as the freedom to fail?

Ken Selking

Decatur