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9/11 Seven Years later

Posted by Ryan on September 11, 2008

9/11/08:  Seven years later

Like most on that day seven years ago, I feared planes crashing into buildings and frequent bus and train bombings in our major cities would be things we’d have gotten eerily used to by 2008 — the morbid background noise of our own Jerusalem-style intifada on our own soil. 

The future was virtually unknowable even to the most prescient among us.  I was 23 years old back then, prime draft age.  I knew there’d be war — there’d have to be.   For me anger came before the sadness set in.  I wanted revenge as I watched on TV the smoldering pit down by the Battery, the fires at the Pentagon, the potential for any new horror to manifest itself as suddenly as anything else that day. 

You remember how deeply disturbing it was to have been rocked out of the simple, complacent times of the 1990s into a kind of newly serious anxious lethargy which (to many including myself) could only be satisfied by watching things blow up overseas.  We needed only wait a month.

Seven years later, none of my fears came to pass except for that and another war.  I wasn’t needed on the front lines.  I was behind the lines supporting my brother who fought on a distant battlefield, giving what I could to military charities from time to time, encouraging those who needed it.  Thus far this has been my part, if only a small one.  We all have a part — that’s how America is so different than it used to be.

Seven years on, we remember the fallen, but also give thanks to those who have made America safe since that terrible day.  Earlier today, President Bush dedicated a 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon and made some remarks.  If there is anyone to whom thanks must be given, it is to those brave and strong people who have made it possible for President Bush to say these words today:

Thanks to the brave men and women, and all those who work to keep us safe, there has not been another attack on our soil in 2,557 days.”

Never did such a thought cross my mind seven years ago. 

Pic from the Pentagon Memorial website (DoD).

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Vice-Presidential Qualifications

Posted by Sal on September 11, 2008

There has been much talk of experience and qualifications in regards to Sarah Palin and the VP slot.  While one looks at the person of Sarah Palin, both as a person and from her experience, one finds that she : 

  • is young (under 45)
  • has a reputation as a Republican Reformer
  • has taken on Republican Party Establishment
  • has a large family with many children
  • is a lover of outdoor sports
  • is a Hunter
  • was chosen as VP Candidate with less than 2 years experience as Governor

While this describes Sarah Palin, it also describes Teddy Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was Vice President for one year when William McKinley died.  Yet with a similar resume to Palin’s, he became one of the most influential Presidents in American history.  Leadership is not about any kind of Government experience, it’s about having the right ideals and philosophy, and having those intangible characteristics to lead.  Truth is, one can never be sure who will be a good or great President and who will be a disappointment, but it is ideology and worldview that help give the best indication.  President George H.W. Bush was probably one of the most qualified presidents in history, but he did not perform in a way that made him one of the greats.  Lincoln was probably one of the more “unqualified” men to ever occupy the White House, but was arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, President.  Palin’s Washington “experience” may not match that of Biden and McCain’s, but she has the right ideology, and at least so far, she appears to exhibit that intangible leadership quality that can effect real change in government. 

(The above bullet points are a paraphrase of an item that is all over the Internet in various forms).

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