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Twenty Years Later
Author: BobR    Date: 09/08/2021 13:50:38

There has been a lot of chaos and insanity for the last 6 months that seems to be because of the last four years. I believe a lot of the problems can be traced back to the original 9/11. For a brief moment, the country was united in grief, anger, and shock, ready to stand together against a foreign enemy after a seemingly unprovoked attack. The unity didn't last long.

Republicans - always ready to milk an opportunity for political gain - created an "us vs them" mentality among Americans, trying to equate "liberals" with "terrorists". "Support the Troops" became the not-so-secret password that helped weed out the "turrerist-supportin'-libruls". Bush used all of this to springboard into Iraq, and Afghanistan was quickly forgotten (I wrote about this in 2009).

The playbook was written, and it's been used ever since: Get Americans squabbling against each other, and they (the Republican and/or conservative political and business leaders) can do whatever they want. This balkanization morphed from neo-cons to tea party activists to cultists for the former guy.

So here we are, with the 20 year anniversary coming up this weekend (we'll actually be flying home from vacation that day), and the nation is more fractured than ever. We are only very recently out of the longest war in American history, with fingers pointed in every direction to assign blame for "losing" it, despite it being lost the day we invaded Iraq. We tried to nation-build Afghanistan while our own nation crumbled under the weight of lost unity.

Hopefully, this anniversary will remind everyone that we are supposed to be the "United" states. I am not optimistic. Still - in an effort to remind us all of what we went through that day that has lived in infamy (even more so than the attack on Pearl Harbor), I will be reposting my 9/11 story.

 

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Comment by wickedpam on 09/08/2021 13:50:11
Morning

Comment by TriSec on 09/08/2021 14:09:30
Greetings, comrades.

Headed into town soon to visit the lovely Gardner Museum.

If anybody can share some tips about those paintings, I'll give you a cut of the $10m reward.



Comment by wickedpam on 09/08/2021 14:25:09
Quote by TriSec:
Greetings, comrades.

Headed into town soon to visit the lovely Gardner Museum.

If anybody can share some tips about those paintings, I'll give you a cut of the $10m reward.



ha I just started watching the docuseries about that place. Only on epi 3 for but Rick seems like a red herring.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 09/08/2021 14:29:51
Good morning, bloggers!!!!


I hope that everyone is well. As I write here in LA, I am concerned about the division in our nation. It truly feels as if we have become two Americas, divided on party and ideological lines.

In some good news, I have my interim California driver's license and have almost all the paperwork done. I need to get my fingerprints for the school district done later this morning.


Comment by Scoopster on 09/08/2021 14:46:15
Mornin' all..

So lately I've taken to doing online surveys to try to make a little extra cash. And man do I mean LITTLE. Some of these surveys are pretty wild. I just had one asking questions about end of life services (mortuary, funeral, burial/cremation etc).

Comment by livingonli on 09/08/2021 15:19:31
Good morning.

Comment by livingonli on 09/08/2021 16:07:15