It is a terrible irony that we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the worst attack on the mainland of the United States as our Constitutional liberties and national identity are under sustained and successful attack internal and external.
Starting at the tippy top of our political structure!
The President of the United States, after attempting to seize unconstitutional authority to legislate by executive order and being flatly turned back by the Supreme Court, is again trying unconstitutional means to impose a national vaccination mandate. If successful, his efforts would have kneecapped Congress and may flatten the federal structure that grants independent and sovereign rights to the individual states.
(Please note that I think everybody should get vaccinated, albeit avoiding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for moral reasons. But the federal government has no Constitutional power to mandate vaccination.)
The Governor of California has never relinquished emergency powers that he took up by issuing a proclamation in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus. His edicts issued under the cover of those emergency powers have been erratic and have frequently overstepped the bounds of those emergency powers and the Constitution of the State of California. His personal actions show that he either believes that COVID-19 defers to political or social status, or that the virus is not as scary as he wants everyone else to believe.
(Please note that I am not a registered Republican, and support for the recall is drawn from all segments of the political spectrum. Governor Newsom has amply earned the recall now in progress. I shall be sorely disappointed in the electorate of California if the results of the recall leave him in office. I look forward with tempered hope to next year’s state elections, that the current Democratic super-majority in both Houses of the Legislature may be broken.)
The shameful exit from Afghanistan, leaving behind not just American citizens but those who helped American efforts in Afghanistan, lends a red-faced cast to a somber anniversary. No explanation can excuse it. However, I fear that Democrats generally will not pay a heavy price in next year’s election. Who in the general population remembers the scandal of Benghazi? Who beyond the immediate victims paid any price for that dereliction?
So: remember 9/11 — what you were doing when you heard* of it, who you were with. But keep that memory alongside current events and vote accordingly, this year, next year, and for years to come.
Post a flag. Remember.
* For the record, I was getting children (now grown!) ready for school. No television. My brother called from Kansas and asked if I had heard. My children knew something really bad had happened because I said, “Damn!” before hanging up and going to the living room to turn on the television.