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Remember: Twenty years on

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.

Illustration of NYC World Trade Center composed of repeated use of the word REMEMBER by John Cole.
Illustration of NYC World Trade Center composed of repeated use of the word REMEMBER by John Cole.

* 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.



  1. THANK YOU FOR POSTING.!!! So well put. So true.

    1. Author


      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Thank you also for all that you have done and continue to do in support of our community.

      We cannot encase the past in sentimental amber and merely offer meaningless gestures towards history. We must learn from it, and apply those lessons to current and future affairs.

      Over and over again history has shown that too much power given to a few (or one) leads to corruption and tyranny, no matter the slogans slung around.

      The beauty of our Founding was building in structural elements that make such concentration of power difficult when governmental processes are faithfully followed.

      But it turns out that the current-day electorate can be bought just as the electorate of ancient Rome could be bought. We sell off our rights for false comfort and security, and neglect our duties and responsibilities as citizens.

      Mr. Newsom should be turned out of office. He has earned it.

      Democrats in the California State Legislature should feel the heat, and get burned in the 2022 elections.

      Mr. Biden and Congressional Democrats should pay a price in 2022. (If I could vote for Joe Manchin, I would. Right now, he is the only person standing athwart the Democrats’ insane so-called “infrastructure” legislation and yelling, “Stop!”)

      Remember. And vote accordingly.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

  2. Excellent column! Thank you Shelley. We keep hearing “Never Forget 9/11,” but the United States DID forget as witnessed by Joe Biden’s surrender to the Taliban. Now the same folks who flew planes into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and tried for either the U.S. Capitol or White House have won. Biden’s horrific withdrawal from Afghanistan left AMERICANS behind enemy lines along with Afghanis who worked with our military. Moreover, Biden left the Taliban with $85+ BILLION in sophicated military equipment, making the Taliban one of the best equipped “armies” in the Middle East.

    Thanks to Joe “Taliban” Biden, 20 years later the Taliban doesn’t need to hijack our planes to attack us, they can just use all the military equipment we gave them. So, because Joe Biden is (fraudulently) in the White House, many Americans DID forget.

    Biden is sinking in the polls as more Americans recognize his failings. This is why he did not make any LIVE speeches on Sept. 11. A combination of fearing he would be booed and his dementia having him ramble incoherently.

    God Bless the United States of America and the patriots that live in and love this wonderful nation.

  3. This seems more like an opinion piece about current politics, maybe except for the stale Republican conspiracy theory of Benghazi, than about 9-11. Sorry, Jan-6 overrides anything about Benghazi. Maybe you can convince your local Republican House members Michelle Steel and Young Kim to re-ignite the big fight about Benghazi. Don’t waste their time. The CA Republicans need to start the wheels turning about the Sept-14th big steal. Station Republican poll watchers by the drop boxes to tell us how they saw a person get out of a vehicle and put 20+ ballots into the drop box. How about getting those Republican sponsored ballot drop boxes placed by the local grocery store. They can collect ballots and then look for the hole in the ballot envelope that shows whether the voter selected Yes or No on the recall. Then those “honest” Republican ballot harvesters can conveniently discard the No on the Recall ballots and then put the remainder of them
    into an official county drop box.

    1. Author


      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      It is about current politics — in light of lessons learned from history. I do not want to “re-ignite the big fight about Benghazi” but I do want to apply its lessons to current events. Twenty years of history should not be shelved, never to be pondered. If we do not learn and apply lessons from what has gone before, we are doomed to stumble around in the dark and curse the darkness.

      I cannot support the notion that the reprehensible behavior of January 6 blots out Benghazi. It’s not a case of either/or but of both/and. Former President Trump bears partial responsibility for that fiasco, and much more responsibility for losing the election — which loss I do not believe was fraudulent. He handed Georgia to the Democrats by his bad behavior. However, the Obama Administration and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton own the tragedy of errors in Benghazi. President Biden entirely owns the shameful exit from Afghanistan, along with the mess along our entire southern border and ongoing pandemic response.

      I will repeat what I stated in the article: I am not a registered Republican. The California recall election is supported across the political spectrum.

      Regarding ballot harvesting: it should be illegal. I was disappointed in Republican shenanigans during the last election, partly because the shenanigans were poorly executed and lamely defended but mostly because Republicans should have maintained condemnation of ballot harvesting and not engaged in the tactic themselves.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze

      Shelley Henderson
      Orange County Breeze

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