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Virginia’s U.S. Senators, U.S. House Members Reflect on 9/11/01 Terrorist Attacks...

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3 paragraphs worth reading

...are from Time to leave 9/11 behind by E.J. Dionne in today's Washington Post.  Before I get to them, let me note the final sentence of his 1st paragraph. After telling us that many of the lessons we learned from that tragic day 10 years ago were wrong, he writes "The last decade was a detour that left our nation weaker, more divided and less certain of itself."

I was very much struck by his final three paragraphs, which I will quote without interruption before I offer my thoughts below the fold.

In the flood of anniversary commentary, notice how often the term "the lost decade" has been invoked. We know now, as we should have known all along, that American strength always depends first on our strength at home - on a vibrant, innovative and sensibly regulated economy, on levelheaded fiscal policies, on the ability of our citizens to find useful work, on the justice of our social arrangements.

This is not "isolationism." It is a common sense that was pushed aside by the talk of "glory" and "honor," by utopian schemes to transform the world by abruptly reordering the Middle East - and by our fears. While we worried that we would be destroyed by terrorists, we ignored the larger danger of weakening ourselves by forgetting what made us great.

We have no alternative from now on but to look forward and not back. This does not dishonor the fallen heroes, and Lincoln explained why at Gettysburg. "We can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow this ground," he said. "The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract." The best we could do, Lincoln declared, was to commit ourselves to "a new birth of freedom." This is still our calling.

Courage

It is just after 11 PM on 9/11.  I have just finished watching several hours on the History Channel.  First was a documentary on the Marriott at WTC. Then a remarkable documentary entitled "102 Minutes" with a melding of video professional and amateur of the events of 9-11, from at the site and from those observing elsewhere in the city and across the river in Hoboken NJ.  Finally there was a brief piece about some of those whose video was used, among dozens or even hundreds, to create that documentary.

There are remarkable things in that documentary.  And I will discuss them.

But my focus is this -  in this documentary I saw real courage, real heroism.  

I do not deny the courage of those that go into combat.  It is real.

But imagine just this.  The first tower has come down.  You see fireman walking towards the remaining tower, with hoses, and axes.  And they go in.  They are trying to save lives.  They will lose their own.

Hallelujah: Democrat Gives Republicans their Own Medicine

Incredibly, Republicans in the US House of Representatives blocked a bill which would have provided billions in health care for first responders who are suffering from breathing toxins on 9/11, thus keeping intact their record of voting No! to frustrate any and every Obama-backed issue, even when they supported it in committee. Supposedly the Republican opposition was based on the pay-go way the health care was to be paid for: by closing some tax loopholes currently enjoyed by subsidiaries of foreign companies---- God forbid, closing the tax breaks might cause loss of jobs and hurt business profits, never mind the health of 9/11 responders.

However, for once their nihilism was brought dramatically to the attention of the American public by Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) who vigorously shamed the Republican Representative from NY, Peter King, shouting him down and refusing to be intimidated by the usual Republican screaming. It was such an effective public shaming that Fox News brought the two Representatives on the morning show, intent on redeeming the reputation of Republican Peter King, and painting Democrats as ineffective wimps by raising the question: "If Democrats are in the majority, why can't you get anything done?" While Representative Weiner once again refused to be intimidated and managed to show up the Republicans, I regret to say he never really answered the question of Why Democrats, being a majority, could not get the bill passed. Guess we need another shouting match in public to explain the Republican maneuvering and the way the floor rules work. See below the fold for the two You Tube videos on Representative Weiner at work.

Hat tip to Salon.com for providing the videos.