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scottb
09-17-2001, 05:56 PM
Not sure if this has been posted yet or not. I received this in my inbox from a friend of mine:

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Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America.
You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America. You used helpless American bodies, to take out other American bodies, but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed America.

Why? Because of something you guys will never understand.

America isn't about a building or two, not about financial centers, not about military centers. America isn't about a place, America isn't even about a bunch of bodies. America is about an IDEA. An idea that you can go someplace where you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most part, like you envisioned living, and pursue happiness. (No guarantees that you'll reach it, but you can sure try!)

Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany: "If you cannot see my point, then feel my pain."


This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point. But you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech. But you're free to say one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this country, almost as a matter of pride. We're a collection of guys that don't agree, called States. We united our individual states to
protect ourselves from tyranny in the world. Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make it up as you go, when it's your country.

If you're free enough.

Yeah, we're fat, sloppy, easy-going goofs most of the time. That's an unfortunate image to project to the world, but it comes of feeling free and easy about the world you live in. It's unfortunate too, because people start to forget that when you attack Americans, they tend to fight like a cornered badger. The first we knew of the War of 1812, was when England burned
Washington D.C. to the ground. Didn't turn out like England thought it was going to, and it's not going to turn out like you think, either. Sorry, but you're not the first bully on our shores, just the most recent.

No Marquis of Queensbury rules for Americans, either. We were the FIRST and so far, only country in the world to use nuclear weapons in anger.

Horrific idea, nowadays? News for you bucko, it was back then too, but we used it anyway. Only had two of them in the whole world and we used 'em both. Grandpa Jones worked on the Manhattan Project. Told me once, that right up until they threw the switch, the physicists were still arguing over whether the Uranium alone would fission, or whether it would start a
fissioning chain reaction that would eat everything. But they threw the switch anyway, because we had a War to win. Does that tell you something about American Resolve?

So who just declared War on us? It would be nice to point to some real estate, like the good old days. Unfortunately, we're probably at war with random camps, in far-flung places. Who think they're safe. Just like the Barbary Pirates did, IIRC. Better start sleeping with one eye open.

There's a spirit that tends to take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for liberty, looking for freedom. Even if they misuse it. The Marielistas that Castro emptied out of his prisons, were overjoyed to find out how much freedom there was. First thing they did when they hit our shores, was run out and buy guns. The ones that didn't end up
dead, ended up in prisons. It was a big pain in the ass then (especially in south Florida), but you're only the newest pain in the ass, not the first.

You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in America, America lives in US! American Spirit is what it's called. And killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it. Most of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit. Until we're crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit.

Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time.

Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming.

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Cheers.
Scott

Shirl
09-17-2001, 06:21 PM
I think that just about says it.

I was listening to a talk show Friday, and a caller said that she was upset because it takes something like this tragedy to get some people to even stand up during the playing of our National Anthem. The host agreed slightly, but he then added that the United States is like a family--we may argue and fight with our little brother, really dislike him sometimes, but by gosh, nobody else better lay a hand on him. Very fitting.

Shirl

Sandi
09-17-2001, 06:28 PM
Right on!!
Thank you Scott!! and Shirl!!

That really does say how we feel inside and ALWAYS will.

Leaflin
09-17-2001, 07:15 PM
"We don't live in America, America lives in us"
Thank You Scott!

pixelscapes
09-17-2001, 07:23 PM
Excellent post, Scott! That's one of the best I've heard yet...

Originally posted by Shirl
I was listening to a talk show Friday, and a caller said that she was upset because it takes something like this tragedy to get some people to even stand up during the playing of our National Anthem. The host agreed slightly, but he then added that the United States is like a family--we may argue and fight with our little brother, really dislike him sometimes, but by gosh, nobody else better lay a hand on him. Very fitting.

To quote Goonies, "HEY! Nobody hits my little brother but me!". The quote isn't totally appropriate but it does make sense, that whole angry you-just-crossed-the-line attitude.

RE: the National Anthem, I personally think it's a GREAT thing that people in this country have a choice about whether or not they want to stand up for that. And to be honest, in a certain way, I also think it's GREAT that this country is SO wonderful that people find it so easy to take it for granted. It's a sign that there isn't a lot of struggle in people's lives, you know?

I'm not saying it's a good thing to take it for granted, or to ignore basic gestures of respect for the country. I'm just happy that those are all choices we can make; it makes it ever so much more genuine and heartfelt when people DO choose to stand for the anthem, when people DO choose to do more than just take it all for granted.

This whole event is making people reorganize their priorities, in the same way that a heart attack can suddenly inspire a guy to quit smoking and start jogging.

Am I making sense, or did I just offend a bunch of people? Hopefully the former...

-=- Jen "Things that make you go hmmm" de la Cruz

jenrou
09-17-2001, 07:43 PM
I'll have to admit that sometimes I'll just enjoy the National Anthem, and respect it, but now,,,,,I cried my heart out at the beginning of the baseball game. It didn't matter who sang it, and I don't even watch baseball, usually. I seldom cry, except in anger, but ...