Iíll Remember 9-11 This Year
by Karen Kwiatkowski: Long
Knives and Long Noses in Congress
Itís been a
decade since the attacks of 9-11. Since that time, the cost of the
American government has more than doubled while American economic
output has drastically slowed. Communication and public speech has
suffered under the weight of the Patriot Act, and today, most Americans
understand that their government tracks them and spies upon them.
Travel across this beautiful land has been made more expensive,
as fuel and food costs have skyrocketed. The new and wholly un-American
Department of Homeland Security has settled in for the long war,
apparently against the American people and American traditions of
A recent Frontline
television program outlined the research effort by two reporters
at the Washington Post in describing a "Top Secret"
America. The real federal jobs program in the last decade has been
in surveillance, monitoring, and intelligence-development Ė of Americans
on American soil.
In the decade
after 9-11, Washington, D.C. launched repeated land wars, government
takeovers, and nation-building, first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq,
and later in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and now Libya. None of these
wars, all sold as "wars against terrorism" were granted
any public congressional debate, and none entailed a Congressional
declaration of war.
In terms of
truly discovering the facts of the events of 9-11, and the subsequent
anthrax attacks, we saw a government reluctance to delve deeply,
and a government desire to pack up the "stories" as quickly
as possible. President Bush opposed and worked to delay the official
9-11 Commission, and its published results were then later partially
by the very political appointees who led it. The FBIís investigation
into the Amerithrax case also followed a well-worn path. Select
a culprit, publicize the name of the suspect, and harass that individual
until they confess. The first
FBI target was no coward, nor was he guilty. He successfully
sued the federal government and was later awarded millions of tax-payer
dollars for the FBIís miscalculation and arrogance. A second FBI
target was named and harassed until he committed suicide, and the
was immediately closed.
incompetence, and tragedy is the hallmark of big centralized government,
wherever it develops. Big centralized government has developed in
the United States year after year since the 1930s, and it has both
solidified and metastasized since 9-11. Today, we live at the will
and by the grace of a dystopian and grasping government. There is
not an exceptional amount of time left before this government collapses,
but before it does, we the people will suffer far more than we have
suffered to date. Banking collapses, mortgage fraud at the highest
levels, government bailouts, currency printing, and inflation in
food and energy are just a foretaste of the future, led by the same
Washington public-private cartel we have suffered for decades.
dollars have been wasted, more trillions in value have evaporated,
and many thousands of lives have been needlessly sacrificed, all
in the name of a post-9-11 era. The Founders believed that the Creator
granted all men the right to a government that they themselves owned,
and could hold accountable. The Founders believed that the people
had the duty to dissolve that government when it no longer followed
the law or conducted itself morally, in the best interest of the
people. The Founders believed we could withdraw our consent. Today,
you canít even decline to be physically assaulted by a government
agent in order to fly on a commercial aircraft using a ticket you
bought with your own money.
response to the attacks of 9-11 reflected a real government fear.
Not of more attacks, but rather, a fear of average Americans who
would begin to see the truth about their government in the 21st
century. The truth is that this government does not exist
to serve us, and it will not and cannot protect us.
believe our government Ė outdated, unrestrained by the Constitution,
and soon to default on every debt it has taken on in our name Ė
cannot long endure. But unlike those who run and benefit from our
modern American nationalism, corporatism and socialism, I do not
fear average Americans seeking self-government, rule of law, and
on 9-11, I will not be celebrating Americaís undeclared wars on
countries that had nothing to do with the September 11th
attacks ten years ago. I will not be attending remembrances of victims
of that day, because those remembrances refuse to count American
liberty, rule of law, and freedom of trade and movement uppermost
on that list of the sacrificed. I will not attend any program offered
by a religious or political organization that seeks to ride a federal
government bandwagon to confirm some imperative of war against Islam
halfway around the world, or that seeks to promote the false concept
of a culture war as somehow Godís intent for America.
this ten-year anniversary, I intend to go about my business as usual,
and say a prayer of gratitude for the small freedoms I have left.
In the afternoon, Iíll be in Charlottesville, Virginia,
learning about local apprenticeship and crafts demonstrations.
In the evening, Iíll check the livestock and gather the eggs. I
wonít allow what I personally experienced that day in the Pentagon,
nor the subsequent government drumbeats for war, waving the 9-11
banner, to diminish my awareness of the meaning of liberty.
The real battle
for Americans today is a battle to reassert our independence from
an overbearing and unsustainable state. Today, we can all celebrate
that there are fundamental cracks in the federal stateís veneer,
and we can be grateful for the options we still have in our own
lives to live free, to practice charity and faith, creativity and
productivity, and to rediscover our own power as individuals and
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
her mail], a
retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
and Power and The
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is currently running for Congress in Virginia's 6th district.
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