By Gina Liggett
Day of Service and Remembrance Should Honor The Selfishness of Our Heroes
In Michelle Obama's letter to Americans about the second annual Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11 she writes "On the anniversary of this tragic day in our history, I hope you will join me in honoring all those who put the needs of others before their own by serving in your community."
This sickeningly saccharine sweet "Gee Thanks" to our American heroes is nothing less than a tacit endorsement of the very creed of our enemies: sacrifice.
Cut to: Michelle Obama's inspiration for what she calls "selflessness": "the brave men and women of Flight 93 who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of others..."
United Flight 93 had been diverted by hijackers to Washington, D.C. Through cell phone calls, some passengers and crew learned about the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings and decided to storm the cockpit to retake control of the plane they realized was also to be used in a terrorist attack. What you hear in those various cell phone calls are not dutiful proclamations of sacrifice for others, but the intent "to do something now" along with fearful and devoted goodbyes to loved ones. From transcript,
"I need to go," she said. "They're getting ready to break into the cockpit. I love you. Goodbye."..."They're doing it! They're doing it! They're doing it!" Then the line went dead.Cut to: Michelle Obama's source of inspiration to serve: "....to the first responders who rushed without hesitation to help those in need...."
See the iconic Pulitzer-prize winning photograph of three New York firefighters raising the American flag upon the smoldering ashes of the World Trade Center and ask yourself, "what might have been in the hearts of those first responders, whose job it is to rescue?"
Cut to: Michelle Obama's source of inspiration to serve: "to the young men and women who chose to join our Armed Forces following the attacks..."
Recruitment in the Armed Forces "hit the ceiling" after 9/11, coinciding with a sustained increase in Americans' patriotism (defined by the Oxford American dictionary as "having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one's country.")
Zoom In: Our 9/11 American heroes were not being "selfless." They were being deeply "self-ful." Their most precious values--loved ones and home--were in the midst of an unprecedented attack. Shame on you, Michelle Obama, for glorifying the death-inspiring creed of selflessness while America is at war for its very existence against Totalitarian Islam.
Day of Service and Remembrance Serves Obama's Political Theology, Not Our Heroes
From the press release:
The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of a seven-year effort started by 9/11 family members and support groups to establish the service day as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks...September 11 also marks the end of the summer phase of President Obama's United We Serve initiative and its transition to a long-term, sustained effort.In proclaiming the day of remembrance last year, President Obama said, "Working together, we can usher in a new era in which volunteering and more service is a way of life for all Americans. Deriving strength from tragedy, we can write the next great chapter in our Nation's history and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the promise of America."
This sounds a whole lot like Black Liberation Theology politics explicitly endorsed by pre-and post-Presidential Obama, a subject I have addressed in earlier posts.
Remembering September Eleven
First of all, on September 11, 2001, almost 3000 Americans didn't just "(lose) their lives," as our First Lady writes. They were viciously murdered by Islamists intent on destroying this country. Her minimizing and evasion of this truth is a profound dishonor not only to those who were killed and to their grieving families, but to all Americans who are the ultimate target of Totalitarian Islam.
Secondly, the heroes and soldiers fighting the war against Islamists are not merely "serving" altruistically for the welfare of others. They are fighting these killers' atavistic doctrine for a most personal self-interested purpose: to protect the sacred values of American individual rights and liberty and for very personal reasons of protecting their fellow soldiers whom they bond with in battle and the people they love back home.
The words of one soldier, Christel Ables, in 2004 brings to life why he serves in Iraq, an official military front for the War on Terror:
I am new to the army...I come from a long line of soldiers. My father, Robert Ables is an Iraqi war veteran. I found out a month ago that I will be going as well in just a few months. I was scared out of my mind, as I had been keeping up with all the news since the war started. I talked to my dad about the war. He was there just before, during, and after the initial bombing of Iraq. I will never forget what he told me. He said, "Honey, you would be silly not to be scared...Remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to face it. It is in my opinion that every soldier is already a hero. I was in charge of a platoon, and one thing we did was go around and let everyone tell the story of why they joined. Most answers were for college money, for opportunity, to see the world... but one soldier told me something I rarely hear. He said that he lived in New York when 9-11 happened. His whole world died. His wife worked in the trade center, and his 11-month-old son was there at day care. They didn't make it out alive. He had no one to live for. His parents died when he was 17. He decided that he could live for his country and continue to fight for the freedom that his father and grandfather fought for him." With a hug and a good night, I went into my room and reflected on what my father said. He was right you know... I AM scared, but I am also ready to fight for my country, and for everything that our veterans fought for before my time.Michelle and Barack Obama defile what America truly stands for by embracing the ideal of sacrifice, the very creed of the America-hating Islamic terrorists who immolate human life and values in the service of "Allah."