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The Monsters Within
9/11 is an occasion to reflect on the monsters that seek to destroy America - from within and without
Today is September 11th and I almost let it pass me by. It’s almost a normal day, twenty-two years later. Today I’ve been thinking about carpools and bills and my new foster puppy who still doesn’t have a name. I’ve just been calling him Doggo and hoping his forever family will be more creative. Twenty-two years ago all I could think about was the end of the world.
It was a surreal experience as an American to be faced so suddenly with the brutal reality of the outside world. We’d created a bubble for ourselves and many of us believed sincerely that bubble was sufficient to keep the monsters at bay, well beyond our borders. Then one day the monsters found our weak spot. They didn’t take down our nation, but they poked giant holes in the thin veneer of safety we’d rested for decades. Our bubble has been deflating ever since.
Twenty-two years ago two towers came down, and our worst fears were built upon the rubble. We began to focus on the monsters at our doorstep. They were an easy target - angry, irrational terrorists driven by perverse religious and authoritarian motivations. America was founded on defeating those monsters. It was a battle that felt familiar.
But while we were focusing on the monsters at the doorstep, we turned our backs on the monsters in our midst. Our homegrown authoritarians. The marxists and the entitled creeps who think history started the day they were born. These monsters are the worst kind, because they don’t announce themselves. They hide behind identity labels. Their motives are obscured by the positions they hold in our society, positions we traditionally respect and so rarely question - teacher, doctor, journalist. While we looked away to things we deemed more threatening, they slowly began taking over the institutions we counted on for stability. They perverted our history and began teaching our children to hate this country, or least be suspicious of all the blessings that reside within. They monetized science, paving the way for information cronyism. Any conclusion, no matter how untrue or unscientific, is for sale in the research industry these days.They monopolized the media and censored our information. While we still exhibited strength in physical conflict, the collective mind of America became weak. Our minds and our souls began to starve. The monsters within picked at our deteriorating frames. We didn’t see them, because they were us.
Twenty-two years after the most frightening day in recent American history, we no longer worry about the monster of terrorism. It’s easy to let this date slip by, because so many more horrible creatures have risen in our midst. They try to molest our children with gender ideology. They try to turn neighbor against neighbor with critical race theory. They try to make the normal seem wicked, and the wicked seem noble. They seek to erase all the things that form a healthy, prosperous and safe society - the nuclear family, meritocracy, dissent and debate, capitalism. They have moved from the fringes of our culture to become the curators of our culture, and the culture they promote is rife with degradation, godlessness and suffering.
The monsters of September 11th have given way to the monsters of every day America and while twenty-two years ago it seemed we still had the resolve to battle fierce enemies, today it feels like we are a totally different nation. When the pandemic hit, the true mettle of American individualism was tested, and it was found desperately wanting.
Today, on September 11th, as we remember our fellow fallen Americans and the fears of those subsequent days and years, let us also remember the monsters. They have not disappeared, but simply put on new masks and found new battlefronts - our own backyards. Today, let us remember that when you live in a country as great and blessed as America, there will always be monsters at the door, striving to steal our peace. Today, let us remember and recommit to our resolve. This is America. We are Americans, and the lunatics will not take our home without a fight.
God bless America.