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  •  I actually say - The NY World Trade Center and (4+ / 0-)

    Pentagon attacks on September 11th, 2001.

    Honestly, the lack of specificity of 9/11 has made it more of a world terrorist day (see Benghazi among other attacks since) than a day to which we can point and say "we did something good in honor of those people's lives that were mercilessly taken".

    That tragedy was co-opted to lead us into a war under false premises; erode our Constitutional rights; undermine American democracy; to turn parts of our government on its citizens instead of on those who really threaten us; and to militarize our society.  I'd be totally pissed off if that had happened as a result of my death.

    DC and NYC are two of my hometowns.  That day was scary, difficult and sad as hell.  But the days, weeks, months and years afterward as I saw critical elements of our Constitutional rights dismantled were worse for me.  I am really tired of people who live in bum-f*ck-nowhere that a terrorist would ever bother to go telling me that giving up some of our most important democratic principles because a group of assholes attacked the United States.

    I hope a much more sane and reasonable conversation comes out of the massacre of those children.  I hope that our society looks for better solutions rather than devolving to the lowest common denominator or taking the easiest path.  The people lost out after the attacks on September 11th, 2001 - hopefully they won't lose out on this front, too.

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