Reflecting on 9-11: Have we forgotten?

Thursday, September 20, 2018
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In the aftermath of 9-11 Darryl Worley sang, “Have you forgotten?” His lyrics gave solace to a nation stung by evil but after 17 years I fear the answer to his rhetorical question is not what it should be. Here is why.

This November, patriots who share my love of liberty must drag everyone they know to the polls. Either stand now or forever wish you would have.

My generation came of age during Vietnam, the Arab oil embargo, and Watergate. The 1976 presidential campaign between Ford and Carter would have been the first election in which I voted and here is where most politicians proudly profess their vivid recollection of casting their first presidential ballot. I am not a politician, I am a veterinarian, so my balloting memory is fuzzy. President Carter was not my pick and I suffered my final two years in Laramie and my first two years at Colorado State University under the gloom and doom of his administration. Watching Islamic fundamentalists overrun the American Embassy in Tehran and America’s feckless response to this act of war exposed President Carter’s ineptness. I refused to yield, so even though the trophy wife and I were surrounded by middle eastern students residing in CSU’s married student housing, I fashioned a flag pole holder outside our apartment and proudly flew Old Glory. On the bright side, President Carter paved the way for Ronald Reagan so after four humiliating years, President Reagan’s leadership and infectious love of country refreshed Americans coast to coast.

In the years since, America seemed to have lost her way staggering between greatness and malaise and this brings me to 9-11. Less than eight months into George W. Bush’s first term, Islamic terrorists slammed airliners into the World Trade Center. It was the shock heard round the world. Watching the senseless slaughter of innocent Americans awakened a sleeping giant and ordinary people began doing extraordinary things. Just because it felt like the thing to do, sunshine patriots unfurled their Stars and Stripes and opened their Bibles. Sadly, this love of country does not run strong in millennials, and this brings me to my point.

This November’s first time voters were in diapers when the World Trade Centers collapsed, so they were too young to remember. Teenagers back then are in their 30s today and many years of ruling class indoctrination has conditioned them to hate America. These folks are the faces behind the militant Antifa masks, so far too many Americans have forgotten. This November, patriots who share my love of liberty must drag everyone they know to the polls. Either stand now or forever wish you would have.

Krayton Kerns is veterinarian in Laurel, Mont., and a former Republican representative in the Montana State Legislature. He can be reached at drkerns@rbbmt.org .

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