If July 4 is Independence Day, let's make 9/11 Freedom Day. Freedom from fear. Freedom from hate. Freedom from terror. To re-declare this society a land for liberty. A nation whose people live freely.
We got attacked...yet this is still the "land of the free and of the brave." Bravery was the best quality shown that day in lower Manhattan, Washington D.C, on Flight 93 and across America. Now Americans need to remember freedom, not just as slogan but as the root of everything representing America.
More than planes and buildings and people were attacked on 9/11; so were America's basic principles on civic liberty. It's self-belief of basic rights. As Rudy Guiliani said tonight during the "free speech" segment on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, terrorism did not begin with 9/11; it only finally reached our shores. The essence of terrorism is to create terror and provoke a response. By being terrified and giving them a terrified, fearful response, terrorists win the battle. If America is to win this "war on terror", it must require a return to freedom and to liberty. Since media is one of America's strongest influencers, let's make it a media trend to protect real freedom and to encourage all listeners, viewers and readers to live freely.
Media fear tactics, fear-baiting, fear-mongering "tonight at 11"...it's just got to stop.
If the government has trouble remembering how essential freedom is defining America as both a democratic concept and a perceived "brand" in the minds of people around the world, it's up to the people to make the government remember. And to remind them why the Statue of Liberty stands in the harborwaters of New York City welcoming the world to America.
Now, pardon me, I have to remove my shoes and toss any liquids before I can board this flight...
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Monday, September 11, 2006,