Deb Billado: Never forget

This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.

Twenty years ago, our nation was shaken to its core as the world stood still. We were broken — devastated by the senseless loss of life.

Deborah Billado, chair of the Vermont GOP

But in the rubble that came down that day, we found solace in the unparalleled courage of our first responders, and the sense of unity that rang throughout the nation. Despite the heartbreak and pain, we came together — not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. We put aside our differences and united — and in doing so, we persevered.

Twenty years later, that sense of unity is all gone. At the federal level, our politicians seek to divide us with unprecedented assaults on our liberties that insult the memory of those that lost their lives on September 11, as well as the sacrifice of the countless thousands who fought for our nation’s freedom in the years after.

Twenty years later, we have now allowed the Taliban — the same terrorist organization that gave Osama Bin Laden safe harbor — the opportunity to return to power again. But now they are equipped with over billions of dollars worth of equipment that was paid for by our tax dollars or borrowed from China.

I don’t recognize the nation we’ve become.

Now more than ever, we cannot forget the sacrifices of those loved and lost — who laid their lives down on the alter of freedom. Now more than ever, we need to rekindle that spirit of unity.

Let us start by honoring this solemn day — and then by standing up for freedom, both at home and abroad.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Michael Foran

2 thoughts on “Deb Billado: Never forget

  1. We were given a god-given choice when this happened.
    The reality is that the USA was flooded with a wave of love and compassion from the rest of the world that day and the following weeks. It was palpable. People around the world from all nations, races and creeds came together in sorrow. Far from provoking the anger that this event was intended to do, it provoked a response of great love. The Russians sent a Gift of remembrance that is perhaps the most beautiful memorial we have of the event – the Tear of Grief. Look it up.
    We had a unique moment to unit globally to stay in love and to turn our backs on terrorism for good.
    But Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush Sr., Soros, and the Rockefellers had something different in mind, and they forced that narrative down our throats.
    ALL documentaries point out the sham this event was and the intention with which it was undertaken: to create a police surveillance state of the all too freedom loving Americans.
    And look… it only took 20 years, and we’re enslaved to devices that harvest our energy and we never really get anything done.
    But they still get to harvest our energy and ask us to pay for the privelage.
    We accepted their death cult over the wave of love that washed over the planet that day and for weeks and months afterwards. They had to work really hard to overcome and replace that with fear.
    From the get go, the narrative was suspicious.
    So no, I’m not memorializing anything but the love wave that swept the world that day, as the ONLY honorable and right action that happened that day.
    Humanity responded with their higher selves, with their hearts with love.
    That is who we really are.
    Not fearful, cowed, compliant slaves.
    Or are we?
    Its always a choice to join the swamp creatures or join the angels.
    We still have that choice today.
    Celebrate Love as the one thing that connects all humans globally, and showed up in response that day – I celebrate that.

  2. Appreciate your fine words Deb: “Let us start by honoring this solemn day — and then by standing up for freedom, both at home and abroad”.

    I might add that: “Let us honor this solemn day by also recognizing that despite our differences, we are all Americans and part of an incredible experiment and ongoing effort to make sure that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish”.

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