I remember that day all too well. I was living in Kissimmee, at Images apartments with my brother. I was to work 4-12pm at Disney’s All-Star Music resort. I awoke just after the first plane hit one of the twin towers in NYC. I sat at the edge of the bed and turned on the NBC news, and after a few minutes the second plane hit. the other tower. I was fully awake in a split second. After minutes of watching the attack and hearing of the other planes that were unaccounted for, I began to get dressed. At the same time I called into work and asked if I should come in. The manager who answered (Andy) without hesitation said yes. Then I called my parents and we talked as I got ready. Before I left I went to my brothers door, knocked and told him to watch the news.
I was at work shortly afterwards, traffic was moderate but there was a difference. It seemed that everyone was in a daze. On the radio they interrupted all shows and replaced them with news on the attacks and what was transpiring with the Nation as a whole.
By the time I got to work it was widely known that all planes and flights were cancelled and ordered to land. Upon going into the kitchen, the Managers and Chefs informed me that people were going to be coming back to the resort, basically because there was no where else to go. And Disney had closed the parks and guests were also coming back. We were going to get busy. As more people showed up for work, we all pitched in to build up our prep and began cooking for the masses already returning. We also had ICP’s (International College Program) from Epcot to assist. We ended up getting a few from Norway and also from Mexico. Then the characters began to arrive, we had Pluto, Goofy and a couple from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The day was long and we were constantly getting updates from the news and from family members on the phone. And as the day progressed we looked towards the sky, and it was a bit weird not to see streaks from planes, but we did see plenty of military helicopters and jets.
In the following days, weeks, months and years we continually learned who was behind it and why. And as the President and the Government took us into Afghanistan then into Iraq to hunt for Al-Queda and Osama Bin-Laden, the same politicians who voted overwhelmingly for us to go into these places now started to grumble in the same political rhetoric they have for years. The ‘evidence’ for Weapons of Mass Destruction’ was now tainted and questioned, even though the same Congressional leaders had seen the very same evidence the President had. Then, as with everything the Government does, came the conspiracy theories began to crop up. (My favorite is the planes never hit the towers, but it was demolition teams and get this, HOLOGRAPHIC PLANES!). Years later, the wars continued, and the polarization of the US population began to get worse. Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives, Independents, etc. all blamed each other and added to the dividing of us. And as time continues to march on the Government has enacted laws, hired companies and spend untold amounts of our money (paid in taxes-forced on us), all in the name of peace and security. Now granted some of these actually do work, and we are safer because of them. But we, as a country, are in darker days than before 9-11. We have awakened to a world with unspeakable violence and horrible deeds. These things were always there, we just saw the world through rose-colored glasses. And unlike when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, we didn’t have a clear vision of what to do and how to proceed. The Government controllers and their cronies in the mass media have twisted our sight, mind and hearts. Molding us into ‘good little sheep’ so they can give us a speech, show us a picture, and make promises they know they will never keep, all in the name of security. The politicians have twisted the original intent of our Founding Fathers and made us into a monster. Not the people of this great nation, but the Government. And when overseas people say they hate Americans, I wish they would be clear and say “We hate your Government, not you!” For example, I dislike Hugo Chavez, but I hold no ill will towards the people of Venezuela! But most don’t, they group us together because we don’t have the gumption to take what was given to us by those same Founding Fathers and keep it free of the corruption and vile stench which politics has become. We have to be steadfast and see through the rhetoric and look for facts. Whether you be a Democrat or Republican, it is these parties that have taken the Real USA from us. If you are a Democrat who wants Obama to win, you hate Romney and criticize him. And if you are a Republican, wishing Romney to defeat Obama you criticize him as well. These attacks are vicious and filled with lies and innuendos intended to sway your vote to either side. We should all stop and look at each side promises and their records. BOTH sides. Remember this, they are both lying to us. The President alone cannot change laws (according to the Constitution). The Congress makes and writes laws and passes them. In my opinion ALL bills brought forth by the Congress should be voted on by the people in a referendum. This will never happen, of course, because the ‘Elite’ in Washington (both sides) will never give up the power they have given themselves at our expense. And money in Washington isn’t the thing they really want. It is power. Power over all Americans. If the only currency in D.C. was money, they would be spending it differently. They spend money like it is water in a river, flowing away. But when they enact laws that are meant to control our actions and limit us, we are told it is because of ‘security’. We are losing our country slowly, I fear. Things have changed. Americans who oppose the Government are arrested and labeled as terrorists, but do we really know the whole story? If you rely entirely on mass media (like CNN, NBC or Fox) you are being deceived and led astray. They are manipulating you entire life. Do your OWN homework. If you want to read a bill put forth in the Congress, go to their website and read it. For yourself. Don’t believe what I or Rush or CNN or Fox says. Use very critical judgement, do not rely on emotions, they will betray you. If you hear a speech and you leg gets a tingle…stop, think, and be afraid. Just because someone gives a good or bad speech doesn’t make them qualified to run a country or a business. Remember this, Hitler gave intense speeches too, and look what happened. As did Lenin. There are many more examples. Think for yourself. Be a True American, and let’s all be free.(Sorry, I tangent alot!)
And as time goes on, more and more conspiracies arise about 9/11. I have read many and have seen some of the footage in dispute and some of it is convincing and intriguing. I will explore some of these in future posts…
But back to point. As people in 1963 remember where they were when President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, we all will never forget where we were and what we saw and felt in that day. Forever ingrained in our minds and hearts, in memory, in photos and in video. We will never forget. Ever.
Now on the 11th anniversary of those attacks, we are in a different world. Terrorism is a fact of life, but most people don’t realize that in some parts of the world attacks similar, but not as dramatic, happen nearly every day. And now in the current election cycle it seems to me that most people are taking our freedoms and willingly giving them up for the government to protect us. At one time the world looked to us as the protectors of the world (of sorts), and after 9-11 we became vulnerable. And as the wars began in Afghanistan and then Iraq we became more and more weakened in the eyes of the world. And to everyone who knows when smaller predators in groups see a weakened individual, no matter what the size, they tend to test defenses and ultimately attack on some level. And now two U.S. embassies were attacked and ravaged, with a few Americans dead. And this because of a movie, not made by an American. We have had terrorist attacks before against us before. In 1993, NYC, the first try to destroy the WTC buildings. In 1995, ‘Domestic Terrorism’ took down the federal office building in OKC. In 2000, the U.S.S. Cole was damaged in a suicide attack. In Germany, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Jordan, Greece, London, etc. Whether they hate us because of politics, ideology, land or religious reasons, they are determined to see the US fall. No matter the consequences.
Terrorism will never go away, unfortunately. Not because of politics. I believe it is in man’s inherit nature to destroy. It’s man’s inhumanity against man. Our future is clouded, as in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Yoda points out “The Dark Side clouds Everything“. We must stay strong, evil is about. We must be ready, for whatever lies ahead. The world will change again, and soon. Will we be ready?