Do You Remember Who We Were As A People Right After The Attacks of 9/11?


It’s hard to fathom it’s been 14 years now.  Millions of Americans were getting out of bed, getting the kids ready, making breakfast, on the way to work, walking into school, arriving at work et al.  There was nothing remarkable about that morning — and then the world changed forever.  As we watched the images unfold from Lower Manhattan, we were no longer from our towns.  We were no longer democrats or republicans.  We were no longer Black, White, American Indian, Hispanic nor Asian.  We were Americans and our way of life was under attack.

19 terrorists, 15 of them Saudi Arabian, had boarded planes and started killing people.  But, that wasn’t the plan in the end.  The plan was to completely  take over the controls of the planes and ram them into buildings in order to kill as many innocent Americans as possible.  The Clinton Administration failed.  The Bush Administration failed.  Bad guys who wanted to harm us went unchecked in our country and did the unthinkable.

The result among us was predictable.  When pushed against the wall, Americans have always united and become stronger and more resolved.  We all became New Yorkers that day.  I would never suggest that we were better as a country because of the attacks.  No way.  If there were a way to go back in time and stop the attacks from happening, we would all do it in a heartbeat.  But, for a moment in time, we were one people.  And then, something changed.

We went from absolute support of our first responders because their bravery was on display on that fateful day, to people targeting the police like they’re the bad guys.  We went from looking forward to a flight to far away land to being nervous and skeptical as we board the planes.  We went from going to the airport for an adventure to being forced to take off our jackets and shoes and belts — being felt up by a stranger or scanned in a machine after throwing away our water to prove we didn’t want to blow up the plane.

We went from flying American flags from our cars and trucks to people actually taking pride in and posting pictures of themselves wiping their backsides with Old Glory or stomping on the symbol of our freedom.

We were attacked on that day because the terrorists hate our freedom and liberty and value system.  They hate that we don’t believe what they want us to believe or that we support Israel.  We rose up against that extremist ideology and become a galvanized force for good.  Today, many more in this country are trying to bring us down from within because they also don’t like our value system, way of life and/or love of freedom and liberty.  This is what the terrorists wanted on that day.  Yes, we lost 3000 souls that day and I would never attempt to lessen that loss.  But, the end goal is coming to fruition as well.  Bring down the American system.  Bring down American greatness.  Bring down American pride and exceptionalism and make Americans question their own way of life.

The best response is to come together again as a people.  Love our way of life and our friends and neighbors.  We need to once again be one American community that thrives because we do, in fact, live in the best land on this planet.  Our way of life will only survive if we stop allowing the hatred and division to permeate our resolve.



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    September 12, 2015 Reply

    Keep saying what your saying Joe. I respect what you say as much as I do Glenn Beck and Mark Levin.

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    Cynthia John
    September 13, 2015 Reply

    Thank you so much Mr. Pags. Our son joined the Marine Corp straight out of high school to defend our country against the evil that attacked us that horrible day. God bless you, our military, our police and our country.

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    Jason Starr
    September 13, 2015 Reply

    Joe, it's been my privilege to know a woman from Brazil who was a survivor of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. She was actually staying in the Hotel located between the two towers. She has spent many long years trying to regain her physical and mental health and is currently in talks with publishers to print her memoirs. I've also been privileged to read some of the advance copy, and I have to say, it moves me to tears. I hope next 9/11, her book will be published, and that she can be on your show telling her story.

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    Steve Kepecs
    September 14, 2015 Reply

    Heard you read this on your Friday show and had to find it on your site to forward it to others. You've pinpointed our current state of affairs to a T, and verbalized it well. I remember 911 very well and the one calming thought I had through tho first few years is at least now we hd put division behind us. How sad that we couldn't cement that posture permanently in our culture. Keep up the good fight Joe, your not just speaking for yourself, but for the large number of Patriots who agree with you!

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    Thomas Nelson Teller AKA TNT
    November 2, 2015 Reply

    Not that I am a bush lover but the last two years of his Presidency was under liberal law or ways now with Obama and his administration it's been almost 10 years or will be so the millennial generation has no idea what common sense is and most of the Republicans have lost their ways . So the millennial children have no idea what socialism and communism is all about that is my thoughts

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    Lobo Astorgano
    December 4, 2015 Reply

    HI Joe: Was rereading the World Affairs Brief and the point I'm trying to make is that if we had good people running the country most of this stuff would not be so prominent as the W.A.B. states. I hope that the next person voted into office has intelligence and is not corrupt. Love your show.

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