United We Stand September 11, 2019 | Richard Harris On the evening of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush addressed the nation and said, “A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America.” George W. BushRudy Giuliani, the Mayor of New York at the time, said,“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead, we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” Differences AsideWhen America was attacked on 9/11 the people of this great nation rallied together and were unified. We set aside our differences and supported the cause of freedom. The iconic photo of three firemen raising the American flag appeared on the cover of magazines everywhere. Our flag stood as the symbol of solidarity, strength and enduring freedom. Sadly, among some influential circles within our country, the unity and love of country that followed 9/11 has given way to deep division, and even to Anti-American hatred. While millions of Americans still remain proud of their country and honor its great legacy as a beacon of freedom and faith in God, a powerful alliance has emerged that is aggressively proclaiming a diametrically opposite mindset. “What A Disgusting Country!”On September 7, 2019, Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rouke said, “What a disgusting country this is. This is a country that has been defined by foundational, systemic, endemic racism since the very founding… The violence, the persecution, the droughts caused not by God, nor by Mother Nature, but by you and me, our excesses, our inaction…” Increasingly, it seems that many Americans are being persuaded to hate their country. Professors teach that Christopher Columbus was a terrorist who committed genocide. Protestors deface statues and takedown paintings of Founding Fathers. Members of Congress call our immigration officers Nazis and liken detention centers to concentration camps. Sports figures kneel during the National Anthem and city and state governments provide “sanctuary” to illegal aliens and refuse to cooperate with national authorities. A Study Of PatriotismA survey done by YouGov found that:Half of those surveyed believe the United States is sexist (50%) and racist (49%)American exceptionalism is on the decline. 46% of younger Americans do not agree that “America is the greatest country in the world”38% of younger Americans do not agree that “America has a history that we should be proud of”One in eight (14%) of Millennials agree that “America was never a great country and it never will be”46% of younger Americans agree that “America is more racist than other countries”84% of Americans do not know the specific rights enumerated in the First Amendment19% of Millennials believe that the American flag is “a sign of intolerance and hatred”44% of younger Americans believe Barack Obama had a “bigger impact” on America than George WashingtonInstead of the steely resolve to fight the Islamic Jihad that threatens us, the views of many in this nation seem to have aligned with the jihadis. Osama bin-Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda responsible for the attacks said, “Every Muslim the minute he can start differentiating, carries hate towards Americans, Jews, and Christians, this is part of our ideology. Ever since I can recall, I felt at war with the Americans and had feelings of animosity and hate towards them.” Our PrayerOur prayer and quest at the Truth and Liberty Coalition is that Americans will re-discover and embrace the Truth, including the great Christian heritage of this Nation. We have not been perfect – God knows. But, there has never been a nation in the history of the word that has done more to create and spread freedom, equality, and prosperity around the world. From the bold, audacious pronouncement in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights, to the sacrifice and stalwart opposition to Communism that won victory in the Cold War, America has been the beacon of freedom and equality to the world. On this date in 2017, Donald Trump, standing near the site of the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon, said these words: Here on the west side of the Pentagon, terrorists tried to break our resolve. It’s not going to happen. But where they left a mark with fire and rubble, Americans defiantly raised the stars and stripes –- our beautiful flag that for more than two centuries has graced our ships, flown in our skies, and led our brave heroes to victory after victory in battle. The flag that binds us all together as Americans who cherish our values and protect our way of life. The flag that reminds us today of who we are, what we stand for, and why we fight. Woven into that beautiful flag is the story of our resolve. We have overcome every challenge — every single challenge, every one of them — we’ve triumphed over every evil, and remained united as one nation under God. America does not bend. We do not waver. And we will never, ever yield. So here at this memorial, with hearts both sad and determined, we honor every hero who keeps us safe and free, and we pledge to work together, to fight together, and to overcome together every enemy and obstacle that’s ever in our path. Our values will endure. Our people will thrive. Our nation will prevail. And the memory of our loved ones will never, ever die. Thank you. May God bless you. May God forever bless the great United States of America. Donald TrumpNow, more than ever, the principles of the Declaration and our Bill of Rights are under assault. Now, however, it seems that the forces that are fighting against freedom are coming from within. Let’s RememberToday, on this anniversary of 9/11, let’s remember:The first responders who sacrificed their lives to rescue others. Let’s remember the servicemen and women who gave all and those who continue serving overseas and at home. And, let’s remember the love we had for our fellow American. But, as much as these things, let us bring to remembrance who we really are as a nation. The land of the free and the home of the brave. One nation under God. Let’s rise up on this day and reject the views of Beto O’Rouke and Osama bin-Laden. Let’s unite around the flag and the Constitution, and let us rehearse the Biblical truths to which we have been called and which are the foundation of the great blessings we have enjoyed.