Rebuilding the past…

Rebuilding the past…

I have been blogging for a long time. To avoid spamming your email, I’ve aggregated the political posts I made in my original blog, to keep it all together until I can separate them into individual posts. The writing goes back as far as 2005, and I had plenty to say about both the Bush administration and the 2008 election. By 2012, I’d launched this blog, so the archive won’t go back all that far, and at least this way I can find the things I’ve said in the past without searching multiple sources.

So far, I’ve moved the following years to their own separate posts: 2005, 2006, and 2007. When I’ve finished, I’ll delete this post, because the biggest part of housekeeping will be done.

I’m fixing links as I go, too. If you see something broken, ping me and let me know. If the post has the LinkCheck tag, I haven’t gotten to it yet. And if the link isn’t live, the page is dead. <---This part's done now! Thanks for sticking with me!

Nine Years Ago…

Nine Years Ago…

Nine years ago I was reading email when the reports started coming in. “Did you hear?

Nine years ago I got a phone call from my husband, saying “I’m all right.

Nine years ago I was playing with my baby in the bedroom, watching the news and talking with my aunt to check and see whether my cousin and uncle were okay, when I watched the second tower fall.

Nine years ago I sat, glued to CNN, holding my baby in my lap, in shock as the news replayed the images of people jumping out of the buildings before they fell. Watching as the news replayed the brief clip of a passenger jet hitting the second tower. Replayed the fall of the second tower. All day.

Nine years ago I watched men unfurl the flag over the Pentagon as we stopped to assess the damage.

Nine years ago I heard about the plane that went down in Pennsylvania.

Nine years ago I created an image and put it up on my personal web site.

Nine years ago, in just a few short hours, my life changed forever.

I was one of the lucky ones. I knew people who knew people. One degree away, many times.

My children will never know a time before the towers fell.

My children will never know the parents they could have known.

My children will never understand the changes that swept our country that day.

We lost more than people, more than buildings, more than money or livelihoods or offices.

The changes were more than just the ceasing of flights for a week.

We are becoming.

We could not have imagined the atrocities we have committed against other human beings but we have justified these acts in the names of those who died that day.

We could not have imagined a war on terror, but we have justified this war in the names of those who died that day.

We could not have imagined the public burning of a holy book, even though some of those people lived by that book, but we have justified the burning in the names of those who died that day.

We could not have imagined the security cameras or the patting down or the microchips or the full body scans or the daily invasions of privacy, but we have justified it all in the names of those who died that day.

We are racing toward our own destruction as the rich refuse to understand our peril and hunker down with their wealth.

We are hurtling toward our own destruction as the fundamentalist Christian faiths forget our collective roots, our history.

We are floating toward our own destruction on the wings of hate and discord.

We are flying toward an inevitable conclusion that one hundred years from now we will not be what we were before.

Unless…

We recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
We treat every person with justice, equity and compassion.
We accept one another for what we are, without caveats or excuses.
We allow a free and responsible search for truth and meaning for everyone.
We recognize and preserve the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process everywhere.
We find a way to live in a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
We respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Without these truths we can never establish justice,
Insure domestic tranquility,
Provide for the common defense,
Promote the general welfare
Or secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

Our people are waiting.

What will we do to remember?

[Edited because while I can write up a storm, I can’t add.]

So it’s not that important that the President thinks kids should stay in school?

So it’s not that important that the President thinks kids should stay in school?

I just received this message regarding the President’s Tuesday speech to students, forwarded on to me through an education email list:

PGCPS Position on Viewing of President’s National Address:

PGCPS Position on Viewing President’s National Address
Social Studies and Local-State-and-National Government Classes to be given access to speech through internet and cable.
PGCPS Meets AYP
2009-09-04

The Prince George’s County Board of Education and Prince George’s County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. today announced that Internet and cable access to President Barack Obama’s upcoming national address will be given to its Social Studies and Local-State-and-National Government classes. Principals and teachers will ultimately have the latitude regarding viewing the address throughout the day.

On Tuesday, September 8th at 12 noon EDT, President Obama will be speaking directly to America’s students on the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school.

“As President Obama has set aside time to speak specifically to students across the country on academic success, we wanted to give our principals and teachers access to his message,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Prince George’s County Board of Education Chair. “However, as with most other decisions in running individual schools and classrooms, it is equally important that we continue to give our staff complete discretion with this opportunity.”

Parents have the opportunity to opt out of having their child(ren) view the President’s national address, which is slated to last ten minutes. Parents who would NOT like their child to view this address are asked to send a note with their child on Tuesday, September 8, stating this. Other educational supervised activities will be provided to students not permitted to view the address.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman-Potter will watch the speech with students from a 10th Grade Local-State-and-National Government class at Frederick Douglass High School, 8000 Croom Road, Upper Marlboro, MD.

According to a press release from The White House, “The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.”

To learn more on this topic, click on the following:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/mediaresources/ [Dead link]

I haven’t been able to put my finger on just why the fuss is bothering me so much. I certainly don’t remember there being so much as a peep in the negative about President Bush when he did the same thing in 1991, or First Lady Laura Bush addressing classrooms of students, so why, now, is this such a big, huge, hairy deal?

For pity’s sake!

I should think that any parent would want to know whether his or her child’s teacher chose not to watch the speech, for all sorts of reasons. You then have to wonder if this same teacher feels it’s appropriate to self-censor history or science books, in case, you know, the books don’t match the teacher’s own views.

According to this (President Barack Obama Makes Historic Speech to America’s Students) the Obama administration is providing the text of the speech in advance, so fears have a shot at being allayed.

If we require all our children to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning but treat a message from the President of our country with this sort of disregard, what message are we really sending to our children? Is the flag more important than the leader of the country?

BTW: The ongoing “birth” debate is getting on my very last nerve. You’re American if you’re born on American soil. It doesn’t matter where your parents were born or what their citizenship status is. Obama is a native Hawaiian. Unless we’ve suddenly taken statehood away from the state*, that makes him American. Birth Certificates are applied for after birth. Place of birth is a prominent feature on any certificate in the US at least, and assuming the Kenyan cert has Hawaii, well, there ya go.

*Not that there aren’t native Hawaiians out there who would be more than happy to see the US get the hell out, but that’s not likely to happen, and it’s irrelevant to the subject above…

Sheesh, people!

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