September 11th is a day to remember, a day to mourn, a day to weep. Perhaps most importantly, it is a day to re-assert our commitment to democracy and to re-assert a belief in REAL liberty and REAL justice for all.
In New York City, it has become, to many, a day to celebrate New York City and re-assert a commitment to the city itself.
It is also four years since George W. Bush swore that he would capture Osama Bin Laden. And after four years, our dead and murdered are still unavenged.
Four years ago, George W. Bush stood on pile of smoldering corpses grandstanding with a bullhorn, and intoned "Osama Bin Laden, Dead or Alive!"
And he was LYING.
Even as he did it, he knew that he was going to use the greatest attack on America in history as an excuse to occupy Iraq, rather than deal with those who actually staged the attack.
He responded to the REAL attackers half-heartedly, because that wasn't what he really wanted to do. He went after Iraq instead, which had nothing to do with September 11th, and which he had planned to do before he even took office.
Let us remember and honor our dead. Let us remember and honor the unbelievably brave and decent men and women who ran into that building when everyone else was running out. Let us pray for those in New Orleans who are recovering from a disaster even greater than the disaster that took place four years ago.
Let us mourn. Let us remember.
Those whose job it is to protect us seem to have forgotten.