We Are an Extraordinary People

We make an idol of the past and think we don't make them like we used to. But challenges come and men rise up.

I talked to a man last night on my radio show whose son was in eleventh grade on September 11, 2001. His son decided then and there he'd join the Army to take the fight to the enemy. An explosion in Iraq took his son's life. The son lingered for some time, but ultimately died.

I talked to a man in a dead end job who quit after the towers fell and joined the Army.

A lady told of her best friend who rallied her coworkers to get out of the south tower of the World Trade Center before it fell.

A man called who was in prison at the time the towers fell and told how all the men in prison with him wanted to get out to go fight for the country.

We are an extraordinary people.

In the funeral observances of John McCain so many people said things like, "they don't make men like that anymore," or "we won't see those kinds of people again." The human heart most often looks longingly to the past and makes an idol of it. The present is always measured by the past and often found wanting. But in our idolatry of the past we lose sight of the ordinary men and women who rise to meet challenges.

We had such challenges on 9/11 and both men and women left jobs, schools, wives, husbands, parents, children, and lives to go keep our country safe and free. We make people like that.

In the years since 9/11, we have not really been challenged as a nation. We have been able to focus on the petty politics of here and now as we bicker amongst ourselves. But something wicked will again come this way and we will again see ordinary men and women become extraordinary as they rise to face the fight. It could be your neighbor. It could be your child. It could be you. We will not know until the time comes to see.

But we should remind ourselves that we are an extraordinary people who do rise when needed. We will do so again.

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NWRED
NWRED

Do we still have the extraordinary people, and American greatness of 9/11? Black Live Matter and Antifa say America America was never great. Cindy McCain says America was always great.. Trumps says,, "Make America Great Again." Could we have lost our greatness under Obama?

The story on how to cook s frog is coming true. The liberals/socialist have gained the most when they were patient. Obama raised the heat too fast and divided the nation. The election of Trump was a blow back.

There has been so many changes in the last sixty years, that the response to another 9/11 will be different. Removing prayer and the Bible, to some is the beginning of moral decay at a faster pace History was rewritten to be politically correct. The more current students were under,"No Child Left Behind," and "Common Core"" For a t period of time we had others to help filol this education gap. Many of those people are now deceased.. I .

Billie
Billie

As most have stated another conflict will come, but as an avid reader of history, I believe the next conflict will not come from abroad but from home. There are just to many people with their hand out for what others have earned, to many people who have no historical sense of what America is, and to many Americans who have no respect for anything other than themselves. If a conflict comes it will be between ourselves. Those who want socialism and anarchy and those who want to save the America of Washington and Lincoln.We have a Dem. governor who tells conservatives to get out of his state. We have a Dem. governor that has turned a once beautiful state into a socialist nightmare and want to break away from our union. We have people who care little for the law or what is right who are so sure of themselves they hide their identity when causing mayhem. I don't see people with this mindset ever seeing the truth and so as they push toward socialism, those of us who believe in freedom will eventually find they must push back to survive. That I believe is the coming conflict.

ConservativeChick
ConservativeChick

well said Erick! I do worry about the current batch of 18-20 year olds. They are being taught to resent this country and that somehow we are evil. Spoiled brats have no idea.

Oldandtired
Oldandtired

And when will these "ordinary men and women" rise up and defeat the invasion coming across our porous borders? The illegal immigrants pose as great a threat to the USA as ISIS does, just in a more time extended manner! I agree, we have those willing and able to do so but when will our "divided" country make this a reality?

napleslover
napleslover

I disagree that we still have men and women who will rise to the occasion. Just look at who we elected in 2016 for president. Just look at who the nominees were in 2016 for president. Voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil. The voters were going to elect evil either way. Now, men and women formerly of honor, are worshiping at the altar of Trump. They will defend him no matter what he says or does. That is not honor.