When did cruelty kill patriotism?
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 15:09
On Wednesday, the nation held a moment of silence for the thousands of people who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001. And I would say, as a `90s baby, 9/11 was one of the most drastic events of my lifetime.
Down with these planes and buildings went fathers, mothers, daughters and sons of innocent people. Firefighters and police officers also lost their lives. Along with their families, the nation mourned.
I was only in fourth grade, but I felt, as a nation, we had come together. On the television I saw everyone pitching in, trying to rebuild a piece of our first colonies’ land. I like to think that as a whole it has brought Americans closer, but then on Wednesday I get on Facebook and see so much negativity on the incident.
I read things such as “the government killed these people and wants us to believe otherwise” and “the government will strike again soon.” Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. No one can stop you from believing whatever it is you believe about that day, but do you really think that our nation did this to itself? Yes, we have had incidents during which Americans took their neighbors’ lives, such as the Boston Marathon bombing or the Sandy Hook shooting, but I do not believe we are so divided that the government would take innocent lives. Even in remembering the Sandy Hook incident, there was so much online speculation that it was a government setup. If this is the government we are under, why are so many criminals still alive? Wouldn’t the government take out the criminals first to keep the prisons from over populating? I am quite certain that innocent children would not be first on their “hit list.”
The negativity some people display toward their own country boggles me. I would think that you would love your country and are proud to be an American, seeing that so many people want to be where you are. You may not love the state you live in, or the town, or home, and that’s alright, but knocking your country doesn’t help or change your situation.
I do not believe these people educate themselves on the incident or they just feel that everyone is evil. Whatever the case, why post things negative things, especially like the government is “killing people?” 9/11 was twelve years ago, but it still affects people’s heart. Being respectful should be our No. 1 priority.
I know that America will never have a single voice, but I believe that we are one nation. Whether you are black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish or Christian, as Americans we should have respect for our country. If we do not, how do we expect others to respect the land that we call home?
God continue to bless America.