To The Daily Sun,
On September 11, 2015, Americans remembered the attacks of 14 years ago and mourned the nearly 3000 Americans who died that day and the thousands of others who died or otherwise sacrificed as a result of the terrorist attacks. I thank the American Legion Post 33, Senator Forrester, other participants, and the attendees for the moving memorial ceremony in Meredith.
All the pain from 9/11/01 and related activities should have taught, really re-taught, Americans some reality lessons. While we want and pursue peace, others may war against us, even if we deny it. Failure to respond to terrorism is seen as weakness. Appeasement is seen as weakness. Weakness (whether military, leadership, financial, or lack of will, etc.) invites aggression. And, yes, there really are people who want to kill Americans.
Fourteen years later, we are ignoring these lessons. Enemies of freedom, e.g., Russian, China, radical Islam, and Iran, are building their militaries and becoming more aggressive. President Obama's agreement with Iran, eliminating sanctions and providing $100 billion, just strengthens and emboldens this enemy that cries, "Death to America" and promises the elimination of Israel within 25 years. Even the Obama administration admits that Iran violates agreements and will probably violate this one.
Many 9/11/2001 hijackers violated their visas. Yet, we have done nothing to protect ourselves from visa violators or people entering our country illegally. We accept hundreds of thousands of immigrants, students, refugees, and others from countries that hate us, and many believe in an ideology that is incompatible with our Constitution, laws, customs, freedoms, and tolerant way of life. The FBI acknowledges that it's impossible to vet these people (although ISIS promises to infiltrate terrorists among them), that there are terrorist investigations in all 50 states, and that some of these people have already committed terrorist acts against us.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen indicated that "The most significant threat to our national security is our (national) debt." (http://goo.gl/9e5Afs) Yet our national debt is increasing by $500 to $600 Billion annually for the foreseeable future. (http://goo.gl/8Ab621)
The interest on our national debt is approximately $400 billion annually at today's (temporarily) extremely low interest rate (https://goo.gl/2Pm0Da). A return to more normal interest rates will "break" our federal budget, causing tremendous cuts, enormous tax increases (causing significant investment, job, and future tax collection cuts, and making Americans poorer), inflation, and/or dramatically increase our budget deficits which further threaten our national security.
Since 2001 both the Republican and Democrat establishment politicians have controlled our government, neither party addressed our problems; in fact in their quests for power and wealth both parties have exacerbated our nation's problems. Today we are even weaker (financially, militarily, leadership, acknowledgement of reality) than we were then.
Democrat and Republican Washington politicians are out of control, they don't fix our problems, they don't listen to the people, they don't keep their promises, and they govern against the wishes of most Americans.
Until the voters replace the politicians who have compounded our problems with people who reject the party establishments and address our nation's problems, the loss of the American peoples' freedoms, opportunities, and prosperity will accelerate.
In a nuclear age if our nation continues to ignore the lessons of history, the American people may suffer a disaster that makes 9/11/2001 look like a minor event.