Washington, We Have A Problem!

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The dust from the 2020 election has settled. Yet, the dust storm continues to whirl and twirl without dust, without force, just a bag of wind that blows and rages without substance, without reason.

WASHINGTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

By Al Garcia

The dust from the 2020 election has settled.  Yet, the dust storm continues to whirl and twirl without dust, without force, just a bag of wind that blows and rages without substance, without reason. 

Washington, we have a problem!  The ship of state is being forced off course.  It is being hijacked.  And pilots and passengers are avoiding the inevitable truth, that a deranged former captain has gone berserk, and is attempting to regain control and steer the ship into a building, like the September 11th terrorists.  The result of this hijacking, however, would be monumental and historic beyond comprehension.

And all I can say is, “Let’s roll . . .”!  Words that helped to save a nation, and thwart a conspiracy of terrorists.  Words uttered on September 11, 2001, aboard United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco, by Todd Beamer, one of the 44 heroes aboard that flight, with the courage of their convictions to confront an assault on democracy and humanity. 

For the four terrorists who died aboard Flight 93, it was all about hatred and the evil that festers and grows in the minds of sick and deranged men.  For the 44 passengers, it was about selfless sacrifice to preserve an unfinished dream.

Twenty years later, here we are.  Once again watching in disbelief and horror, as sick and deranged minds attempt to bring down, not a building, but a nation.  Once again, the shock and astonishment of where this attack is coming from, is chilling and even unfathomable.  The terrorists this time, being led by current and former leaders, turned traitors and conspirators.

How sad that the legacy of the Flight 93 heroes, and all those young and innocent men and women who have died in battles and wars for the sake of helping to preserve our nation and our humanity, is being forgotten and abandoned for exactly what the 9/11 terrorists were advocating – hatred, mistrust, distrust, lies, and unadulterated evil simply for evil’s sake. 

Through the darkness of the worst days of our existence as a democracy, we have risen to meet the challenge with our resourcefulness, our compassion, our national pride.  And each time, we confronted the truth and the reality of the moment, and we endured.

This time, there is a difference.  This time, the truth has been denied.  The reality has been repudiated.  And confusion, uncertainty and anarchy accepted as the new normal in a neurotic and paranoid alternative reality.  This time, there seem to be no Flight 93 heroes to intervene.

This time, the terrorists will probably succeed.  And this time, there will be no memorials erected for those lost and sacrificed.  Just ashes and dust, to be swept away and forgotten. 

Washington, we have a problem!  So, "Let's roll . . . ."


Submitted: September 27, 2021

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