Partisan Hatred and Intolerance – Commentary by Frank Gillispie
Has it only been eight years? The dastardly attack on the World Trade Center and the pentagon, and
the planned attack on our national capital occurred on September 11, 2001, eight short years ago. How then have we already
forgotten the lessons of that day?
For a few weeks we came together as a nation. We embraced each other and urged each other to keep
our spirits up. We swore that we would never let such an attack happen again.
There was a sudden demand for U.S. flags. Stores ran out of flags and citizens were rushing about
trying to find a flag to display as a mark of their loyalty to our nation.
As an officer in the local camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I help manage an information
booth at the Comer fair every year. While supplying the booth with patriotic merchandise, U.S. and Confederate, I had developed
sources that I used to obtain a supply of flags. Our booth did a brisk business that year. Everyone wanted a flag to display at
their homes, on their cars and on their lapels.
Then there was the music. Lee Greenwood’s “Proud To Be An American” was the song of the year. There
was a song about the eagle taking flight. Dozens of other songs in both country and rock performers proclaimed our defiance of
the terrorist who would dare attack our society and our nation. We as a people stood arm and arm to defend our nation from further
But it took less than eight years to forget all that. There are places in America today where you
will be severely criticized if you show the flag. People who exercise their constitutional rights of free speech, freedom to
assemble and present grievances to our legislators and called “un-American” People who show signs of patriotism are dubbed
right wing radicals. Even those brave Americans who risk their lives to gather the intelligence we needed to protect ourselves
from terrorist attacks are now being threatened with prosecution as common criminals.
It is hard to believe that we lost our patriotic fervor in less than eight years. It is as though
9/11 never happened, or that in some way we are to blame for the criminal attacks against our citizens. The solidarity we found
in the weeks that followed the attacks has crumbled into shouting matches, insults and personal attacks on anyone who disagrees
with any subject. And the insults fly from both sides of the political spectrum.
For a brief moment, the actions of international terrorists brought us together as a nation. We
had an opportunity to emerge stronger, more united and determined to serve our nation and each other. But we let it slip
away. Today, just eight years later, our nation is split by partisan hatred and
intolerance. There are a few voices still
crying in the wilderness seeking reconciliation between the factors, but they are few and far between.
It is a sad thing to see.
Copyright © 2009 by Frank Gillispie
email@example.com, Hull, GA
"The [SPLC] report attempts to suggest that numerous groups (OK, ALL groups) opposed to the policies of the Obama administration are
some kind of front for domestic terrorists---- all driven by, you guessed it, racism." --J.A. Davis & Steve Scroggins in
SPLC's Reputation as Frauds & Conmen Grows
"...as we fight back against our own Right Wing Terrorists who are subverting
the American Democratic Process, whipped into a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their
treacherous leaders." ---BarackObama.com website, from removed webpage
cached on PDF here. [ Documented on Heritage Foundation site. ]
"What makes the Southern Poverty Law Center particularly odious is its habit of taking legitimate conservatives and jumbling
them with genuine hate groups (the Klan, Aryan Nation, skinheads, etc.), to make it appear that there's a logical relationship
between say opposing affirmative action and lynching, or demands for an end to government services for illegal aliens and attacks
on dark-skinned immigrants. The late novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand called this 'the broad-brush smear.'" --Don Feder
from THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER – NO ARTISTRY IN ITS SMEARS, 11/28/07
HATE WATCH - GHC's log of leftist smears and hate tactics
And This is How Obama Remembers 9-11? - Bobby Eberle, GOPUSA
Obama's Team Crosses the Rhetorical Line - Heritage Foundation blog 9/1/09
Rebirth of State Sovereignty - Frank Gillispie
Homeland Security Veterans smear scandal - Jim Dean, GHC
SPLC Advises DHS at a Secret Meeting - X-Files parody
SPLC's Reputation as Frauds and Conmen Grows - Commentary by J.A. Davis & Steve Scroggins
How to Make a Slave - Frank Gillispie
The Perils of Democracy, Part 5 - J.A. Davis & Steve Scroggins
Partisan Hypocrisy - Steve Scroggins
Secular Political Fanatics - Douglas Young
Order a Tombstone for the Republic - Frank Gillispie
Doomed to repeat? - Frank Gillispie
We failed to keep it - Frank Gillispie
Resisting Tax Tyranny - Frank Gillispie
Ignoring History invites Repetition - Frank Gillispie
Slavery, Apologies & Duty - Steve Scroggins
Founding Wisdom - Frank Gillispie
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