I was shocked today as the 9-11 remembrance at the Pentagon called attention to the flag flying at half-mast “in honor of Patriot Day.” In December 2001 Congress designated September 11 of every year as “Patriot Day,” and in April 2009 another Public Law designating September 11 of every year as “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” Somewhere along the way I missed the “Patriot Day” designation. Becoming law just three months after the attacks, I understand that this was an effort to Never Forget, but then along comes Obama and his National Day of Service (and Remembrance). Enough. We will not forget by rushing out the door to work in the soup kitchen – in fact, we’ll just refuse to work the soup kitchen that day. This is a solemn day of reflection and recognition of the danger our Nation faces. We know it, because we saw it that day. Unfortunately for the Left, nothing – nothing has changed to lessen that recognition, but we will lose this battle, and it is a battle unless we do SOMETHING. When the new administration settles in, let us encourage them to put the words “September 11, 2001” or some version of that into one single designation for this solemn event. Drop Patriot Day. Drop Day of Service. See a video below.
On August 4, 2009, at 6:30 mins-into the video below, Communist Van Jones, who was then Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs, introduced the coming September 11th this way:
The other thing is on September 11th, the whole country is going to be doing a day of service where people will get a chance to get plugged right in, cleaning up their communities, planting gardens, helping to restore parks and streams. There’s a whole day of service that’s happening on September and that is a great place for people to connect, to find other people in your peer group who are also passionate about repowering America but also greening up America and cleaning up America.”
There is no explanation of why September 11th, out of all days, is to be proclaimed a Day of Service by Barack Obama. But we understand it. Terrorism is not to be acknowledged when it is Islamic terrorism, and this administration will do everything possible to diminish the focus of the evil that happened on that day.
The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.
This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year’s election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it’s not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing….
Here’s how it looked behind the scenes:
A coalition including the unsavory left-wing pressure group Color of Change and about 60 far-left, environmentalist, labor, and corporate shakedown groups participated in the call. Groups on the call included: ACORN, AFL-CIO, Apollo Alliance, Community Action Partnership, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, 80 Million Strong for Young American Jobs, Friends of the Earth, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Mobilize.org, National Black Police Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Council of Negro Women, National Wildlife Federation, RainbowPUSH Coalition, Urban League, and Young Democrats of America.
The Left doesn’t have clue of the service many of us provide to our communities and our families. Few of us would leave a brother living in a hut in Kenya without some degree of assistance – even those of us with a much smaller bank account than BO and MO. Many of us work through our churches and other organizations weekly to provide service. Taxpayers fund the mammoth AmeriCorps and other groups like them, which has tentacles reaching across the nation, allowing our hard earned money to be misused and wasted every day. Have a national Day of Service if we must, but not on September 11th of any future year.
Communist Van Jones Explains The Day of Service on September 11th (video)