We Forgot

“Never forget.” That was one of the most pervasive slogans to rise in response to the nightmare we all witnessed fifteen years ago today. It meant waking up to the evil in our world that is interested in us regardless of whether we’re interested in seeing it.

At the time, it seemed like an easy promise to make, after seeing the video of people so desperate to escape the flames that they jump out the windows of a skyscraper, knowing they were going to die as they plummeted hundreds of feet but deciding it was better than burning or suffocating to death, the people on the other side of the world cheering the hell murderers acting in their name put other human beings through.

But we did forget.

Many — and not just on “the other side,” whatever your side is — still retreat into the comforting fictions, petty priorities, and utter negligence that left us vulnerable in the first place.

The Left has not taken responsibility for how their policies gave Osama bin Laden the opportunity to strike, continually downplays the threat of a global movement that wants America dead, has so stigmatized any discussion of why they want us dead that coworkers of jihadists choose not to report warning signs for fear of being labeled “Islamophobic,” spent the first DECADE after 9/11 slandering the president who put a stop to a state sponsor of international jihad, and this year has put forward — as their choice for the next commander-in-chief of a post-9/11 America — someone whose negligence has already gotten more Americans killed. By God, we haven’t even fixed the visa overstay blind spot that let 5 of the hijackers stay in the country on 9/11.

Which is not to say that the Right is blameless. We have not offered the American people a unified, cohesive vision of how to navigate these troubled waters. When the death toll in Iraq understandably left the public war-weary, many Republicans pandered to shortsighted desire to just get out of wherever is violent rather than do the statesman’s job of rallying people to understand that our sacrifices were to prevent far larger losses of life. By and large, the GOP was not outraged enough (or outraged at all) by the preceding paragraph’s offenses to hold Democrats accountable for them. Many conservatives’ incessant need to indulge libertarianism as some legitimate heir to the Founding lends credence to the lie of isolationism. And — strikingly lackluster for the challenges of the office though our own presidential nominee is — a vocal contingent of “conservatives” has prioritized their hatred of him over all other considerations to the point that they would rather have in office the wife of the president who let the first 9/11 happen.

We forgot. When and whether we’ll start remembering is anyone’s guess.

Bathroom Boycott-Mania: a Perfect Microcosm of Left-Wing Madness

As if we needed any more proof that liberals were pathetic sheep incapable of independent thought and unworthy of respect, just look at how quickly this transgender bathroom insanity became conventional wisdom on the Left that

The values of PayPal, Bruce Springsteen, and the fanatics, imbeciles, and scum that applaud them now include forcing women and girls to put up with men in their restrooms.

Never mind the entirely predictable result of straight male perverts exploiting the “enlightened” policy to try to snap pictures of women undressing.

No lightbulbs going off as to why these LGBT “heroes” can take this stand to boycott American states for requiring men to stick to male restrooms but have no problem doing business in countries where being anything other than hetero-normative is grounds for imprisonment and death.

Not a hint of self-awareness or shame about taking this as a grievous moral wrong while cheerfully supporting one of two presidential candidates who support the legal power to have your baby stabbed in the neck just months before he or she would have been born for the sake of convenience.

And yet these simpletons will still see no irony or hypocrisy in prattling on about how conservatives and Republicans are supposedly the ones perpetrating a “war on women.”

The Left is not a collection of equally rational, equally well-meaning people who have simply come to different conclusions about what’s best for the country. At best, these people are mentally unwell; at worst they are terrible people. If this swill of hypocrisy and moral blindness isn’t enough to finally wake the GOP up to the fact that they can’t reason with these people, nothing will be.