Every year far more Americans lose their lives in street crimes than died in 9/11. The reason you hear so much about 9/11 is because President Bush, never one to miss an opportunity, blew it up for political gain.
There is no doubt that there is reason for Americans to be upset. Those who died were unarmed, and there seems to be no reason at all that Al Qaeda killed them, except that they were Americans.
My question is quite simple. Where is the outrage for the Americans who are killed every day in this country? More than twice as many Americans are killed by other Americans every year than were killed by Al Qaeda. Does it matter who they were killed by? Why don’t we care that Americans are being murdered at alarming rates?? Because other Americans are killing them? That makes it somehow less tragic??
My American friends tell me that this case is worse because those who lost their lives in 9/11 were killed for nothing more than being Americans. But is the American killed accidently by a drive by shooting any more dead than those who died in 9/11? Again, is that any less tragic??
It’s not that I don’t think they have a right to be outraged, they do. But I just wish we could generate this outrage over the lives of these Americans who are killed every day. In New York City alone there were 536 murder victims last year. Isn’t that enough to be outraged over?? Instead we have to rely on the likes of George Bush to swoop in, but ONLY if the killers are foreign terrorists.
So, we expend all this energy on 9/11, a tragedy to be sure, but the murdered Americans of this year are just as dead.
The decimation of the American family is the main cause of the social ills in America and you only have to be “operating in humanity” to see that. But George Bush and his ilk never want to address that. They never want to address the teenage pregnancy rates, the divorce rates, the abortion rates, drug use, or the high school drop out rate.
In 1950 fewer than 4% of children were born outside of marriage. The social ills were negligible then. By 2008 over 40% were. It doesn’t take studies or a genius to see the correlation.
Children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.
What I want to see is this same passion for 9/11 channeled into changing the dynamic of the American family. Go into any suburban community and you go into a land of drugs and children being raised without fathers. THAT is the biggest tragedy of all.
Thanks to Ankhesen Mié for pointing out the TexasSparkle post.
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