When somebody uses the word “fascist,” what does that conjure up in your mind? What is the imagery that comes to mind? Is it ominous speeches? Red-tinted rallies? That’s what happened recently outside of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where Joe Biden, who sadly bears the title of President, labeled half of America the enemy. Called those who support President Trump and the America First agenda, a “clear and present danger to our democracy.” If you believe America is good, or that it should be great again, you are the problem.
I spent last weekend in New York for the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks . What does my time with the brave members of the FDNY and the survivors of 9/11 have to do with Biden’s red-tinted speech in front of Independence Hall? Everything.
I have spent the last 18 years working with the bravest Americans, members of our armed services, a path that led me eventually to serve the President in the White House as his Strategist, to be deputy to a man who shared my belief that our nation, and our civilization, needs dangerous men, needs warfighters to stand on the wall and to protect the rest of us. Without American warriors, the world is a very, very dangerous place.
But it is not enough to just recognize those who serve America in uniform, be they our warfighters, or the brave firefighters and police officers of 9/11. We all have a duty to fight, in our own way. Remember the heroes of Flight 93? Not Green Berets, not SEAL Team members, but the ultimate warriors. Why? Because they were the purest of Christians. What are we taught as Christians? There is no love greater than a man who’ll lay down his life for a fellow man. When those passengers realized what was happening onboard Flight 93, they realized that their plane was going to be used as a weapon of mass destruction as well. They banded together. They improvised weapons. They used one of the refreshment carts, a fire extinguisher, and with the words of one of those passengers, Todd Beamer, shouting “Let’s roll!” they took back control of that plane, and they saved hundreds, maybe thousands of lives. That was 21 years ago. My question is: Does that America still exist?