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Our Country Will Make it Through This...

September 20, 2001 by Still Mill


Our Country Will Make it Through This...

All too often, there are complaints about America and Americans.You�ve heard them...Too lazy.Too concerned with material possessions.Too worried about social status.Too into the party scene.Too enamoured with MTV, fashion models, SUVs, Nintendo, and Hollywood.

All too often, we hear about what�s wrong with this country.�� If we�ve seen anything from this past week�s events, it�s high time we take a moment and acknowledge what�s right with this great nation of ours.�� It�s time we stand and acknowledge the multitude of great things that we Americans share, which swells our hearts with pride, resolve, and patriotism.Let's be mindful of what we all know -- that America and Americans should be proud of this great country that we live in.


No other country in the world could react on-the-scene of those devastating tragedies so quickly, so orderly, so efficiently.


No other country could get hit with this kind of attack without tens of thousands rebelling in the street afterwards against their government.


No other country could muster this kind of ad hoc, grass roots volunteer support so quickly and so effectively. No other country in the world could get to the point where some donations had to be turned away, such as perishable goods, because there simply was too much flowing in to the disaster scenes. No other country could have lines going out the doors with people trying to give blood in order to help alleviate blood shortages.


No other country could so rapidly mobilize its armed forces, and no other populace has more confidence in its armed forces, than that of America.

All across America, we see the incredible outpouring of sympathy, prayer, and volunteer work.The outpouring of donations, in every workplace, every town, and every civic & private organization, has been tremendous.�� For example, in a small, rural, 1-light town in Indiana, a couple firemen sat near the main intersection last weekend collecting donations.Collecting $500, or even $1,000, would have seemed pretty impressive.�� Not to the people of that region.When the firemen were done, they counted the collection -- over $30,000.Not $3,000, but $30,000.And scenes like that have been played out all across our great nation.Sales of American flags have been so numerous that a shortage exists all around the country.

There is no question that the shape and very fabric of our nation has changed forever.�� The scars will run deep and will remain forever.The freedom that we once took for granted has now been altered forever.A mainland that lived its first 225 years without ever being attacked has now lost its �innocence�.Amidst all of this tragedy, let us take a moment and honor those fallen citizens, as well as the fallen firemen, policemen, & military soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines.

Let there be no doubt -- we will, as a nation and as an American people, overcome this.We will prevail.But the road will not be an easy one.It never is.Where do we go from here?Who has the answers?�� Perhaps Bob Dylan said it best:

�Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.�


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