September 11, 2018

Patriot Day

In December, 2001, Congress passed a joint resolution designating September 11th as Patriot Day.  This morning, President Trump continued that tradition with a Presidential Proclamation declaring Tuesday to be Patriot Day 2018.  His statement says the day is “to honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety & our freedom.”  

He especially stressed the national unity following that terrible day and how “our love of country was made manifest through the examples of Americans engaging in countless acts of courage, grit, and selflessness.  Their actions gave us hope and helped to sustain us in the days of healing that followed.”

Let’s pray that all Americans will again wake up to the importance of national unity and stop trying to divide us for political advantage.  We’ll soon find out: President Trump’s proclamation breaks with the previous Administration by referring to the 9/11 attackers as “radical Islamist terrorists.”  How many people in positions of influence will focus on the call to recapture our sense of national unity, and how many will attack the President for political incorrectness for daring to call the attackers what they actually were?

The threat that gave rise to 9/11 has never gone away.  If we hope to prevent future 9/11s, the most basic step is to be honest with ourselves about who the enemy is and what motivates them.



 Must-see photo

As part of the 2016 observance of 9/11, the New York Fire Department shared a photo online depicting what nobody at the time realized was the last sunset the Twin Towers would ever see.  It’s a must-see photo, but brace yourself for the surge of emotion that’s going to hit you when you see it.



 Spotlight on the Heroines of 9/11

In remembering the heroes of 9/11, let’s shine a spotlight on some unsung heroines: the flight attendants of the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston.  They spent the last moments of their lives calling the crew on the ground to describe what was going on and who was behind it.  That information helped authorities understand what was happening and the heroic passengers on Flight 93 know that cooperating with the hijackers would not save them but acting against them might save countless others.  Read more about these less heralded but very important heroines of 9/11 at the link.

Hurricane Florence update

Hurricane Florence is strengthening into a historically threatening Category 4 storm. If you’re in one of the states that might be in its path along the southern East Coast, then please be prepared.  And if you are among the million-plus people who have already been ordered to evacuate, then pack up your family and your animals and get out of the storm’s way.  Keep a close eye and ear on the weather information, in case more evacuations are ordered that include your area.  And saying a prayer wouldn't hurt. 

Some of the latest information is at this link:

And here is a continuously updated page that tracks the path of the storm and offers tips on how to prepare if you are in its path or on the edges.

Seven ways to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 year round

As September 11, 2018, comes to a close, here is an excellent article on seven ways to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 year ‘round, ways that help the survivors and that strengthen America.

Never Forget 911

I know you normally open this newsletter each morning to hear me explain, or at least make fun of, the overcrowded clown car that today’s political news has become.  But I hope you’ll excuse me if this morning, we take a brief break from politics and other trivial and divisive things.  

In fact, I hope and pray that at least for this one morning, all Americans will take a brief break from sniping, arguing and criticizing each other and come together as one to observe the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001. They took the lives of 2,977 innocent victims and injured over 6,000 more, and the toll continues to grow as many Americans die too young or continue to cope with the longterm health effects of breathing the toxic air while aiding the rescue effort. 

In 2009, September 11th was declared an official day of service.  The volunteerism-promoting group 9/11 Day asks politicians not to run campaign ads or give political speeches on this day.  They are welcome to attend the memorial at Ground Zero, but not to engage in partisan rhetoric.  This is a day for all Americans to come together and show our solidarity to those who would dare attack us, not a day to attack each other. 

Today, thousands of people are expected to gather for the annual observance at the World Trade Center in New York City. Vice President Pence will attend a ceremony at the Pentagon, where a third hijacked airliner was deliberately crashed; and President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will join a ceremony in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the valiant passengers of United Flight 93 became the first Americans to start fighting back when they said "Let's roll" and stopped the hijackers in mid-flight, bringing down their own plane and sacrificing themselves to prevent the terrorists from reaching their target in Washington.  A new "Tower of Voices" was dedicated in their honor there on Saturday.

Every year, we go through these ceremonies, and I hope we never stop no matter hard as it is to relive the painful memory of that beautiful, early September morning 17 years ago when we turned on our TVs or radios (or in some places, looked out the window) and beheld a tragedy so terrible, it felt as if the world were coming to an end.  The media chose never to repeat that horrific footage but it was a futile gesture.  Those who lived through it will always carry those indelible images in their heads of those planes crashing, the buildings burning and collapsing, and nearly 3,000 innocent people being murdered before our eyes.  They were people just like us: innocently going to work in offices, flying on business or vacations, working to protect the public – just going about their lives as we all do every day, when suddenly, everything changed. 

That blow did not knock out America – no blow is strong enough to do that, as we proved after Pearl Harbor.  When an enemy dares to knock us down, we get back up and strike back harder  than they could possibly imagine.  But the blow did shake our confidence.  It made us realize that in the age of international transportation, mass migration, and militant Islamic radicalism that allows for no compassion or assimiliation, only death to those who are different, we had let down our guard and allowed ourselves to become vulnerable to attack, even as our enemies’ ability to attack us on a greater scale with fewer resources had been growing.  

The World Trade Center was destroyed (the destruction so devastating that rebuilding still isn’t complete); the Pentagon, symbol of our military might, was seriously damaged; and nearly 3,000 people were dead, and all because of 19 Islamic militants with box cutters who had taken advantage of our hospitality and plotted to kill us right under our noses.  As we gather today to remember those we lost, let us also vow never to forget the hard-won wisdom we were forced to learn that day. 

It’s also important to continue holding these remembrances because time has a way of making things slip away if you don’t hand it down to the next generation.  Today marks 17 years since the 9/11 attacks.  That means the incoming class of college freshmen were just babies when it happened.  Next year will see a class of college freshmen who weren’t even alive when 9/11 happened.  To them, it wasn’t an unforgettable horror that they can still see in their mind’s eye (another way the media blackout of 9/11 images backfired.)  It’s ancient history.  That makes them easy prey for radical teachers who attack law enforcement and border security and promote a “blame America first” agenda -- and for recruiters for the very same beliefs and organizations that were behind the 9/11 attacks. 

Even after the incomprehensible evil of 9/11, we saw the rise of ISIS, and young people raised with all the advantages of peaceful Western civilization being persuaded to run off to the Middle East and join a group of conscienceless killers.  We’ve seen mass murder attacks in Europe and America, at places as seemingly secular as rock concerts and a gay nightclub.  And even in New York City, where vigilance and the watchwords "never again" should be at their strongest, last year, a man in a truck mowed down eight people on a bike path near the World Trade Center and a would-be suicide bomber set off a pipe bomb in a subway passageway near Times Square.  Both were inspired by the Islamic State group.  Yet there are many in that very city who now assail the people working to secure our borders and keep threats out. 

The writer George Santayana is famous for observing that those who can’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it.  As another September 11th passes, and as we remember the dead, comfort the survivors and renew our resolve that it “never again” happen, let us also vow that we will never let those who refuse to remember the past trick us and our children into repeating it.


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  • Esther Hopkins

    09/13/2018 06:38 PM

    Could you please tell me what the Democrats are doing ... It appears they are spending precious time and money trying to impeach President Trump... They should be working for the American people... Looks like they are slacking off.... Can"t they be fired for laziness and being inconpetent???? We want Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Judge!!!
    Love Sarah , she does you proud....
    Thank you, Esther

  • Elizabeth Pinkocze

    09/12/2018 10:34 AM

    It seems that Joe Scarborough never got the message about service day on 09/11 and to not use it as a political tool for his leftist loon agenda. I was disgusted by this idiot's tweet and I believe he should be fired for it. I pray daily for this country. I pray for your daughter, who fights to good fight each day and pays a dear price for it. I believe she calls on April Ryan and Jim Acosta for the comedy relief they provide and as an example of mind numbingly stupid reporters. Your daily editions are great, please keep them coming. Love you show and what a relief from listening and watching the hate and vileness every day. I ask everyone to please pray, pray each day, pause during the day and pray for our country and our President. Pray that only the best people, with goodness in their hearts and the desire to make this country a great place for everybody will win in November. I am a Christian, I follow the catholic faith, many rosaries are said daily. Thank you and God Bless you and your family.

  • David Dwinell

    09/12/2018 09:50 AM

    Democrats are supporting another 9/11 type attack on America. They promote an open border, no vetting of immigrants, allowing visa overstayers, chain migration, and prevent the government from really protecting us. Democrats want to abolish ICE. When you take away Law enforcement, the Islamic radicals can’t be far behind. It’s not a stretch to envision an illegal immigrant Kate Steinle, type murderer, to create an IED. Trump has promised to make America Safe again, yet the Iowa tragedy still occurs, and we have the Democrat to blame for our lack of vigilence. The morning paper is full of opinions that public civility has deteriorated. When a political party promotes open borders and such silly arguments, more deterioration can be expected.

  • Kathy Wingate

    09/12/2018 01:57 AM

    Well written tributes and rememberance of a day so painful to remember. I will certainly never forget, and I feel sure anyone who watched the live broadcast, won't forget it either. We must pray that God never allows us to "go to sleep at the wheel" again, and that our intelligence resources, will continue to be able to thwart attempts by terrorist groups to do us harm. Thank God for the brave first responders and other citizens who risked or lost their lives that day, so that others would live.

  • Anita Durham

    09/12/2018 01:26 AM

    Thank you for providing the news. I do enjoy reading all. I send donations to show my support, but I am being inundated with requests every day. None of them seem to be linked as one will seem to indicate that I have not sent anything. Money is very limited due to our ages, husband is 80 and I am 78; we are supporting two households, ours and a son's who was injured in boot camp and unable to find a job; and medical expenses, husband has ALS (Lou Gehrigs). Wish there was a central data base for donations to support our President. Thank you again.

  • Melanie Bruno

    09/11/2018 11:36 PM

    Yes, of course, I still feel it. That is why I cannot read everything that comes up in my emails and the blogs on this day; it almost turns me into a basket case again. And, to clarify, moslemism IS radical. Their evil koran (deliberate lower case) commands moslems to murder us and subjugate whoever is left. There should be no moslems in our country because they are dangerous. The leftists who have brought them in and continue to bring them in must have a death wish for us; only such people would do that. We now need another Crusade to preserve normal life, civilization and Christianity. I pray every day that enough good people will come forward to do just that. God help us.

  • B.J. Jackson

    09/11/2018 10:36 PM

    So sad to look back on all wars for sure. What is sadder for me is that our country is being destroyed from within. You do not shake your fist in the face of almighty God and survive this world. I am an optimist by nature, but we are headed for a worse disaster than 9/11 IMO. People better be praying more than ever before. America does not have clean hands. God have mercy!! Which He is right now. Thankful to know the real truth-the Word of God!! Thank you for all you do.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    09/11/2018 09:58 PM

    God Bless America!

  • Paula Evans

    09/11/2018 08:07 PM

    Gov. Mike:
    Please know that I, along with my family, am praying for Sarah. You have raised a remarkable daughter. She has a tough job, but she is holding her own every day with all the idiots in the press. She is focused, poised, DIPLOMATIC beyond ANY THING I would ever be, and a real testament to you and your wife. Enjoy your show on TBN as well. Thanks for all you do. PEvans

  • Virginia VanHoose

    09/11/2018 07:31 PM

    May we never forget 9/11..

    I do wish that they would just make Obama go away. I tolerated his lying ass, traitor to our country for 8 years and finally I thought he was gone. Now he is on my facebook every day, still lying, still trying to turn everything to his favor and most of all still talking about himself and all of his accomplishments. So tired of it all. I am not sure that President Trump will ever clean out the swamp...they are all still walking around, calling our President names and truly being disrespectful of him... and if they are arresting people, we the people never hears a word about it. The liberals, democrats and media are utterly anti-American and is not even giving Trump a fair chance ..they block him on everything he has attempted to do. May God Bless you and yours and President Trump, Vice President Pence and their families.
    I am only one of the deplorables :)

  • Amelia Little

    09/11/2018 07:03 PM

    While it is important that we never forget 09/11/2001, I am reminded today there is another 09/11--in the year 2012. While the attack on the Lybian embassy in Benghazi was perpetrated by terrorist, there was absolute betrayal by our own leaders in the cover up of what was behind the attack in order to affect the outcome of an election. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods lost their lives in the service to the US of A.

  • Roberta Crapo

    09/11/2018 06:38 PM

    I hope you will be able to locate the essay by Karen Vaughn, mother of a deceased Navy Seal titled " A Salty Sailor and the Fireman"

    She praises Donald Trump and feels he was used by God to get the job done of rebuilding the nation her son died for.