September 11, 2018

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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  • Michele Miller

    09/13/2018 06:55 AM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for being a voice of reason. Your tone in this article is just right.
    Each year on September 11th, those that cannot forget, those that choose to remember, and those that choose to learn about the attacks that day are bombarded with so many emotions.
    Prayers for those that lost their loved ones that day. Prayers for their families. Prayers for our military, leaders, the President, our Nation, and all souls. Death and strife are horrible.
    Thank God that He knows the depths of our sorrows, and that as long as we have breath, we can choose to accept His love, comfort, and strength. We can walk moment by moment in it through every valley -- even the valley of the shadow of death.
    Yes, we need to remember, and we need to call upon the Lord. We need to stand up, speak up, and get involved to be His hands and feet, to shine like beacons of hope, and to walk in wisdom. We need to use our lives and our freedoms well.

  • cher bruns

    09/11/2018 06:42 PM

    I'm sorry but I don't believe you people in our government really believe that those planes took down those buildings etc. etc. I don't have hardly any faith in our government anymore.

  • Debbie Kraemer

    09/11/2018 04:02 PM

    Unfortunately lots of people, even my own 33 year old daughter, believe a UTube video that shows “evidence” that we, the US, imploded those buildings and killed our own citizens. I fear for the future of our country because so many young people are being mislead by social media and the mainstream media. My heart goes out to everyone who lost loved ones on this horrible day 27 years ago. We will never forget them because we know the truth.

  • Jennifer J Hill

    09/11/2018 03:22 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee,
    Thank you for your beautiful article on 9/11, but I believe you are omitting the most heinous evil act that took place that day unless there were no demolitions set that day from the basements of the twin towers. If this is true, as factually reported by experts and others on the scene, why do you and others pretend it isn't so, and that it was the planes that caused all the damage? And, do you not recall what President Trump said before he was elected about what really happened that fateful horrible day? And, also what about what happens every single day since Roe vs Wade!!!! Please get back to me on this, if you really read these comments!

    God bless you,

  • Frances Yanke-Kennan

    09/11/2018 02:06 PM

    Went today to Flight 93 which is about 30 min. away from where I live. There was a great crowd despite the weather. Pres. Trump and Melania arrived around 9:30am. The people that were there love Trump and what he has done for America. He gave a very moving speech that brought tears to my eyes. We are so grateful that he is our President !!! God bless him and his family.

  • Sandra Ruml

    09/11/2018 12:51 PM

    I saw on FB the live feed this morning of Pres. Trump in PA. I was so dumbfounded at the remarks on that live feed, people who still think that the 911 was a conspiracy brought on by OUR OWN Government. How do people get that mixed up? In between the messages about heros and families that mourn, these comments were scattered. It just amazes me. I watched that morning 17 years ago and will never forget the terror and the tears I felt and shed. It was my birthday. So every year on this day I have to relive that morning as we all do, I just dont understand.

  • donald franck

    09/11/2018 12:40 PM

    It should be advertised that John Brennan was station chief in Saudi Arabia where he personally approved the visas for the 911 high jackers over the objections of his entire staff. Also he is a Moslem.
    Check out the early history of Brennan via Google.

  • Tom Williams

    09/11/2018 12:36 PM

    Many thanks for the reminder. One of my first cousins, actually the one with whom I was the closest, died in 9/11. My wife was supposed to be in NYC that day, but thankfully, the client changed the meeting.

    We have been forced to confront a great evil, which is militant Islam, that glorifies murdering innocents in the name of religion. Hopefully Americans will reflect on this and recognize that beliefs do matter, that human life is sacred because we are made in God's image, and use some judgement to discern good from evil. Eph 6:12


    Tom Williams

  • rodney Burke

    09/11/2018 12:20 PM

    right never forget. Enforce the McCarran act, today. Out withe the sworn enemy no mercy. Jimmy Carter did it, so can we. That is a crime that Barry perpetrated on us.

  • Bettye Reynolds

    09/11/2018 12:19 PM

    Wonderful article, 9-11 changed America forever. I believe we are in good hands with President Trump and Vice President Pence. President Trump has put some good people in the rigtht place, If the Dem o rats would stop fighting all he try's to do: What would America be like today? Pray for you and your family.

  • Stephen Russell

    09/11/2018 12:08 PM

    Honoring 9-11:
    Flags 1/2 mast today.
    Name parks, fields, etc for victims of 9-11
    Every NYC Fire station renamed for those killed in 9-11.
    Pentagon Memorial Area estd.
    GoFund Me for victims??
    Victims rep for media?
    USS Twin Towers, CG, FF??
    USS Shanksville??
    Shanksville Memorial Park near any USNF park USPS area?
    Trails, bikeways named for victims.
    Hotel wing overseas??
    Honor Benghazi too at same time.
    9-11 Honor Guard of active service who Served during 9-11 event.
    (all forces send personnel alive during 9-11 & served or still serving to date).
    9-11 Victims memorial wall at US Emb in Mid East visible, inside compound but visible to ALL.

    Hope U use & share.

  • Kendra Strecker

    09/11/2018 11:09 AM

    Gee where is Colin kneeling today?? Why aren't MORE of our Congressmen and women speaking today?

  • David Merrill Gill

    09/11/2018 11:05 AM

    My Autistic self looks back, shaking my head on how we could have been so dumb to let those Islam practitioners get away with this.

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    09/11/2018 11:04 AM

    "Never Forget" so It "Never Again" happens.

  • DM Edwards

    09/11/2018 10:56 AM

    Is there any way you could investigate what is happening to the Wood Products Research in the Forest Service Southern Research Station in Pineville, LA and why? It seems to me that the Director is ignoring the wishes of the constituents (customers). The LA Congressmen are involved but I can't be.

  • Jerry Korba

    09/11/2018 10:49 AM

    Mike, Always look forward to reading the newsletter just want to let someone hear my take on 9/11 and the flag as a VFW post Commander Nike puts a different guy who really sacrificed so much for their poster guy Mike Rowe made a suggestion that maybe Tom Burnet might be a choice to be considered a fellow guy from Minnesota who helped bring down the terrorists take over of the plane that went down at Shanksville just saying Tom might make nike look a bit more American about the flag I had to present flags to to widows and their small children at the military funerals I would like to see Kap try that I am bigger than Kap physically but presenting the flag to a 5 year old boy I could have been knocked over with a persons sneeze and to hear taps if after all that u want to lead this country by kneeling during our anthem then stay with Maxie Chuckie Nancy Booker and all the rest of those wonderful beauties who I believe do not love America I really despise your actions I pray for Divine Intervention.

  • Stephen Russell

    09/11/2018 10:29 AM

    Honoring First Responders:
    Street, Blvd,Hwy, Frwy, Ave, Court, Bridge.
    High school
    Fire, Police Stations.
    Training camps?
    Nationwide, by State, Region

  • Max Fowler

    09/11/2018 10:20 AM

    Howdy Gov.,
    There were no athletes kneeling after 9/11 when sports events went on regardless.
    Too bad the athletes of today turn their noses up at that sacred memory. Too bad a lot of members of Congress have forgotten the unity.
    Seems, no, actually, some members of Congress would rather have a divided country than have unity. Just as Obama is trying to make America remember his goal of having the U.S.A. under United Nations rule.
    But America is better than the likes of Barack Obama, George Soros, Harry Reid, Eric Holder. Their evil still lingers. It's up to you and me to never forget 9/11, Vietnam, Korea, WW II, WW I, 1776. I was a on-site part of the Sinai Peace Accord in 1976, being Facilities Manager at SFM, as well as helping to plan the facility with Zachry Company. I am proud of being a part of that World history. Plus I got to meet President Carter outside the Egyptian Museum one day in 1982.
    Thank you, Governor, for all you do for America. I'm proud of you and your Daughter.

  • Howard Boggs

    09/11/2018 10:19 AM

    Your comment about the younger generation not knowing or remembering 9/11 reminded me of Judges 2:10 where “and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”. It only takes one generation of mis education to undermine important values. Keep doing what you do!

  • stephanie van campen

    09/11/2018 10:19 AM

    It is sad that so many do not remember or seems to care how we were violated that day. God bless everyone there working, helping, caring or ministering in any way to the people in those building.