I have never had a great relationship with my father because when it comes to politics… he wants to nuke the middle east and I would put flowers in guns if I could. My mother and I are fairly similar, so I was surprised when I received a message on Facebook with her concerns over my feelings about 9/11 and related topics.
Both my letter and my moms letter are unedited, I wanted to give you all an idea of where a standard American (my mother hears the news through friends and whatever makes it onto local news – and doesn’t vote. She is fairly moderate and isn’t crazy) views me and my writings. I also will include my response to her.
The reason I am sharing this with all of you, is it gives you an idea as to how “normal people” or at least “normal Americans” view us. This way we can appeal better to that audience.
Here is her message to me:
I have always heard about your right/left wing views from my friends. I chalked it up to you being young, interested, and full of enthusiasm.
The things I am hearing now…have crossed the line. I have had more than 1 person tell me about your comments regarding 9/11 and the downing of that military helicopter. This isn’t a video game that you can do over, it’s real. Those were real people in 9/11, with real families that were destroyed! Regardless if this had happened in any other country in the world, the majority of people would have empathy for devistation, destruction, and deaths.
Somewhere, deep inside, you know this or you wouldn’t pull those messages off your wall. You are not thinking/acting rationally. If you continue on this path I fear you will get to a place that you can’t come back from. There are a lot of radical people online that may agree with your postings. Those aren’t your friends!
Many people are concerned about you because they love you! I want to help you!!!!!! Maybe you need a change in pace to evaluate your core beliefs, values, and philosophy,…your future.
Nana & Papa are moving into my house in Idaho next month. It might be a great time/place for you to do some soul searching.
You know that I am NOT an overprotective mother. I hope you realize that I am truly concerned. I love you and want you to have a happy life. I will do anything in my power to help you attain this.
I love you sooooo much! Mom
This is my reply:
You are going to have to be much more specific in what exactly you mean? If you are talking about my post where I talk about how the terrorists won, it doesn’t detract from the lives that were lost… If anything, I care more about those people because I don’t want their death to be associated with the end of freedom in America which is exactly what it is seen as… Sarah would have you believe that only my radical friends believe that the United States is less free than it was before 9/11 but it’s just not true.
Mom, I don’t hate the people of America, I have empathy for those who have been hurt and have been killed by horrible people who are willing to end another humans life. However, we are doing the same thing… it’s not a radical figure that the United States has killed more innocent civilians in Afghanistan than were killed in 9/11, that is a figure directly from the military itself.
Let’s stop purely looking at what evil was done by the terrorists on 9/11 and let’s look to the actions that the United States had done to provoke it in the first place. We have allowed ourselves to believe that the terrorists attacked us because they hate our freedom… if that’s the case why don’t they now attack the other countries that have more freedom than us? It wasn’t because they had some jealousy complex… it was because our “freedom” is only as good as the people that we step on. Instead of the United States looking out for the interests of the people of the world, they look out for the interests of it’s own citizens and when someone steps out of line and doesn’t follow the US’ plan, they take them out.
It is not me being a radical because I feel that the united states was wrong for allowing US military to murder 10 innocent people while being tied up (the youngest one was 5 months old)http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/311006 I want you to read this full article, you can see it’s not from some crazy liberal news site, it’s from a real site which is covering a valid topic.
Those are real people too, why are OUR real people more important than theirs? Why am I wrong because I see terrorism as terrorism and I don’t say “well the United States’ terrorism is okay because it’s protecting our freedom”?
If there were people in the United States coming in on helicopters, and the people in those helicopters you know have burnt down our houses and have murdered our innocent civilians… you would want to stop them too. Empathy is the ability to take yourself out of your own shoes and put yourself into someone else’ place. Have empathy for the people in that helicopter who were only following orders… but also have empathy for the man who probably grew up never wanting to kill anyone, but felt pushed so far that he had to take the life of others just to protect his own home and family.
Mom, I don’t call for violence against anyone. I have taken a strong stance against violence… I haven’t even killed a bug in a very long time. I do ask that citizens take back their government… and take to the streets if nessesary but non-violently.
I hate the government of America because it will not admit that it is wrong in it’s actions… that it is a government built on military might, and has little regard for human life or freedom of it’s citizens. I hate them, because I believe in love and compassion… that there are no inherently bad people, only people who act out because they have been put under so much pressure that they snap.
In the long term, I am fighting for the safety of Americans… because as we know no great empire can sustain itself for very long. When it collapses it will be a horrible mix of the great depression and 9/11, and I don’t wish that upon anyone. We can look to history and know that I am right… it happens every time. Even the things our government tells us today, are practically the same words their governments told them then.
I don’t need to reflect upon the wrongs that the United States has done to the world. I don’t know what you would want me to find in my ‘soul’ anyway? I am sure that most parents would love their kids to grow up hating violence and only wanting more love in the world.
I just want to live in a world where we don’t solve our problems through murder and destruction. I think in 2011 we can find a new method of solving conflict. If that offends the sheeple who truly believe that it is okay to harm another human who they know nothing about, I am fine with that… because I love everyone (admittedly some less than others), and I don’t want anyone to die.