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I thought for sure there would have been more attacks.

I thought that by now, bin Laden would be certainly dead and certain portions of the Middle East would be gone.

I thought we would have learned something, that people would be better and kinder and more understanding.

I did not think that this would all feel vaguely familiar, that I would watch the news and suddenly be transported back to January, 1991, the day Natalie took her very first step. The day the Gulf War started.

I did not image that, one year later, the changes I was hoping for would never materialize. I never thought that things would just get worse.

I thought things would change. That September 11 would be a day to mark, a day to remember, but never did I think it would be a day to use and abuse to further ignorant agendas.

Here's the thing about hatred and the people who propogate it: They will find any excuse, any rationality, any justification to defend their views. If they have to use a national tragedy to get their point across, they will. Hate has no boundaries. Hate has no morals, no sense of decency.

From today's Newsday:

Friday night, Sachem Quality of Life in Farmingville will host a candlelight vigil at Ground Zero to launch a weekend conference, its second annual event focused on denouncing what it sees as an invasion of undocumented migrants.

Sachem Quality of Life is a hate group masquerading as a citizen's group. Their sole purpose is to twist and turn words and actions and laws so that their members may openly and aggressively convince the members of their community to hate immigrants.

The group was started to address the problem of day laborers in the town of Farmingville.

Ray Wysolmierski, spokesman for the Sachem group [said] "What happened at Ground Zero and what's happening in Farmingville, in both cases illegal immigrants are responsible for the tragedy. We'll make the ties at the conference. We'll make an irrefutable case."

Sorry, Ray. The problem of day laborers hanging out on your corner is not a "tragedy." For a hate group such as SQL to take Septmeber 11 and make it part of their agenda, to use it as an impetus to encourage people to have disdain for others, that just proves to me that we have taken a turn for the worse.

In small type, on the bottom of the page about the 2nd National Congress of Immigration Reform conference, it says:

"Many of the potential presenters and attendees agree that the one year anniversary of 9/11 would be a very appropriate time for a conference to inform the American public about how little has actually been done to control illegal immigration and to secure our borders since 9/11. These failures further jeopardize our national security. Being that Farmingville, LI, NY is so close to Ground Zero, one day of the conference will be dedicated to a trip to "Ground Zero" and it will be pointed out that the attacks were a direct result of uncontrolled massive illegal immigration and the inability of the government to enforce its own laws."

How nice. They will stand on the site where thousands of people died and use that place to spew hatred, ignorance and skewered statistics.

Im sure that SQL is not the only hate group using September 11 for their own agenda. And I really shouldn't be surprised, given that bigots and hate mongerers rarely have any sense of common decency.

But I am still saddened. I still shake my head in disbelief when I realize how long ago that day was, and how little we have accomplished since then.

We are still, and perhaps always will be, a nation of factions, a nation where proponents of ignorance, who think they are supporting common sense and understanding, line up on one side and people who think they are proponents of common sense and understanding, but are acting like closed-minded bigots line up on the other and each side lobs verbal bombs until the cows come home. They never talk, they never make attempts to understand, they just aim and fire and insist that they have the right to victory.

I feel the need to do something. The need to belong somewhere, to use my voice, to shake people and make them understand. Sometimes this great desire washes over me to to stand up and shout and make something of myself, use my words, my voice, my anger to reach out and make change.

And then there are days, like today, when it all seems so hopeless and my voice seems so small, that I just want to get back into bed and say the hell with it. Let's just get it overwith and wage war on ourselves and the last one standing can have this ridiculous planet as their own. It's damaged goods, anyhow.


Almost surreal that they're using Ground Zero and Sept. 11th as a rallying cry.

People like him should be smacked around, really hard and really long. JUst for fun.

What stands out to me, about his little speech, is his 'irrefutable case.' He says '...in both cases illegal immigrants are responsible...', though unless I'm mistaken, the terrorists were (for the most part) here legally on various visas, which makes his case rapidly refutable.

Groups such as his have been around since 1776, and yet the US remains predominantly free of racism (but not entirely). Their success rate, despite the publicity, is not as goopd as they'd like to believe. I think ultimately, the average American would rather spend time kicking their heads in, than listening to them.

All of the terrorist except two were here legally on visas. Two of them had expired visas, but had originally entered the country legally.

They are just using their percieved scenario of illegal immigrants being the cause for tragedy to further their cause. It disgusts me.

Ya know, I was disgusted by the hucksters peddling 9-11 trinkets. At least they are just trying to make a living! This is just sick.

what ennervates me entirely lately is people's certainty. the certainty of the warbloggers and other hawks that war is the right thing, that there are different classes of human life when it comes to killing. what makes it worse is my suspicion that most of them would not, personally, be doing the dying. war heros like our so-called president, who defended texas in his little plane during the vietnam war.

even my own dislike of such people bothers me. anyone shouting, even peaceniks. all this hatred on both sides. i feel a sense of responsibility to do something, to preach love and kindness, not to withdraw, and simultaneously a strong urge to crawl into a hole with a bottle of jameson's and a cello concerto.

so i will be kind to family, friends and strangers. i will plant a fruit tree and a couple rose bushes.

ps beautiful kids

And yet...the great thing about our country is that they are allowed to voice their opinion. No matter how abhorrent it is. And you have the right to voice your disagreement. We're still the greatest nation in the world. 9/11 was the first time I ever felt that this great nation was actually like a family. We might fight, we might disagree, sometimes, often, we might drive each other nuts and hate each other. But when it comes down to it, when we're under attack, we'll pull together, despite any ideological differences we have, and recover as a family. That time was our proudest time as Americans.

There will always be small-minded people, who thrive on their ability to annoy the general populous. So instead, don't give them what they want. Treat them like the gnats they are, and brush them off.

(putting the soapbox back now...)

"when we're under attack, we'll pull together, despite any ideological differences we have, and recover as a family"

Why just when we are under attack? Is it asking too much for people to be kind and respectful towards each other even in a time of peace?

As for recovering as a family, I have only seen ideological differences turn this place into one big dysfunctional family.

my god, that's frightening. I certainly hope someone out there plans on protesting that gathering of bigots.

I'm thinking that 'ground zero' is going to be very crowded next week, with all the people that plan on being there for one reason or another.

I think Miguel made a very good point, and I'm feeling the same way.

So, I said this last week on my blog, but I think it bears saying again here:

Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech was delivered in the context of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, but his message applies to all of us everywhere in the world even now.

This is the last paragraph of that speech:

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

We, the human race, will never be free until the day that we all join hands together and understand that we are all one. Freedom from hatred, freedom from terror, freedom from violence, freedom from fear -- those are the freedoms that mean the most and that the struggle to achieve will take the longest to complete.

"Bigot". "Racist" "Hate group"

Regardless of what the motivations behind the actions of the Sachem Quality of Life Organization are, the simple fact remains; their argument is correct, and no matter how many knee jerk catch phrases you use to categorize them, the law is on their side and for some reason, is not being inforced. Laws are being broken and various levels of government are refusing to inforce them, for reasons I'm not 100% clear on. Regardless, it is reprehensible how you people dodge the issue at hand by hurling attacks.