Twelve years ago, nineteen Muslim extremists carried out a terrorist plot with the intent of bringing our nation to its knees. In the days that followed that infamous attack on American soil, we did not bow upon our knees. Peacefully, en mass, we rose up and united as a nation against tyranny and terrorism. Twelve years have passed, twelve years of war, poverty, and a gradual loss of our rights as Untied States citizens. So gradual in fact, that most will not even notice until it is too late. Twelve years have passed since that day that will live in infamy, and what have we become?
We sat idly by as we fall ever deeper into economic decline, we waved our flags proudly as we sent our children off to die in foreign lands for crimes they did not commit in wars we do not believe in. We knew all the facts about our favorite reality show contestant and none about the real causes and effects of sequester. A government of the people and by the people no more, bombarded daily with yet another new scandal, another security threat; another distraction as the powers that be slowly usurps our basic civil rights. Like Sleeping Beauty, awaking from a twelve-year nap, we are only just now beginning to realize how much the world has changed as we sat idly by.
It is our job as world citizens to protect the rights of the downtrodden. It is not our government’s place to show preferential treatment. The First Amendment guarantees us the right to peaceful protest and no one should be denied that right. I do not take issue with the National Park Service granting the Million Muslims Against Fear a permit to protest what they perceive as hatred and bigotry. I take issue with the NPS for not granting a permit for Two Million Bikers to ride through our nation’s capital in honor of lives lost. I take offense to NPS granting One Million Muslims a permit on Patriot Day, a day of prayer and remembrance for innocent lives lost at the hands of Muslim extremists. I take offense to the NPS calling the organizers of Two Million Bikers liars, yet unable to give a straight answer as to why the group’s permit was denied.
Is it not our job, not only as world citizens, but also as individual members of the United States of America, to call our government and government run agencies to task when they blithely disregard our requests for answers, for transparency? Is it not our duty, as the world’s leader in protecting basic human and civil rights, to question the authority of our government when that said government abuses its authority? Do we not have an obligation to ourselves as individuals to protect these rights even from our own government? For far too long, the citizens of this once great nation have sat back and watched idly as our government mocks our constitution and rights. Relying on the Sesame Street® generation’s attention span, we have no more time to process the Korean missile crisis and it is off to NSA and IRS scandals and the lack of action by our fearless leaders, before we are contemplating air strikes in Syria to uphold a second term president’s political clout.
There is a disconnect, my friends and fellow citizens. It is not at the end of your wireless connection, for while the NSA may be reading your emails, our government has not been listening to the snapping of its own citizen’s backs. Over 800,000 bikers will turn off the television, get off Facebook and ride the streets of Washington, DC, today. A ride for remembrance and a ride to tell our government peacefully, we have had enough. It is our right, we came here to ride, ride we shall. Should this, in fact be a peaceful protest there will be little to no mainstream media coverage. Should this turn into anything but a peaceful ride, rest assured it will be those without permits, those who dared to make a stand, that will withstand the worst of it. A disconnect exists between our government and our citizens.
Twelve years have passed and our nation is rapidly tumbling into an apathetic abyss. We are here because we allowed it to happen. We allowed our government to strip us of our rights. Our government sells a bill of goods; all wrapped up in pretty paper and they call it National Security. We cannot protect ourselves as a people, as a nation, if we are impoverished, hungry and unarmed. We cannot present an intelligent argument of opposition when our government withholds facts to protect personal and corporate interests. Twelve years have passed and 800,000 citizens will take to the streets in an effort to take back our country. What will you do?