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I used to live in New York City. I worked on Broadway for several years. I remember the World Trade Center towers very well. I was among the few who loved those structures.

Two weeks ago my husband and I spent 10 glorious days in New York City. We traveled to the Statue of Liberty, because he’d never seen it, as well as Ground Zero, a very moving experience for us both.

I’ve been on the web for over ten years, doing most of my writing for other sites, but I’ve had my site for a long time, though it existed in relative obscurity until I went to blogging one year ago. On the morning of September 12, 2001, at 1:30 a.m., I sat down to write "Pissed Off." Just days after the attacks on September 11, 2001, I wrote the the section below on my website. I offer it certainly not out of ego but to remind everyone, because many have forgotten, due to the lies and horrors we’ve experienced, that our nation was once united. I don’t need to tell anyone that it is no longer.

It’s also important to remember that amidst the Islamic religious rhetoric and all the genuflecting to their faith, when it comes down to it, the majority of these extremists are nothing but lustful murderers, with an insatiable appetite for flesh, dead or alive. Here’s part of the post I wrote early on 9/12/01.

“America’s going to see blood. Wait until tomorrow.”

Some time on September 10th, two or three Muslim men walked into a bar in Daytona Beach, Florida, sat down and began drinking and carousing. Two of the men ran up bar tabs of around $48.00, one drinking vodka; the other drinking rum (according to Fouad Ajami of U.S. News & World Report, and John Hopkins University, speaking on Charlie Rose), though other reports have the figure at "hundreds of dollars." But they weren’t simply drinking in a local tavern. These Muslims were in a strip joint talking to a bartender who must have thought they were just a couple of drunken sleaze bags spouting nonsense. The boys also did a bit of pleasure seeking while they were at it, buying erotic joy rides from naked women. They must have felt like kids in a candy store, as the strippers gyrated over their bodies, undulating their breasts in their faces, giving the Muslims forbidden pleasures they’d never known before. But what the bartender who heard their words of terror (interviewed by NBC News on 9.13.01) never imagined, was that these three men drinking and getting off on naked women would turn out to be serious Islamic terrorists imparting a chilling prophecy.

1 World Trade Center stood 1,368 feet tall, and 2 World Trade Center stood 1,362 feet tall; they were erected 28 years ago; stood 110 stories high; had separate zip codes, and were facetiously named “David” and “Nelson,” after the Rockefellers. THE TOWERS symbolized so many things to New York City, our country and the world.

Architecture has always been the orphan art of the people, but now it stands as a powerful symbol of what separates civilization from those who would destroy the world. …

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From a strip joint in Daytona Beach, Florida, intoxicated Muslim terrorists with naked women dancing in their heads emerged dreaming of destroying a nation; hoping to bring the wealthiest country in the world to its knees by destroying symbols of our culture, and killing thousands and thousands of its citizens in the process. The only thing these terrorists accomplished was to wake us up from a long, lazy sleep in which our liberties, blessings and our way of life had become something we take for granted. Those days are gone. …

Rebuild the Towers (9.13.01)

It’s fitting to mention ABC’s warm up act last night to "Path to 9/11." It was an hour of Franklin Graham, the son and evangelical heir apparent to the famous preacher to many presidents, Billy Graham. It’s hard to believe, but ABC out did Fox "News" channel last night. But there you have it.

Not long after 9/11, President Bush gave his sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington. You may not remember or want to recall, but the nation backed President Bush on those horrible days after Osama bin Laden leveled the World Trace Center towers, with very little divide between political parties. We were all simply Americans. The post infuriates me today. It is called "Making of a Man." Mind you, I never stopped wishing Al Gore was the man leading us, but after a national tragedy like 9/11 you are forced to fight the terrorists with the president you’ve got not the one you wish you had. Reading the post still incenses me, as it will you, but please be kind. I am such an idealist that amidst the rubble that was our country I so wanted to believe that George W. Bush could handle the job, would handle the job, would do what was required. Country came before politics in the aftermath of 9/11. America was wounded, with thousands dead, and so many unknowns to face.

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Our president’s moral collapse is now so utterly complete that looking back on "Making of a Man" sends my nerves into spasms, my rage rising. I was one of the people who wanted to believe we were in good hands. There were many of us out here, because we simply had to trust. George W. Bush was president and there wasn’t a thing we could do about it. Three days after that post I wrote "Questioning Authority." Indeed.

What I hoped would be was not to come to pass. George W. Bush took another path, the one we should never have traveled and which he has promised to pass on to the next presidents, plural, which unfortunately doesn’t just include Iraq, but the Middle East, Iran, North Korea, China, energy independence, healthcare, poverty, the people of the Gulf Coast, the middle class, the debt, our future, the Constitution of the United States of America, and our very republic.

On September 11, 2001 the nation actually breathed a sigh of relief that the grown ups were in charge.

God help us. We need a hail Mary.

Let us never forget.

Bush graphic via DailyKos

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Taylor Marsh

Taylor Marsh

Taylor is a political commentator and radio personality who has been interviewed by C-SPAN's Washington Journal and all across TV and right-wing radio. She's been on the web for 10 years, going to blogging in late 2005. Taylor is affiliated with The Patriot Project, writes for Huffington Post, as well as Alternet. Her radio show debuted in 2002, which she now brings to her blog Mon-Thur, 6:00 p.m. Eastern or 3:00 p.m. Pacific. One of her passions is painting and creating political art. The graphic at the top of her blog is taken from the expressionist flag art that hangs in her home. She was born in Missouri, and has lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and some points in between.

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