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Strength Sought on September 11; Where is the Love Black Eyed Peas - Where's the love copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org On the eve of September 11, I was haunted by the heartache I have felt for seven very long years. On the night, before the anniversary of the horrendous attacks, I was reminded of the people gone and not forgotten. I also thought of those who survived. Time has not healed the wound inflicted on that infamous day, now commonly called 9/11. Indeed, with each passing minute and hour the hurt I feel intensifies. Minutes ago, as I prepared for the day of remembrance, I heard a broadcaster ask how to the loved ones of those who perished go on. This Journalist wondered aloud, "Where do these people find the strength get up in the morning?" The man on television screen touched me as he mused. The newscaster tried to imagine what life must be like for the thousands who experience a greater sense of loss than those of us who did not have a friend, or a relative, in the region we now think of as Ground Zero. Today, in memorial to the lives lost and in memory of those who survived, services were held. The current Mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg said September 11, “began like any other and ended like no other.” Indeed, the attacks on the Twin Towers brought about a beginning and ending that was distinctive. People, throughout America found strength. The vigor realized did not materialize in a manner that is reminiscent of the Irish proverb Mayor Bloomberg went on to recite. “Death leaves a heartache that nothing can heal. Love leaves a memory that no one can steal.” In the United States, thousands of fatalities did not serve to remind us that love lives on. The...
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Slackers Uprising and Uproar Slacker Uprising copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org Big businesses try to silence them, and these influential institutions succeed. Brazen persons, abundantly affluent, and government officials, content with the status quo also wish to secure the stillness. The hush from the hordes of those who do not vote does not disturb those who are well off. Undeniably, the quiet of millions calms those who want only the few and proud to vote. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are seemingly apathetic. Many of those who actively participate in elections are grateful. Some might say the young, the disenfranchised, or the everyday average citizen does not care. Indeed, most feel as though they have no power. Half of the public, are not counted as constituents for they do not vote. Many have not bothered to register. Those who did file the proper papers do not appear at the polls on Election Day. Nor do they cast an absentee ballot. Throughout this country, people have no faith that they can change the system. Several say, "You cannot fight City Hall; nor can one little person affect what Congress does." Certainly, these persons believe they will not choose the President of the United States. Politics is a game. The machine is fixed, and not in favor of the grunt, the peon, or the poor people who do the labor. What is, sadly, for those with less time, currency, or clout will persist. What will be, will be, fortunately for those with large fortunes. Individuals who do not participate in the electoral process may appear to be slackers. Yet, in truth most of these persons feel uninspired. More than a few feel as if they are in dire straits. Indeed, they are. The billions of dollars banks and industry borrow from the Federal government...

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