Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As horrible as this atrocity was, one good thing that came out of it, for a little while at least, was a spirit of unity in America. As we shared our grief, we held hands together as fellow Americans, and not as Republicans or Democrats. That spirit has also been repeated during annual anniversaries since.
In Columbus, an annual memorial of roughly 3000 flags has been set up to honor the victims on the Ohio statehouse lawn. Watch the short video below.
That same spirit of unity was on display today between Governor John Kasich and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, at a memorial service the governor hosted today. The two men, one Democrat and one Republican, don’t agree on much, and very publicly disagree with each other regarding Senate Bill 5. Yet, to honor the heroes and the victims of the tragedy, they put aside their differences and stood together. Joe Vardon reports:
Coleman, who spoke after Kasich introduced him to the crowd as “my friend,” said that “in the final analysis” of the effects of the Sept. 11 attacks, “we are no longer Democrat, we are no longer Republican, we are no longer white or black, Muslim, Jewish, or Christian.”
“We are Americans above all,” Coleman said. “That’s what 9-11 is all about.”
Coleman is right. It is what honoring 9/11 is all about.
Except, apparently, you are a public employee union. In that case, it doesn’t mean a thing. Right after the service ended, they converged on the flag memorial, and used it as a protest grounds to chant anti-Kasich slogans.
How utterly inappropriate and disrespectful. Of course, they absolutely have the right to protest. No one would deny them that. But they could pick any day, and any location. Yet, they chose to mar a 9/11 memorial, immediately after a service honoring the victims. Disgusting.
To cap off the sadness of such a spectacle with humor, watch this SEIU goon explain how John Kasich deserves 100% of the blame for Ohio’s slow economy right now, and how Barack Obama deserves…NONE! I know it’s hard to listen to this guy blabber, but if you watch the whole thing, you’ll also hear him reveal the unions’ real goal. He says Kasich should have balanced the budget by raising taxes to fund their greed, instead of making spending cuts.
Hey unions. Your choice of timing and location here was not a coincidence. And it was a disgrace.