Posted on 09.10.2021

20 Years Later: Have We Forgotten? - Soapbox Jr.

“Oh, the cowards came by morning
and attacked without a warning
bringing death and flames and chaos in our streets
and in the middle of this fiery hell
Brave heroes fell”

The Last Fallen Hero – Charlie Daniels 2002

Since July 6, 2020, and in the months and now year since, I’ve had several people tell me two schools of thought. Either they are glad that dad isn’t having to see the mess that things have become, or they wish he was around to still give his thoughts on the subject.

And knowing my dad, he would have a LOT to say.

Dad loved this country, it was extremely good to him, and he felt an obligation to help those that fought for our freedom, and gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dad has told the story many times, and I have echoed it as well about when he was a child, my grandparents took him to pray at church one morning, except it wasn’t a Sunday, it was a Tuesday.

June 6th, 1944. D-Day.

He said it was then that he learned that only two things protected America, the grace of Almighty God and the United States Military.

I’ve also spoke about the morning of 9/11 and after seeing that a plane had hit the first tower that some small commuter plane had lost control and it was a tragic accident, but after letting dad know what had happened, was going to go about my day when the second plane hit, which made it obvious that it was no accident.

And the world changed forever.

Or at least for a little while.

Shortly after 9/11, dad recorded a live music video for 1980’s “In America” and it began with him addressing the crowd he was performing for. He said, “Every good American’s mind right now… there is what happened in New York and Washington a couple of weeks ago, and we have been across the length and breadth, well at least the breadth of this country since that happened, and l’ll tell you something. We’re in good shape. We are united like I have never seen us in this county. We’re getting ready to kick some butt, you know?”

Of course, it didn’t take long for politicization to take hold and things started to unravel to the point of which I’d say that we are divided like I have never seen in this country.

Dad saw the beginnings of this, but I don’t think he could have foreseen how bad it would get.

Twenty years after 9/11 the Taliban is now better armed and better financed than it was when we first sent boots on the ground there.

I’m sure that there will be a chorus of “But it’s Trump’s fault because…”

Just stop it.

Trump was trying to negotiate with the Taliban, but they had certain benchmarks they had to meet, and had they started the all-out takeover that they have now been successful with, he would have bombed them to hell.

And the oft-used “we were under a timeline from the previous administration” doesn’t hold water either.

This present administration had no trouble undoing as many of the policies of the Trump White House as they possibly could, and undid them in record time. 

This could have been prevented.

So now, the Taliban will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the worst attack on U.S. soil firmly in control of Afghanistan again.

Not to mention the chaos and the lives that followed the unsuccessful attempt to get all of our troops, allies and civilians out of harm’s which led to attacks on the airport from ISIS-K and took the lives of 13 of our best and brightest.

Out of the ashes of 9/11, there were two songs which emerged which seemed to become the voice for dealing with the tragedy. Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning,” and Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten.” 

Sadly, twenty years later, it appears that many people have forgotten, and most of them appear to work in D.C.

My heart breaks for the lives lost and the Gold Star families who now must feel that their loss was all in vain.

Every day dad tweeted “Benghazi Ain’t Going Away” I’d like to add, neither is Afghanistan.

Let’s all make the day count.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police, the Peace of Jerusalem and our nation.

God Bless America

#BenghaziAintGoingAway #End22

—  Charlie Daniels, Jr.

 

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Comments

Some Have Forgotten, Some Never Knew, A Few Will Never Forget
Amen, Amen & Amen Charlie Jr. I would give to anything to hear some wisdom from your dad right now......but since we can't I will try to give you my opinion as short as possible on this subject, cause this one winds me up like a 10 day clock. First look at Obama, How could America elect a Muslim president 7 years after being attracted by Muslims? This same sodomite president exchanged five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for one Army deserter, traitor and sympathize....4 of these 5 are in now in the Taliban government. A 4 year old playing marbles knows more about trading than that. Why is Biden bringing 100,000 Afghanistan's, into this country, un-vetted and un-vaccinated while condemning un vaccinated Americans who have shed blood for generations buiolding this great nation. I wonder what these me-too feminists will think when we have Sharia Law in the USA. The wokeness of this day and the fact that under Biden the color of our skin determines who we are has been unleashed by the most evil forces on this planet. The fact that Biden deserted American's in Afghanistan days before the anniversary speaks volumes as to his true loyalty and agenda......nuff said God Bless America and all whom have served Plowboy
Posted by Plowboy
This post 20yrs later
Why would facebook take this down saying it went against their standards and blocked someone for 3 days. It was just shared and no comment posted. But they're now in Facebook jail. Absolutely ridiculous. I read nothing that would cause that
Posted by Karen
20 years later
The current administration of "leadership" in our nations capital is an outright disgrace to all Americans! Even many of the left liberals see the direction we are being herded and are not happy .... That speaks volumes for how far we have fallen. Its past time to clean out this sewer and reestablish this country into the land of the free and the home of the brave. We owe it to those Americans before us and also for our country's future as a nation that leads by example. I'm A proud but disgusted 7th generation American. Mark in Shelbyville
Posted by Mark
The way things look may be the way they are.
It is often said the way things look are not the way they are. In my experience that is very often true. Yet for the last thirty years our elected leaders have acted as their job was to destroy America and have done a very good job of it. With the exception of Trump, all since Reagan have participated. Obama wanted a fundamental transformation of America. Where he left off Biden has picked up. It looks like the powers that be in America hate this nation. Politicians of both parties, heads of law enforcement and intel groups, those who control the nations finances, and the biggest corporations. Maybe we should take Biden at his word. He claims that the withdrawal from Afghanistan was a huge success. If he isn't serving the people of America it probably was.
Posted by Richard
Facebook, Fauci and Lies
Karen, if you haven't noticed, with Facebook, just like youtube, truth does not matter, my preacher has many videos removed from youtube as soon as he posts them.........Ask yourself this question....Why doe Joe Biden want to take your AR style rifle when he just gave the Taliban 358,000 of them? The answer is pure unadulterated EVIL. The following is a copyrighted article...... with link following........" In a text to American Greatness writer Julie Kelly today, Mikki Witthoeft, the mother of Ashli Babbitt, responded to George W. Bush’s 9/11 speech where he appeared to compare January 6 protesters to Islamic terrorists: “George Bush, the Nation I know does not shoot unarmed protesters. The nation I know does not persecute protesters for political gain. The nation I know does not deny due process. The nation I know does not withhold evidence. The nation I know does not support lies told by the MSM.” “Mr Bush, many of the noblest did hear the nation’s call on 9/11 many of them the same noble veterans that heard the call on 1/6 and went to DC to simply have their voices heard. My daughter, Ashli Babbitt was among both groups. Our sitting government still has many patriots jailed for exercising their American born right to protest. Veterans being denied rights they fought and were willing to die for. It was your voice that Ashli and many other young men and women heard and answered. Shame on you for comparing these 2 days in history. You should have your speech writers dig a little deeper before you push the lies of team Pelosi forward. The Americans that showed up for all of us to protest a corrupt establishment were met with violence-death-imprisonment and complete abuse of power.” https://amgreatness.com/2021/09/13/exclusive-ashli-babbitts-mom-responds-to-george-w-bush/ In closing as I have stated may times all Skull & Bones Bushed are pure EVIL.....nuff sais God Bless America, Plowboy
Posted by Plowboy
Mr.Charlie Daniels
I just want to say how much I love your Dad's music! I got to see him,live twice,in L.R.,Arkansas,was the BEST SHOW,EVER,I will never forget him,his talent,his Patriotism ! We are so very thankful,for him speaking out against our totally out of control government, and I just want you to know how greatful,we are for not only your Dad,but for you too! You are definitely, following in his footsteps and I applaud you!I thank you...We the People,NEED YOUR VOICE! So,thank you,may you find peace,in knowing your Dad is with our Father,in Heaven, is at peace,is in perfect health,and us with his loved ones,he's lost... Rest in Peace,Mr.Charlie Daniels,R.I.P. 💕✌💕 He was soooooooo VERY TALENTED and his music will live on,forever!!!❤
Posted by Carolyn
Diminished gains
Where's Charlie? Had it happened today, have no doubt they would be trying to use it ito benefit their political agenda, like they use the pandemic. (and been thankful for the opportunity it gives them) But in the aftermath he gave us the first state-sponsored caliphate, fully armed by the US, and funded by us. Who would have predicted that?
Posted by Jeff