Alienation

In the final moments of the film United 93 as the passengers enter the cockpit, you can make out a photograph of the Capitol Building scotch-taped to the controls of the plane. All the evidence suggests that either this or the White House was the intended target. Either way, the goal was to destroy the site of one of the two political branches and symbols of the People’s self-government. Both are still here, occupied by the People’s representatives; the passengers who prevented the plane from reaching its destination are not. Think about that the next time you hear over-the-top anti-government rhetoric, whether of the Left or the Right. However much you may disagree with what some of your fellows wish to do in it, this is still your Republic. While elections are still held, the People’s laws enforced, and courts are in session, no one rules over us here, no one but ourselves.

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