PC Gone Amuck...Mayor Bloomberg No First Responders Or Clergy At 10th anniversary of 9/11

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PC Gone Amuck...Mayor Bloomberg No First Responders Or Clergy At 10th anniversary of 9/11

It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since our lives, our country and our way of living was so shaken by the attack on our homeland when terrorists flew airplanes into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. 

The attacks that took place that day at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the crash of Flght 93 in Shanksville, PA to thwart off an attack of the U.S. Capitol shook us at the core of our being and was meant to bring us to our knees.

Little did the terrorists who methodically plotted and planned these attacks understand the depth of the true spirit of our nation when faced with adversity.  We are a people who all came together in unity in spite of the hardships, challenges, sadness and intense grief that shook at our souls as we tried to comprehend and come to grips with the overwhelming loss of life that day.

We Must Never Forget September 11, 2001Now as we prepare to observe the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero to honor the thousands who tragically died and sacrificed their lives I read this article yesterday that the Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg is not inviting First Responders or any members of the clergy to the memorial service.

In another article Andrew Brent a spokesman for the Mayor said the commemoration ceremony is for the victim's families.  Excuse me but the First Responders who were members of the fire department, police department and Port Authority are a family of close knit brothers and sisters who at a moment's notice risk their lives for the safety of the people of New York. 

If it wasn't for their valiant efforts on 9/11 the loss of lives could have been even worse.  Hundreds of first responders perished in the Twin Towers so that others could live.  For the Mayor to exclude them from attending this ceremony is a slap in their face and their families and is disgraceful.

The fact that Bloomberg also wants to exclude any members of the clergy from speaking at the ceremony is in my opinion political correctness gone amuck.  Please tell me who gives him the authority to dictate who can and who cannot be there. Since when can't there be a moment of prayer for ALL that encompasses all faiths and religions?  Was it not the clergy and our faith no matter your religious beliefs that has kept us strong during the days, weeks and years following 9/11?

This is not the same America I grew up in where EVERYONE was included and no one was excluded for fear that it might offend someone or some group.  As each year goes by it appears that the memories of September 11, 2001 have faded away for far too many.  There is no greater honor or tribute that we can show to those who lost their lives that day than to think back to how we all felt in the days following 9/11 and to come together as one nation with compassion, strength and unity again.


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Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

Hi Donna, it just amazes me how some of the smartest people in the world can be so freaking stupid at times!  It's just plain common sense...like my (CHL) concealed handgun instructor said about a week ago, if you have an incident, the state will judge you based on what would a reasonable person would do, guess Bloomberg is not a reasonable person.  Can't wait to see if Letterman rips him a new one over this.

Aug 27, 2011 11:55 AM #1
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Donna, I am shocked, I didn't know this. I can't imagine what he is thinking, seriously. Those first responders are heroes and have suffered terribly since then. And no clergy? Is he afraid of insulting someone?

You are right, PC gone amuck and more.

PS, are you evacuating?

Aug 27, 2011 11:59 AM #2
Daniel J. Hunter
REALTORĀ® - New Port Richey, FL

Love it Donna.   It really is insulting to not include them.  343 FDNY sacrificed themselves to save others.  This is just a world turned upside down.

Aug 27, 2011 12:00 PM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I think the families of those who died that day should get to choose who to invite.  I think perhaps the clergy and the first responders WOULD be on the list and the mayor would not.

Aug 27, 2011 12:01 PM #4
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I agree with Tammy - if those families were given the choice, my guess is that they'd choose the first responders and members of the clergy. They' probably tell those politicians to stay home because it isn't about them and their latest photo op.

Sad that insincereity and deception are the rules rather than the exceptions with today's political "leaders."

Maybe they'll invite a Muslim terrorist or two to give a speech and say how sorry they are that they missed the White House.

Aug 27, 2011 12:12 PM #5
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, RealtorsĀ®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Donna, all I can do is shake my head. I can't believe they won't allow the first responders there. Bet if they were involved with an emergency, they'd be happy as hell when they showed up!

Aug 27, 2011 12:15 PM #6
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

John - When I first head about this I was in total shock and could not believe it.  Bloomberg will be judged by the people he supposedly serves and from the reaction to this decision he's not looking too good.

Andrea - I was livid when I found out about this.  There is just no reasonable or justifiable excuse in the world for Bloomberg's decision. 

P.S.  I'm not evacuating yet but we're ready to go if we have to.

Daniel - It's hurtful and insane if you ask me.  Mayor Bloomberg should give some serious thought to the consequences and ramifications of what he's doing.

Tammy - I'm with you 100%!  The families, clergy and first responders are the only ones who count.  We can do without the appearance of the mayor or any other politicians.

Marte -  Let's hope one day these politicians will get their heads out of the sand and realize that we don't need them to honor and pay tribute to those who died that day.  We can do it just fine on our own without any interference from them.

Eric - I thought the same thing but you said it much better than I could.

Aug 27, 2011 02:23 PM #7
Donna Paul
Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast - Dix Hills, NY
Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate

I knew so much first responder that helped out during 911 and friends too. I think that Mayor really have to think this one through.. We have to never forget 911 and their FAMILIES.  I hope that they would re-think this one and make sure that they are there for the families.

Aug 27, 2011 02:33 PM #8
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

I think Mayor Bloomberg has lost his mind!

Aug 27, 2011 02:48 PM #9
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Donna - I hope Bloomberg does too but right now it doesn't look like he's willing to bend.  His insulting and insane behavior is not a surprise to me.  I only pray that he comes to his senses for the sake of the families.

Jackie - Bingo!  You hit it right on the head.

Aug 27, 2011 03:15 PM #10
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Glad you addressed this here. I think it is the most absurb thing I have heard lately. 

Our faith and the faith of those men and woman, made it through with prayers and faith. 


Aug 28, 2011 12:24 AM #11
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Missy - It's so outrageous it's hard for me to wrap my mind around all of this.  I pray for the sake of the families and the first responders that Bloomberg rights this horrible wrong.

Aug 28, 2011 02:50 AM #12
Ellie Penaranda
239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co

How ungrateful can we be not to include the first responders?  Outrageous.

Aug 28, 2011 06:14 AM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Donna, I can't believe that 10 years have gone by already.  That was a day that I don't think this country will ever forget.

Aug 28, 2011 10:49 AM #14
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