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DATE 2006-10-01
FROM Ruben Safir
SUBJECT Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [rebuild@twintowersalliance.com: Ignorance, Arrogance, and Power]
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Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2006 13:36:32 -0400
From: The Twin Towers Alliance
Subject: Ignorance, Arrogance, and Power
To: The Twin Towers Alliance
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Dear Twin Towers Supporters,

The people behind the third-rate plans for the WTC are
ignorant, arrogant, and powerful. But who is giving them
their power? It's not ultimately the media, who prove
everyday what patsies most of them are. And it's not the
minority of the population that wants to build something
else in place of the Twin Towers. It's the silent majority,
those who that know the Towers should be rebuilt, but don't
speak up and say so because they don't think they can make a
difference, who are responsible for what is going on -- and
it's time for them to find their voices.

George Pataki, Michael Bloomberg, Rudolph Giuliani, Hillary
Clinton, and even Eliot Spitzer, think of themselves as
presidential material. So why don't we make them care what
we think? Most people still believe that the right thing to
be built at Ground Zero is Twin Towers. Why would we let
them put up a crazy quilt of odd buildings and then have the
effrontery to call it The World Trade Center? Why would we
let them wear us down until we think that anything is better
than nothing? It's NOT.

The Twin Towers were not the target on September 11th, as
much as it was the American way of life that came under
attack -- and that is what will be endangered until we get
engaged as a society and stop leaving every fight to someone
else. We won't have a country left if we turn away from the
incremental ways it is being taken away from us -- at the
very time we face one of the most lethal enemies we have
ever known.

It is amazing, with all the hype over the plans for a
counterfeit World Trade Center, that people still search the
Web, find our site, and care enough to take a minute to
leave their names and comments. Just in the past week we
have heard from people who left the following statements:

>From a New Yorker: "I think to not rebuild the Twin Towers
is an act of cowardice by our political leaders. I would be
first on line to work at the top floors of the buildings."

>From NY/NJ- "I believe that by not rebuilding the Twin
Towers we will make a very bad mistake. We will be saying
that the terrorists have won. We rebuilt the Pentagon. After
the White House was burned down after the 1812 war it was
rebuilt. Why not the Twin Towers?"

>From Other Americans:
-- "Rebuilding them as they were sends a clear message, and
its time to send that message."

-- "It should never have been an option otherwise. And they
should have been rebuilt in record time. The way you
discourage graffiti is to have it removed in the shortest
amount of time possible!"

>From Other Nations:
--"New York, without the twin towers, is a defeated city."
--"I never visited New York, but one thing I was fascinated
about were the twin towers! I think the twin towers were
like the "trade mark" of New York. When you talked to anyone
about New York, the first thing you'd visualize were the
twin towers. I really think that the rebuilding is the right
thing to do, to honor the victims, the families and the
city! Please restore the NY skyline, not only for the US,
but for the whole world!"

And most moving of all was the editorial that a college
student in Georgia sent out to all the big papers comparing
what we are up against to "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington:"
"We must not allow the wishes of a few elitist developers
and political cronyism to overpower the desires of everyday
Americans to see their towers rebuilt. This is no Willet
Creek, but it is easy to imagine how Jefferson Smith would
view our failure as citizens of the United States if we
don't do our duty to stand up and be counted." We are going
to add Justin's op-ed to the TTA website soon. After
writing it he urged his parents and grandparents to sign the
petition. It is great to know that there are young people
like Justin Ove in today's troubled America.

If they are right, and if everyone who has had enough spirit
to sign our petition is right, then there is a lot more at
stake here than real estate interests, or the conceit of
city "planners", or the pandering of politicans. We have
never maintained that public opinion was the only thing to
consider, but it should have played a major part in a debate
that NEVER TOOK PLACE -- and to build anything until it does
take place is an outrageous abuse of power that should
concern us all. What could be more important than doing the
right thing at Ground Zero and who can legitimately say what
that is without an HONEST national referendum? Whether a
vote were held in New York or the country at large, the Twin
Towers would easily win the popular vote. So why doesn't
that matter?

When the politicians and the media are not serving the
public good and we do not take back the power we have lent
them and object to their manipulations, then it is as if
they are flesh-eating bacteria, robbing Americans of their
will. If not attacked, that disease could rob us of our
country. But we have faith that any day now a courageous
editor or politician is going to pay attention to what we
are calling for and change the course of history. The great
thing about our support, in this fractured political
climate, is that it comes from the Right and the Left and
everywhere in between. That says it all and should matter to
anyone who wants to be President of the United States.

In the end, the reason we keep up the fight against the odds
is because we are not willing to give this country over to
the ignorant, the arrogant, and the powerful.

Please tell everyone you know that it is time to join this
movement because the best memorial to all that we lost and
all we have still to protect is to rebuild the Towers.

We can still have the Towers we deserve. It's not too late
and we are not giving up. Far from it. IT ISN'T POSSIBLE TO
BE TOO BUSY OR TOO TIRED TO BE FREE.


Thank you for caring enough.

Your Fellow Americans at The Twin Towers Alliance

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