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Where have all the heroes gone? (standard:Inspirational stories, 907 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Sep 04 2011Views/Reads: 1284/709Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
In celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in the history of the United States one cannot help but reflect back on the past decade. We have come a long way, but I am wondering if we have gone the right way.

In celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of the most horrific events
in the history of the United States one cannot help but reflect back on 
the past decade. We have come a long way, but I am wondering if we have 
gone the right way. 

My wife and I were thinking about this the other night and she startled
me with a question. Most of the time she just startles me, but this 
time she had substance in the form of a question. 

"I wonder," she said rather thoughtfully, "where all the heroes are

At first, I did not quite get her drift, and so I query her on the

First, I was thinking of all of those movie heroes that we hear about so
often. Perhaps she was thinking of Superman or Batman or some such 
hero. These days, most of our heroes are manufactured in Hollywood and 
have no real affinity for the average person's life. 

One of the things that amaze me about Hollywood is when they produce
their infamous reality shows; there is very little reality to it. The 
only reality about these shows is that makes real money for those who 
produce it. I could live with that reality. Hollywood cannot do 
anything without pizzazz to dazzle the imagination of the 
intellectually starved populace. 

Then my mind drifted back to my wife's question. 

"Those heroes of 9/11," she responded. "Whatever happened to all of
those heroes that stepped to the front when the need called for it?" 

Then I knew what she was talking about. A hero is someone who does
ordinary work under abnormal or dangerous conditions. Ten years ago, 
when our country was attacked these heroes stepped forth, did their job 
and then stepped back into the shadows of obscurity almost as quickly 
as they came. 

Many of those heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice, their life. Not
thinking about their own well-being, they put their life on the line to 
save someone they didn't even know. Many of these heroes died doing 
their heroic deed. Some are, 10 years later, suffering physical 
consequences from their acts of bravery. 

Just what is a hero? 

A hero is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. A hero is simply an
American who does his or her job when the need arises without any 
thought of political affiliation. I am rather tired of the political 
minutia that is paralyzing our country today. Let me say that I believe 
our country is bigger than all the politicians in our country today. 

If only we get the media to understand that all these politicians are
simply caricatures of some political ideology and not real people at 
all. Politicians are Washington's version of a reality show that has no 
basis whatsoever in reality. 

A hero never blows his or her own horn and consequently many heroes fade
into the background and are never acknowledged or even thanked. After 
all, a hero never looks for thanks; a hero only does his or her job to 
the best of his or her ability. Sometimes a hero only does one heroic 
action in his life. He's a hero nevertheless. 

A true American hero does his or her job when called upon and then fades
into the background so that some politician can step forward and take 
the credit. That seems to be the way politicians operate these days; 
the credit system. When something goes right, they take credit for it. 
If something goes wrong, they give the credit to someone else. I'm 
ready for the politician to step forward with cash on the barrelhead. 

I just have one simple question. When you are in trouble, whom do you
want? The real American hero or some politician... any politician? 

When the aircraft was smashing into their target, where were the

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