After the 9/11 attacks the world watched as police and firefighters, and other first responders, raced to the scene to save lives, to dig up lost ones, to clean up the mess. The streets of New York City were like a ghost town in those days, but every day, Manhattan residents would see fire trucks, with the American flag flying high, coming back from Ground Zero, the passengers all grimy from their day in hell. They were our heroes.
How soon we forget.
Republicans love to wave the flag, and they love to talk about 9/11. It gave them reason to curtail our civil liberties. It gave them reason to start a war. It gives them reason to cry out against a mosque and cultural center that's going up near Ground Zero (read: incite anti-Muslim fervor). They even got voted into office by some of 9/11's heroes and their families.
And yesterday, they showed how much they really care about them.
The GOP defeated a bill that would have provided long-term health benefits to those sickened by toxins resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
Shame on you, Republicans, for using these people when you need them. Shame on you for turning your backs on them now.
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