Editor’s Note: This
letter to the editor answered the question I asked as to why 9/11 turned some
liberals into conservatives. It seems like kind of a stretch to say that 9/11
has something to do with abortion, but I’m sure everyone has their own
reaction to an event that monumental, so this is certainly valid. I’m glad at
least one person thought about the subject enough to come up with a
response. I may not agree with all of your conclusions on this subject, but
I appreciate the feedback, and it sounds like your heart is in the right place.
911 Shaped the New Conservative
To the editor:
his article, “The 9/11 conservative and the 9/11 liberal” (Sept. 11), Mark
Drought says he cannot
understand, “how Islamic terrorists convinced them (Democrats who
became Conservatives) to alter their positions on everything from taxes to
abortion.” I can’t speak for all “9/11 Conservatives,” but I can
shed some light on the thinking of former Democrats in my family. These new
Conservatives include my mother, who had been a Democrat for over 50 years; a
relative who had worked in Ted
Kennedy’s office; and my sister whose first job out of Wellesley was with the
DNC. The change of heart wasn't sudden and straightforward, but 9/11 played a
the matter of a morning, thousands of people were murdered on 9/11 in a horribly
gruesome manner. Those innocent people were given no time to say goodbye to
their children, spouses, parents and friends; no time to make peace with their
Maker; no time to live out their dreams for the future. It still hurts to think
treasured assumption that there would always be a tomorrow to get things right
was shattered that day along with the towers and the Pentagon.
What if we had been in there? Would we have been ready to die? Are we ready to
die now? Do our lives really reflect our true priorities and values?
of the values that 9/11 reinforced is that life is precious. Every one of those
individuals killed left a hole in the world. Every one of them had special
talents and unique strengths. Every one of them had a never-to-be-seen-again
personality. Every one of them is missed.
could we not see the parallel to abortion? How could we say some people are
valuable and unique and others are not? How could we mourn some deaths and not
others? How could we agitate for the protection of some lives, but not others?
Aren’t we all equal in the eyes of God? 9/11 tragically reminded us that life is
precious and fragile; it was time to live our convictions.
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