The attack on the World Trade Center seven years ago still burns bright in my mind. The event certainly changed the world… at least the thinking of the citizens of the United States. Like many citizens, I never thought this country would be attacked from a foreign invader. 911 was a wake up call for me.
I had become complacent in my appreciation for living in a safe, war free, secure environment. Come to think about it, in the last 200 years, very few places in the world have enjoyed the security and freedom from fear of invasion that we have. 911 got my attention. We are not immune to foreign attack. For me, a feeling of vulnerability lingers to this day.
However, as bad as 911 was, I felt that it united us as a people of this great Republic…. a feeling a unity seems to abound for a few years. Now, the political atmosphere has divided us.
What I think is ironic.. is the fact that the two candidates running for the office of President Of The United States have made a joint appearance at Ground Zero to honor the memory of those Americans that died.
This morning, they came together as Americans…not as Democrats or Republicans. They issued a joint statement which said, “We are united as one American family. On Thursday, we will put aside politics and come together to renew that unity.”
Yet tomorrow, they will put on their boxing gloves and come out of their corners fighting… dividing the nation further with all their political rhetoric.
I was hoping this election would unite us again… but it doesn’t look very hopeful. I just pray it doesn’t take another crisis to bring us to unity again.
Just my point of view!
P.S. On this anniversary of the Word Trade Center attack, I hope all Americans will step back from all of this political nonsense and recommit to the values which have made this Country what it is… the greatest Country in the world.