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Remembering 9/11

In a historic address to the nation and joint ...
In a historic address to the nation and joint session of Congress Sept. 20, President Bush pledges to defend America's freedom against the fear of terrorism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I must admit that I've been a little annoyed by all of the replaying of the destruction on 9/11/01 I've seen the past couple of days on television. I'm ashamed to say that because of all of the lives lost and horrific pain that tragedy still inflicts on so many people. So I tried to figure out what my problem is. Then I figured it out--I was thinking that the bad guys won that day. But did they? Upon some serious reflection the answer is NO they did not. In fact, I submit that they lost in a big way. Never before in my lifetime had I seen people come together as Americans for a time, rallying behind the flag and trusting in our elected officials and military to do something about this to make us safer and catch the bad guys. For a short time, we weren't Asian-Americans or African-Americans or whatever--we were simply Americans.

I don't need to produce much evidence to back up the claim that we have become divided, rather polarized along distinct ideological lines that seem to have a vast, impassable gulf between them. Congress can't get along and get much done (except take vacations and exempt themselves from the Affordable Care Act). The president can't seem to get along with most of them, either--and, thus, nothing gets done. Really, this prolonged, untreated impotence is sickening. Right after the attacks of 9/11, even people who didn't like George Bush (and I was one of them) rallied behind the flag and, therefore, our president--to defend our great nation from the savage threat of terrorism. That's how we won that day and not the terrorists. We didn't win the day Osama was finally killed--it was the day we all learned to get along and united as Americans with a common purpose. That purpose was to defend a way of life we now seem bent on destroying.
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