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Will the spirit of our September 11 solidarity return to today’s politics?

As I remember and honor the lives of those who perished during the September 11, 2011 attacks, I can’t help but wonder when and if we will ever return to the nation that rallied and comforted each other after those horrific incidents. We are more divisive and intolerant of each other and our various viewpoints now more than ever. People are passionate and in discourse, we don’t think twice about demagoguing whole groups of people, stereotyping and casting negative and almost hateful judgments on people based on a dislike of some sort of political or legal policy or rules.

The war on terror continues and I am going to be extra vigilante going out and about today as I live dangerously close to Washington, DC which has been on extra high terror alert these past few days, as has been New York City. On this 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United flight 93 in Pennsylvania, I pray for the souls of the victims and wish that they are resting in eternal peace.

I hope that our nation too will use the occassion of this solemn anniversary to reflect and remember the months immediately after those attacks when we were able to put politics aside and work together, support one another and try to advance our collective interest in wanting what is best for this nation.

God bless the victims and God bless America.

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