I was a very young child in 1941, yet I clearly remember that day. I was much, much older on Sept 11th, 2001 and I will also always remember that day and remember it even more clearly.
Both days changed my/our lives in many ways. Pearl Harbor affected the country as a whole, emotionally and physically. We overcame a lot, we pulled together, everyone had a stake in the game. And we came out ahead.
9/11 was a shock to the fiber of our being and the country seemed to pull together briefly yet in truth we did not. Our country was still reeling and being torn apart by the absolute hatred that came about because of the election of 2000 and the long legal wrangling afterwards. The Democrats were not about to support George W. Bush in any endeavor for any length of time. The liberal media was also his enemy and as a result the whole of the United States of America has suffered for it since.
I am 77 and I do not believe this schism will be resolved in my lifetime and I plan to live to a really old age. I have become very cynical of “the opposing parties,” I see the DOJ not enforcing the laws; I see the IRS and the EPA attacking conservatives to the point that if they were Republicans, people would have been jailed, perpetrators would have been outed, and their political lives and careers ruined.
I did not listen to the President’s speech tonight. I actually wonder if he has the best interest of the American people in mind, and sometimes believe he does not. He sees us as a colonial power and has worked steadily to bring that power down. Can we get it back? I don’t know if we can.
I do know that I have been trying to sound the alarm, something must be done. I am not in this alone, there are many like me. I wonder if this is just the typical elderly rant, things are going to hell in a hand basket. I would like to think so, but I do not.
It is the young people who must make the difference. I wonder if they will.