I had to speak at a conference today, so I was a lot more focused on work than I usually am on this day. Yet one cannot escape the significance of the day. On the first anniversary to have fallen on the same day (Tuesday) as the original event, all signs were that our national tragedy has started down the long path of corruption in the national conscience. A day of mourning no longer, 9/11 has been co-opted by politicians and vested interests. Every year the days leading up to the anniversary seem to become more and more contentious. Everyone seems to have this mistaken belief that they somehow have more of a claim to this day than anyone else. It may be more personal for some than others (and certainly is most for the family members of those who died), yet the day and its significance belongs to us all, and should not be corrupted this way.
It’s sad, but on this 9/11, I can’t help but feel angrier than I did on this day 6 years ago. That day I was angry at unnamed others who attacked us. Today, I am angry at us. At our President and our government that has taken us so far away from the path we as a nation should have (and I believe wanted to) taken after that day. At the candidates that try to convert 9/11 into political currency. At the different groups that constantly lay claim to knowing what should be done on this day. At the people who have made the World Trade Center site into a tourist attraction. And at the national mentality we have that will insure that 50 years from now, 9/11 will simply be another day in the year when car dealerships will offer special low prices, and the mall will be open for longer sales.
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