Today, Americans from Shanksville to Staten Island momentarily guide their diminutive attention spans away from reality TV, and take a moment to reflect upon that day seven years ago when something real actually happened.
And since that day seven years ago, Americans have bravely answered the rallying call of President Bush, and returned to our shopping centers and malls, acting as though everything was normal. Marching towards the outstretched Old Navys and Orange Julius' upon the horizon, this country has soldiered on. Oh yeah, and we started a war with Iraq. But that wasn't connected, or it was, or it is now, or whatever.
Incidentally, this election, and the two leading candidates represent the divide this country has experienced since 9/11. On the one hand, we have the "We are going to fuck you guys up for doing that to us!" mentality. This "with us or against us" approach has worked in keeping us safe (unless you're a soldier in Iraq), but left us up proverbial shit's creek with less and less foreign allies to speak of, let alone a paddle. This philosophy, as you already know, has been in the driver's seat for the last seven years, and is gunning for four more.
The other side of this commemorative coin is a point of view that has been stifled for the better part of the last seven years, and dubbed unpatriotic at best. The folks on this side of the aisle will have us believe that Iraq is not actually to blame for the 9/11 attacks, and that perhaps we should allocate our resources toward those that did actually instigate this. Going a step further, they might even examine the global economic, educational and environmental inequities that provided a breeding ground for such atrocities. But if they go much further than that, they're pinkos. And all the freedom fries in the world won't save their commie souls.
No matter what lever you pull on November 4, know that both candidates intend to keep America safe. Any insinuation to the contrary is pure muck that we here intend to break.
Other than that, take a moment away from watching CNN's all-day coverage of "Oh yeah! Remember that?" and spend some time with a loved one.