Today there will be a lot of somber activities devoted to the casualties and horrific incidents surrounding 9/11/2001. Many know people that were impacted by this, but as a nation, we’ll never really shake the images or feelings of the event. In everyone’s lifetime, they are part of an event that is part of a historic “collective”. Where were you when the Space Shuttle crashed, where were you when President Kennedy was shot?
What I’d like to point out today is that while I feel it’s a beautiful, necessary thing to stop and pay homage, I’m embarrassed that in this election season, political candidates will use 9/11/2001 as a platform for why they would be a better choice, why they will truly protect us from harm. They’ll pull heart strings, cast fear, and paint a picture of security with them at the helm of this nation.
Please, keep this date for what it really represents and console those you know that directly suffered loss. Politics has no place here.