Tuesday, November 02, 2004

From unity, division.

After September 11, America was united. Today, we're deeply divided. What happened?

We were attacked, and that united us. We looked at each other, and we knew we were all thinking the same thoughts. We were united in our sorrow, fear, anger, and even pride.

Time passed, and differences arose, as differences do, but they seemed greater because of our solidarity. Compared to our unity, differences felt like betrayal as they never had before. Hey, we thought, aren't we all in this together?

I think that may be part of why feelings are still running so high lately. It's not merely differences of opinion, though those are there. It's not merely that we're frightened, though I do think there's a lot of fear in the decisions people are making. It's also that we feel betrayed by those who stood with us at an unspeakable time in our lives.

E pluribus unum, folks.
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