Six years ago I was awaken by a call from my mother-in-law asking "Did you see? Did you see?".
Six years ago I was driving to work, to send everyone home, when I heard on the radio that the Twin Towers had fallen.
In those six years, I have seen the best and worst of America.
I have seen honest debate about the future of our country, and I have seen citizens call each other traitors simply because they don't share the same politics.
I have seen America respect it's military and our dead, but I have also seen America abuse other people and their dead.
I have seen America unite in joy and in grief together regardless of race, gender, or politics, and yet at other times question foundational concept of America that "All men are created equal."
It is the apparent hypocrisy of people that concerns me the most. I have respect for people that have a viewpoint based on their own personal principles. Even if I disagree with the basis of their world view, I can respect that it's based on core personal values. It's the dissonance in people that hold contrasting or hypocritical views on a topic and can't see the fundamental disconnect in what they say.
As a non-political example, consider the lawmakers that consider online gambling so terrible that it has to be banned from the internet by law, yet the same lawmakers have government run lotteries in every state. Either gambling is bad and or it's not. You can't have it both ways and stand on solid ground.
Today, the country is discussing our remembrance of the September 11 attacks, those that attacked us, and our involvement in Iraq. My wish is that we could hold our discussions based on principles rather than anger and emotion.
Our forefathers deserve a better legacy that an era of personal name calling and character assassination.
Our descendants deserve a better future than an era focused on fear.