Nine years ago I was awaken by a call from my mother-in-law asking "Did you see? Did you see?".
Nine 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 nine 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 peoples 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 the foundational concept of America that "All men are created equal."
America, we are a better country than this.
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.