I usually listen to NPR on my way in to work. I couldn’t today. Too much talk of 9/11. Maybe the act took place ten years ago, but I still have open wounds. Who doesn’t?
We had some anchor chat time on the 4:00 o’clock news this afternoon. Rachel Lutzger showed video of her on-air in the days following the attack. Then Alison Morris and I spoke. My emotions were very close to the surface… much closer than I anticipated.
Following the attack we were admonished not to let the terrorists change us or our nation. It still changed.
We have grown suspicious. We have lost freedom. We have lost innocence.
I am proud of how Americans dealt with this tragedy. I am not proud of how my government dealt with it.
This is not a Republican/Democrat thing. I am unhappy with policies that changed because of fear and ignorance. I am still disgusted 9/11 was used as a pretext for unrelated power grabs.
Is nothing sacred? Maybe not.
I will do my best to avoid any media mention of 9/11 this weekend. It’s not that I don’t care. It’s because I still care more than I am capable of dealing with.