Two decades after 9-11, it’s hard to identify the values that unite Americans

Two decades after 9-11, it’s hard to identify the values that unite Americans

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Just two weeks ago, we paused to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, as the unthinkable happened: America was attacked by a foreign enemy on its own soil. In the aftermath, amid the horrid loss of life, the pierced veil of safety once thought impenetrable, the fear and uncertainty about what was ahead, Americans seemingly became one . Back then, in spoken and unspoken ways, the values that we held dear as Americans took over in a way that was palpable. We wore our unity on our sleeves. We rallied around those values that unite us — patriotism, our democratic institutions, freedom and protection of our collective well-being. Fast forward to today, 20 years later, where has that sense of unity gone? What seminal events have brought out the worse in our behavior where we often choose, unabashedly, baseness over valiance ? When did it start? The years immediately following 9/11 we were united in spirit and actions to fight against the threat of terrorism to preserve our way of life. But while we were preventing foreign terrorists from attacking us, home grown terrorists were organizing in our midst . Our politics was not filled with virulent rancor as we have today. Compromise was still possible between the two political parties. Peddling lies and declaring fake news as real news had not become a central part of the public discourse. Little did we know that so many Americans would accept […]

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