Thursday, September 11, 2008

Today

Let these words answer
For what is done, not to be done again
May the judgement not be too heavy upon us
--T.S. Eliot,
Ash-Wednesday (1930)

Today is not a day for politics.

Today is not a day to point out the failures of politicians who used this day for the past seven years for their own political gain.

Today has nothing to do with voting.

Today is not a day to remind the American people that they were led into a war in a country with no known connection to the attacks that took place on our own soil on this day seven years ago. Today is not a day to point out that either candidate supported or opposed that war.

Those who use this day for any of these purposes are indeed making this a political day and they are as guilty as the men and women who have pointed to this day and said they will protect us from it ever happening again.

Those who do not recognize that we all lost something that day seven years ago, that we are all Americans facing the same fears and realities, regardless of our leadership and our political views, are so immersed in partisanship and veiled in cynicism that they have lost touch with the very ideals of this nation.

Today is but a reminder of our darkest day. A day, that in the years that pass, is still lurking in the shadows of our collective memory.

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