In a breath of fresh air amidst the partisan wrangling that comes with presidential politics, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama today are joining forces to honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and those who stepped up in the face of the terror that we saw that day. Their joint appearance at Ground Zero also puts the spotlight on those serving every day in our armed forces.
As you read this, you may have already heard what they have said today. Even so, the words of their statement earlier this week announcing their appearance should be a reminder to all of us about what makes this country great:
“All of us came together on 9/11 - not as Democrats or Republicans - but as Americans. On Thursday, we will put aside politics and come together to renew that unity ...”
We can be divided by party lines, by strong emotions and beliefs. But when all is said and done, we’re all united by being neighbors and citizens of this great country.
Think about unity in the weeks ahead as you listen to the campaign rhetoric, not just on the national level but at home as well, where we’ll be voting for a new city council member. Think about it as you talk about politics with your friends and family members. Think about it as you work for the candidates and issues of your choice.
But do more than think. Act.
Register to vote. Sign up to work at a poll. Respect the opinions of those on the opposite side of the fence.
And take a minute today to remember that on 9/11/01, it was our unity as Americans that got us through the day.