How has America changed since the September 11th attacks?
Not the world’s easiest question to answer. It would be almost simplistic to be bitingly cynical and chirp that nothing has gone right, citing the Iraq and Afghan wars, the Financial Crisis of 2008, the ugly economic conditions, and a group of elite politicians who largely fail to understand the problems confronting Middle America.
Yet this proposition cannot be absolutely dismissed as defeatist or fear mongering because its’ pretty damn hard to be positive and happy when your without a job and the cost of everything has been strapped to a rocket ship soaring ever higher, as Joe Main Street struggles to hang on.
Yet there has been much positive since those horrible days of early September, when the America that we had all known was changed. Without question, the civilized world is a better place without Osama Bin Laden in it. We’ve made a number of successes in fighting the former War on Terror, killing and capturing many Al Qaeda leaders.
Most importantly, we haven’t had another terrorist attack. We’ve come perilously close though as the Underwear Bomber and the Time Square Bomber. It’s worth noting that we owe a great debt to the vigilant everyday citizen for their parts in foiling these attacks.
America: where a hot dog vendor and airline passengers can become heroes at a moments notice.
As long as we still have average people willing to go beyond expectations, I have to believe that no matter how bad things get, we will find to make things better.