It's amazing how fifteen years changes a country. Fifteen years ago, America was under attack. Fifteen years ago, America lost so much and realized just how vulnerable she is. Fifteen years ago, America stood as one. Race, religion, social class, education - none of it mattered. We all hurt and held each other as family. Together we all moured in the months and years to come. Our sense of security was stolen right before our eyes. Through the unbearable pain, we managed to come together as the enemy had driven us apart and we rebuilt something even more powerful than before.
Now that united front we once had seems like a long lost memory of a different life, or a fairy tale that never existed. In 2016 we are about as divided as we could possibly get. We are not the same country that once stood together on broken ground. We are a country who has let everything turn into a race war. We have movie theater shootings on the news about every six months, or some other horrendous acts of violence. We have riots in the streets because a few people feel acting like an idiot will get America's attention. Cops have a target on their head. Some of those same cops are the cops that risked their lives to bring our family members out of the burning Twin Towers. And we have people stomping on the flag or burning the flag... the same flag that we proudly held and flew for months after the attacks.
Notice I said we? That's right, WE. We have let this country run to the ground. We have let idiots go too long, doing the wrong thing for this country. Not just people of power either, the general population have taken it into their own hands on who lives and who dies. We take to social media to shame and tear each other down. We have destroyed everything America once stood for. We have let the enemy win. However, this time the enemy isn't another country or across the world, it's not planes, bombs or explosives. It's our own people. Our own people are terrorizing our once great nation. We've been to war to protect other countries from being terrorized yet we're the ones being terrorized, from our own people. How does that even happen? When did we give up and thrown in the towel? How did we give up that easily?
Wake up, America. It's time we take our country off the back burner and make us a priority. It's time to educate our citizens and get back to being that great country again. It's time to get back to being United. It's time to get back to being the land of the free, not the land of me.