By Susan Harper
Watching the ongoing campaign unpleasantness and mendacity, I find myself thinking what a good thing it is that September 11th comes just eight weeks before Election Day. Especially in a Presidential election year, this unique day in our national calendar reminds us of a time when Americans of every origin, religion, race, gender, and political persuasion put differences aside. United by horror, and grief-stricken, we were determined to pull together.
In those weeks 11 years ago, I felt as if I had suddenly been catapulted into the America of my childhood, during and after World War II. I had known, back then, that there were groups of adults who didn’t always agree. Most people were Republicans, where we lived, but my parents were Democrats, and I gathered that we were real underdogs when it came to elections.
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