For many, today is a day of solemn remembrance; a day in which we as Americans move with a singular purpose to never, ever forget what happened to our nation 18 years ago.
September 11th was a watershed moment in American history, not unlike Pearl Harbor in its shock and terror, but far more profound. This was our mainland being attacked, and not during a time of great upheaval or world war. This was an attack unlike any other in the history of modern civilization, and it occurred in the places that we felt the most safe; New York City and Washington DC.
During the aftermath of this tragedy, a great deal changed within our daily lives. In particular, the ways in which we travel and relax were locked down and secured. Entering a sports arena now cost us a few extra moments in line, as ourselves and those around us emptied our pockets and subjected ourselves to metal detection. At the airport, we would now be required to removed our shoes and undergo a brief x-ray to board a plane.
In the ensuing 18 years there has been much debate about this trading of freedom for security, often accompanied by a ubiquitous quote from Benjamin Franklin describing anyone who would make this barter as undeserving of either.
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Some may have forgotten the lessons of 9/11, however, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is here to remind them.
I am flying today and have seen two incidences where irate passengers are challenging basic security measures. On September 11. Amazing. I appreciate the patience and professionalism of American Airlines personnel.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 11, 2019
While these inconveniences a could be considered annoying by many, we mustn’t overlook the fact that they have been effective in preventing another such attack on the United States.
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