But 15 years later, where are we now? Are we a country united or one divided again? A look at the headlines and it's pretty clear the American sentiment of the post 9/11 days are sadly long forgotten. The 2016 race to the White House is a mockery.
In serving as Commander in Chief, the President's character, actions, and words are pivotal to military morale and victory. Donald Trump would be no Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. But what about Clinton?
Is Donald Trump reading this blog? If so, he's not grasping that Trump Isn't Hitler; He's Hamilton and Reality Check: Trump's Platform is Identical to Lincoln's weren't meant to be supportive of his mercantilist economic ideas. Maybe that's on me, the writer.
If America does have a consensus that we're all basically OK with the concept of governmental blacklists, and that we further approve of curtailing constitutional rights for people on such lists, then it should be relatively easy to get the necessary votes in Congress and the statehouses.
For Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, getting his candidate into the White House is all that matters -- no matter how racist and divisive that candidate might be. And so, with this, we can mark the official death of the party of Lincoln.
Trump wants to run the government but doesn't feel he's accountable for paying the taxes necessary to run the government or, for example, to cover the cost of federal benefits for those veterans he claims he loves so much.
In the United States, an expressed goal of education is the creation of an active citizenry committed to democratic values. Promoting democratic values means that teachers need to be involved in developing antiracist, nonsexist curricula that allow students to explore social contradictions.
What we observe today with Donald Trump as a nominee, and Mitch McConnell obstructing our Constitution by blocking Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, is an echo of past times in which our country has seen the ugly side of ideological extremism.