This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
Twenty years ago, our nation was shaken to its core as the world stood still. We were broken — devastated by the senseless loss of life.
But in the rubble that came down that day, we found solace in the unparalleled courage of our first responders, and the sense of unity that rang throughout the nation. Despite the heartbreak and pain, we came together — not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. We put aside our differences and united — and in doing so, we persevered.
Twenty years later, that sense of unity is all gone. At the federal level, our politicians seek to divide us with unprecedented assaults on our liberties that insult the memory of those that lost their lives on September 11, as well as the sacrifice of the countless thousands who fought for our nation’s freedom in the years after.
Twenty years later, we have now allowed the Taliban — the same terrorist organization that gave Osama Bin Laden safe harbor — the opportunity to return to power again. But now they are equipped with over billions of dollars worth of equipment that was paid for by our tax dollars or borrowed from China.
I don’t recognize the nation we’ve become.
Now more than ever, we cannot forget the sacrifices of those loved and lost — who laid their lives down on the alter of freedom. Now more than ever, we need to rekindle that spirit of unity.
Let us start by honoring this solemn day — and then by standing up for freedom, both at home and abroad.