The New York Times' Thomas Friedman had one head-turning title for his op-ed piece: "9/11 is over". And it's got an editorial to match. A lot of the piece resonates for me, but this bit most of all:
"We don’t need another president of 9/11. We need a president for 9/12. I will only vote for the 9/12 candidate.
What does that mean?
This: 9/11 has made us stupid.
I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 — mine included — has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.
It is not that I thought we had new enemies that day and now I don’t. Yes, in the wake of 9/11, we need new precautions, new barriers.
But we also need our old habits and sense of openness. For me, the candidate of 9/12 is the one who will not only understand who our enemies are, but who we are."
I'd add that I honor, and weep for all the casualties we've incurred since 9/11, and humbly thank their families for an immensely unthinkable sacrifice.
It's time for someone to say this off a very public bully-pulpit.
We wrote a blank check as a country to our politicians after 9/11 over half a decade ago.
It's time to put a stop order on it, and write a new one with a much more considered number instead.
It's just time.