[September 11, 2018] Good leadership means bringing people together for a good cause. It means that regardless of the circumstance, a leader must make every effort to ensure that our common goals are achieved to the benefit of everyone. Today, on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 Islamic attacks on America, is a good time to relook at those things we have learned since.
“September 11 is one of our worst days but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood for and stand for.” — Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator from Tennessee
Here is what we learned:
American core values matter a great deal: Liberty and Freedom, Family, Equality, Faith, Defender of the Helpless, etc. These are many of those things that make Americans what they are today. It makes us better, stronger, and more resilient. No one should be surprised that the United States is the envy of the world. See these links for specifics on American core values: here, here, and here.
There are and always will be heroes among us: The brave and selfless acts of the firefighters, police, passers-by, volunteers, and the many unknown among us proved that Americans have the courage and we are generous with it.
We must continue to honor our first responders and military: First responders and our military are risking their lives and health daily to defend us against terrorism and the insidiousness of our own citizens who support the terrorists’ death cult.
Terrorism must never win: Terrorism is designed to terrorize and punish for a perceived wrong. Terrorism as a strategy can never win without the supplication of those they want to dominate. The strength of character and resolve will help us overcome it.
All of us must do our part: Everyone plays a part. Not just our first responders and military but every citizen must do their part to recognize the causes of terrorism and how to be vigilant in our fight to stop terror from taking innocent lives.
How we respond in times of adversity determines our character: We cannot let our core values be compromised in either the pursuit of stopping terrorism or how we behave once an attack occurs. That is what separates good from bad and a democratic country from the evil that supports terrorism.
Use this day to remember. Use it to remind yourself to be stronger, better, and more committed to our core values.