Remember the unity we felt on Sept. 12, 2001?

“This is a non-political movement. The 9-12 Project is designed to bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation ever created.  That same feeling – that commitment to country is what we are hoping to foster with this idea. We want to get everyone thinking like it is September 12th, 2001 again.”

This quote is from the 9-12 Project Web site, a new movement that hopes to bring together a bipartisan feeling of “Country First”. This is an important idea, that I think resonates with many disillusioned Americans.

For instance, until a couple of years ago, I would have stood behind Republicans without hesitation, (more because the two-party system forces anyone who cares about politics to pick a side than anything else).

But now, I’m seeing things I don’t believe in being widely heralded by both parties. I can understand Independents’ and Libertarians’ point of view, and I’m longing for somebody to stand up and say that we, as the American people, believe that the Constitution, and this country, is what we pledge allegiance to, not to a fallible elected official.

In my last blog, I referenced President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, in which he said: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.”

The principles of patriotism are not lost in America, they may have just been clouded by flowery speeches, volatile issues, and raucous behavior. The 9-12 Project is a peaceful way to refocus our energies on what really matters, as the second principle of the 9-12 Project says:

“I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life. The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”–from George Washington’s first inaugural address.”

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