I think I'd seen part of Jon Stewart's reaction before, but not the whole thing.
Thing is, though ... it's seven years hence, and we're not done rebuilding. American individuals can absolutely do wonders in terms of giving, in terms of compassion, in terms of incredible bravery ... why, then, does our government seem such a poor reflection of its citizenry? Why is the 9/11 monument stalled out? Why is it that we can put aside partisanship, put aside differences, to stand together in unity as individuals, but our leaders can't seem to handle the reconstruction bit? Why can't we seem to stay focused and organized?
We've put astronauts on the moon. Why, then, can't we complete a monument? Where is the follow through?
The view from Jon's dwelling might now be of the Statue of Liberty, as he states in the video, but after the Department of Homeland Security, after all the detentions, after the U.S. government's unlawful wiretapping ... I don't know about you, but I don't feel like the freedom I have today is the same freedom I had on September 10th, 2001, the day before the attacks.
And we still don't have Osama bin Laden.
I wanted it to be different. I wanted the unity and the hope to last.
It just hasn't worked out that way.