Beyond the Great Divide How A Nation Became A Neighborhood

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Following the attacks of September 11th, New York governor George Pataki witnessed a truly United States of America rise like the mythological phoenix. People came together regardless of their generational, ethnic, situational, or cultural background, and he stated, "On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers." These words echo today with a hollow ring, and a bitter sting. The economic and emotional fallout post-9/11 was devastating. The political toll was even worse, bringing us to where we are today, a society as divided as it's been in more than a hundred years, separated by political tribes that demand ideological purity coupled with blind loyalty.



In looking at America and its divide, Pataki asks a bold question: Did the terrorists win?



This is a question no sitting politician or pundit from either side of the political spectrum will dare address. Along with president George W. Bush and mayor Rudy Giuliani, Pataki was one of only three people directly involved in, commanding, and making life or death decisions during 9/11. Few have the experience or depth to even begin to dive into this subject; as a result, Pataki's answers might surprise you.

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