A big box of paper towels arrived from Amazon this morning and I told David Happy Birthday! He laughed. We also received a message in the mail from Jason Cooljar, one of the kids working for the Democrat Party in our precinct.
Typically, our county produces a solid vote for the Democrats and in some years, Arlington produces a massive vote. Many of my neighbors work for the federal, state or county government, as David and I did before we retired.
The Arlington adult population is super educated, half of them lawyers or holding an advanced degree. Many of the lawyers work for the Administration or Congress or elsewhere in government. The rest of us are writers and reporters, technicians who work for Eurovision or another media outlet, members of the military, statisticians and archivists, or work in law enforcement.
At least two of my neighbors work for Homeland Defense, one for the FBI, the other in the Sex Trafficking Division. One of my neighbors worked for the National Archives before she retired, another was a flight attendant with United Airlines. Both volunteer at the local library. Several of our neighbors are artists.
We have a very mixed race population, including a huge number of immigrants. Over forty languages are spoken in the local schools. Nearby places of worship include churches, a synagogue, temple and mosque.
I’ve been reading, first several mysteries, then back to books on political history. Currently, I’m reading Madeline Albright’s memoire Madam Secretary and Defenseless Under the Night, Matthew Dallek’s recounting of the origins of Homeland Defense under FDR. Both are excellent.
I’m thinking about Homeland Defense a lot this week as the anniversary of 9-11 is tomorrow. Arlington, you might recall had a horrific experience, just up the street.
David and I remember it vividly. From his office window, he saw the plane hit the Pentagon. My agency went into lockdown.
We could see the smoke from the crash site from our back yard. Neither of us feels this is an excuse for xenophobia. Our nation is safer now than ever and we don’t need a fascist leader.
As FDR said, ‘We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.’