By ALLEN EDWARDS, on December 7th, 2015
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Although we should be jolly this time of year, it is becoming harder and harder to find that seasonal spirit.
It’s not that hard to realize that things are very different from years before. Just last night Barrack Obama came out on national television to try and “calm” the American public down. Apparently the government thinks that we are all scared to death. Are you? I know that I am not scared. In fact I feel like I am accustomed to the insanity of what is going on around me every day. I mean this isn’t anything new. Especially since Berry has been in office. In fact, ever since Berry became President we seem to have had more change then at any other point in our history.
It is very tragic when we experience something bad like a mass shooting, but I think that we have all become accustomed to hearing about more and more attacks around us.
After the mass shooting at an Oregon community college in early October, a weary President Obama made an all-too-frequent address to the nation condemning the murderous act. But this time, he also decried the monotony of the reaction to it.
“The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine,” he said. “The conversation and the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.”
Then this week another mass shooting. This time at a company holiday party. Like an elementary school or a movie theater, it was another tragic reminder that no place in America is immune from this violence.
The BBC began its news coverage of the San Bernardino rampage this way: “Just another day in the United States in America—another day of gun fire, panic, and fear.”
The more exposure a person has to an event, the less remarkable it becomes. That’s true for the good and the bad. If your husband brought you flowers every single day, it would stop being special. When there’s been more mass shooting in a year than there are days of the week, people will start to expect it.
But the fact of the matter is that we are not just accustomed to attacks on American citizens here at home. We are also becoming accustomed to the fact that society in general has changed. The government has come out with a new terror alert warning system.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced a new terror threat warning system. It replaces the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) that replaced the original cartoonish color-coded terror warning system instituted after September 11, 2011.
“We need to do a better job of informing the public at large what we are seeing, removing some of the mystery about the global…