With all due apologies to William Shakespeare, today’s title seems, unfortunately, appropriate.
Our world seems to have gone off balance. The wanton killings by truck, the shootings of police officers, the seeming general distrust of anything to do with authority all collide with the reality we crave…the good old days, as it were.
It is as if we have stepped across some unseen line in the sand or we have suffered as Alice in Wonderland suffered. Our world is no longer reality but, instead, it is some kind of nether region, some kind of Hades that we suddenly find ourselves confronting here on earth. Whatever was sacrosanct seems suddenly cast aside.
We are a world aflame and it seems each new chapter simply adds to the unreal feeling. Things we only dreamt about are becoming the new reality. It seems more and more to be commonplace to hear of another police officer being attacked, or of some atrocity being conducted in the name of a religion.
We now have to confront the possibilities that we might personally become involved in some heinous happening, we have to think long and hard about vacation plans, we have to look at our men and women in blue and wonder which of them is next on someone’s list. Seriously, if you or a loved one have travel plans overseas for business or pleasure, there is a whole new set of concerns, not just safe travels. Multi-national businesses are now subject to rethinking expansion or relocation plans.
It seems that theses flames of discontent grow almost daily. The brutality of the attacks makes us shudder, as those attacks are meant to do. The evil-doers know they gain significant benefit from engaging in the most heinous methods they can conceive. The idea of ‘unconventional warfare’ is quite appropriate if a movement seeks mass disruption and widespread panic. The more despicable the act, the greater the psychological impact on the survivors.
We have changed in ways that we’ll never quite understand but we somehow know that things will never be the same again. These are the kinds of societal degradations that we awaken to realize, one day when it is too late to change anything, we have achieved…if ‘achieve’ is the proper word.
Whoever we elect as our next national leadership team is going to, of necessity, have to hit the ground running. Global threat issues have been left largely ignored for the past 8 years, and we are reaping the harvest that we deserve as the result. Had we intervened when intervention was a possibility, we could have effectively ended this threat before it became a threat, at least a threat to the magnitude it has become. Instead, we made believe that this was simply a passing thing that we need not involve ourselves in, and we now pay the price for that folly.
Like it or not, we are still the 800 lb. Gorilla in this world despite the past 8 years, and with that comes responsibilities to the rest of the world. We shirk that duty to our own detriment. Witness the newfound power of Vladimir Putin and Russia. That needn’t have occurred but our current leadership decided it would avoid all the messy world stuff. The idea that we might actually think of extending this do-nothing team’s hold on our nation by elevating the Secretary of State to the Presidency is incomprehensible.
We reap what we sow, and we’ve already created a harvest issue that will be challenging to us. We need to change the direction our nation has taken during these two 4-year terms and that requires a vote for Donald Trump. That is what it will take and that has become our best hope. If you haven’t reached this conclusion, then you need to work on getting there and getting there quickly. We haven’t much time for the turn-around of our country.