Yesterday I was at the Michigan v Colorado game in Ann Arbor. 110,000 people. More than that when you consider all the tailgaters. It was a nice day. When I got home, I took a quick gander through Twitter to see what was going on.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t shocked when I saw a bomb had blown up in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. My first thought was that I hope anyone I knew wasn’t hurt or killed. Two acquaintances of mine passed away within days of each other last week and I didn’t feel like learning about any more.
Why is it so difficult for everyone to say the word “terrorism” when a terrorist act occurs? Yesterday, a pipe bomb went off in New Jersey and a bomb went off in NYC. Let’s not use euphemisms anymore. So much of the discourse that comes out of government sounds exactly like science fiction writer George Orwell, Ray Bradbury or Ayn Rand wrote it.
I find that when you distill concepts into basic words that are easily understandable by everyone, reaction takes place faster. Yesterday’s attack wasn’t an attack on NYC. The bomb blast in NJ before the race wasn’t an attack on joggers. It was an attack against all of us.
We are in a different kind of war. The terrorists are bringing it to our country in different ways. The sooner we recognize it the better it will be for everyone. We also will unify to do something to stop it faster as well. Right now, a lot of people I know don’t want to see it-or are too afraid to admit it because they fear the consequences of recognizing it.
By the way, I just found out that there was a terror attack in St. Cloud, MN. They are coming for you, everywhere.