In the age of Obama a high unemployment rate with millions of Americans filing disability claims has become a “new normal.” Sluggish economic growth has become a “new normal.” Now cities on lockdown may become a “new normal.”
The unprecedented manhunt in Boston that concluded successfully Friday night earned law enforcement authorities the gratitude of the nation.
But as relief replaces fear, the debate about what this episode means for the future is already beginning. And one of the most unsettling questions is whether the violence-related lockdown of a major U.S. city — an extraordinary moment in American history — sets a life-altering precedent.
There are already worries that the effort to protect the people of Boston contained an element of overreaction. Local authorities told the city and nearby suburbs to “shelter in place” throughout the day and into the evening. They closed businesses, shuttered government buildings and suspended all public transportation in the metro area.
That decision concerned some political leaders and policy experts.
Former Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) said it is “hard to imagine what could justify directing the entire population of the city to ‘shelter in place.’”
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, stopped short of directly criticizing the decision, but he lamented the development as a win of sorts for terrorists. (Read More)
Of course it was a win for the terrorists. One guy, huddled in a boat on a trailer, managed to bring a major metropolitan area to its knees. How much economic activity was interrupted that day while the people were literally locked inside their homes? If one resident hadn’t snuck outside for a smoke, how much longer would it have been before they found the terrorist?
I understand it was a horrible situation, and law enforcement officials were doing their jobs, but to me the photo above of an officer clad in SWAT gear is the opposite of heart warming. It chills me to the bone, thinking that this could become a new normal for us, when we can’t even go out and get milk for our children. I don’t blame that officer, he probably hated being put in a situation where he had to bring milk to a family. But I do blame the policitians who embrace these radical Islamists, and then wonder what went wrong, while telling us to huddle in our homes in fear and lecturing us about Islamophobia. The world has gone mad.