More of the same, but different

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

More snow and bitter cold lies in our future. Another major retail chain, Michael’s, has announced the hacking of their customer’s credit card files. We’ve had yet another senseless random public shooting in a mall in Maryland resulting in two innocent dead, several others injured and the gunman committing suicide. All this serving as a backdrop to a nation seemingly unsure of what the future holds.

We seem to keep replaying the same depressing news day after day, week after week. There is a sense of unrest and lack of hope and direction among many. These continued random shootings send a loud and clear signal that people are at the end of their ability to cope with their troubles. While there will always be unstable individuals among us, these shootings are becoming an epidemic. It’s hard to imagine anyone thinking this solution is in any way going to solve their problems or change anything.

The reasons behind these events are almost always the same: Mistreatment, bullying, drugs, alcohol, abuse and a lack of support and guidance all point to the unraveling in our ability to collectively address and solve these acts. In all too many ways, these events are numbing our shock and outrage. Far too many people feel helpless and lack the resolve to seek or demand change. As a nation, we no longer teach or encourage people how to help themselves or stand up for themselves. As a society, we no longer focus on building skills of self-reliance and self confidence.

In a recent Rasmussen poll, only 21 percent of American voters believe our government has their consent to govern us. Think about that for just a minute — nearly 80 percent of the country is either unsure (16 percent) or doesn’t acknowledge the legitimacy of those running the country. It’s a sad commentary and speaks volumes as to why the nation is in such disarray. Very few among us have the faith in our leaders to put the nation and her people first and foremost.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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