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How seriously should we take Sen. Blumenthal’ s clarion call to focus our attention on “domestic terrorism”? Amidst calls to make the Jan 6th “insurrection” a National Holiday. And the Justice Department establishing a new Domestic Terror Department in addition to our F.B.I., with more than 30,000 employees that successfully met real challenges for a century. By most estimates the Jan. 6th demonstration in D.C., with perhaps 2,500 demonstrators entering the Capitol, involved less than half a dozen deaths. Far less than the many dozens of citizens and policemen killed in over a dozen major assaults on nearly a dozen large cities with billions of damage, widespread looting, etc.
Yet those unprecedented attacks weren’t blamed on “domestic terrorism.”

Elsewhere in America the Covid Pandemic has taken over 800,000 lives, drug overdoses take over 100,000 lives, nearly 40,000 deaths from auto accidents, rising violent crime in our major cities taking over 10,000 lives annually, almost 40,000 suicides annually, cancer and heart attacks each taking over 600,000 deaths annually.

Surely amidst sharply rising prices, shortages in many if not most items needed for daily living, e.g. food and fuel, sharply rising prices for housing amidst an extraordinary rise in inflation, schooling for millions of children and college students interrupted by Covid, it’s hard to focus attention on “domestic terrorism and threats to our democracy.” Especially when we remember the many thousands killed in the Oklahoma bombing and Twin Towers.

Judging from mainstream media the call to focus on “domestic terrorism” sounded by Sen. Blumenthal and many Democrats is not gaining traction across the nation. Nor in our Connecticut itself. No serious evidence has emerged that our nation is seriously threatened by “domestic terrorists.” And we surely have many other really serious concerns to focus our attention.

So why are leaders like Sen. Blumenthal sounding the clarion call about “domestic terrorism”? Perhaps a first-year floundering by President Biden. Calling attention to a possible 2024 challenge by former President Trump. The difficulty in gaining control of the Covid Pandemic after campaign promises. Rising inflation and economic dislocations from the Pandemic. China and Russia flexing their muscles.

Over 200 years Americans have proved very resilient. Surviving a most destructive Civil War taking over 700,000 lives. Rising to defend the free world in two horrendous World Wars. Meeting the challenge of an unprecedented modern pandemic. Surely the call to focus on “domestic terrorism” looks like an attempt to divert attention from a host of really serious issues. We still live in an extraordinary nation attracting millions of immigrants, where some 350 million of us can walk the streets without fearing “domestic terrorism.” No matter how hard some of elected officials try to divert attention from the really serious issues affecting all of us.

Peter I. Berman

10 comments

DryAsABone January 17, 2022 at 8:31 am

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.”

David Osler January 17, 2022 at 8:37 am

I think the senator needs to retire as does almost everybody that’s been there more than one term at this point and turn the government over to more competent creative and driven people who have the needs of the country over continuing political power for an egregious amount of time with little accomplishments. I don’t think Blumenthal has done anything besides from race taxes and expend the government in 20 years he didn’t do much under the Obama administration he didn’t do much under the Trump administration he’s not doing much under this administration aside from making a lot of noise and the business climate in the state which is his area of responsibility is trashed there was a time when he actually thought that was important when that attitude changed so should our votes

Brien John McMahon January 17, 2022 at 2:46 pm

You make some good points, but Blumenthal is up for election this year, not when citizens had their business’s and homes burned and Americans died during the riots. He can blame his opposition, without having to explain his actions then. He honestly understands that not every republican supports Donald Trump and not every democrat supports Biden. If he can take the focus away from Biden’s actions, he stands a better chance of re-election.

JustaTaxpayer January 17, 2022 at 6:29 pm

So well stated. You missed one though on challenges – the southern border and influx of illegals

Ronald Koroscil January 17, 2022 at 8:11 pm

Excellent commentary Peter. You are 100% spot on. They want us to take our eye of the ball and if we do it will be the end of America as we know it. It’s like the movie Don’t Look Up on Netflix. Watch it.

David Muccigrosso January 18, 2022 at 7:49 am

What a beautiful word salad of whataboutism. It should pair nicely with a good balsamic.

Seriously, did you actually have a point, or were you just hoping to confuse people with your utter incoherence? We shouldn’t stand for divisive BS politics like this, and shame on Nancy for publishing this idiotic letter.

Piberman January 22, 2022 at 9:08 pm

If Domestic terrorism is our greatest threat as claimed by our President then we have some questions. US Border Patrol says about 600 illegals died crossing into the US in 2011. Last year about 300 Police Officers died in violent confrontations with about another 300 killed in auto accidents while doing their jobs. Not to mention 10,000 violent deaths in our major cities.Dozens of demonstrators and more than a dozen police were killed during the big City demonstrations/looting/burning last year. Yet the President doesn’t identify these deaths as “domestic terrorism”. Only the handful of deaths associated with the Jan 6th demonstrations aka “the insurrection”.

The big fear is those the ruling Party disagrees with will be identified as “domestic terrorists”. We know from history how that turned out in the Soviet Union, China and Germany leading to the deaths of about 70 millions in WWII.

We ought to be very very careful about using the term “domestic terrorists”. The major threats to the US continue to be Islamic terrorism, e.g. 9/11 and threats against us made by Russia, China, N Korea and Iran. In a world where almost a dozen nations have upwards of 10,000 nuclear weapons the major threats against us are hardly “domestic threats”.

Thomas Belmont January 24, 2022 at 1:38 pm

While the Biden and his Democrats (Blumenthal and Co.) attack the USA with destructive policy their bias Committee calls Jan 6 an Insurrection, yet some media call it a Riot. The murder of Ashli Bobbitt, as shown on the video, continues to be ignored by the mainstream drive-by -media and the existing Regime in Wash D.C. I call it the Washington DC massacre because the only person to lose their life on the premises due to violence was the Air Force and Combat Veteran, Ashli Bobbett. You will recall the Boston Massacre started as a riot with our patriots tossing snowballs laced with rocks at the Red Coats. Life was lost in gun fire. If a day of recognition is to be established, then we must respect the death of Ashli Bobbett.

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