I wrote the following Just Saying notes in March of this year when the Republican primary was still up for debate:
While flipping thru the Infotainment channels this morning, I saw the CNN story line caption “Intelligence Gaps Hurting Efforts To Prevent More Terror”. I continued to view and listen and discerned that the story was about the failure of Europe and its allies, including the United States, to coordinate intelligence information gathered on potential terrorists who have traveled to and from Syria and other suspected terrorist training countries. Well, after giving the caption more in-depth thought, I have concluded that intelligence gaps are hurting efforts to prevent more terror, and in fact are the major reason why there is TERROR on the streets of every major city in America!
While Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell and the Republican collective keep harping on the President’s inability or just plain refusal to utter the phrase “Radical Islamic Terrorist”, as if that would make some big difference in whether the attacks by ISIS would stop or not, these obtuse politicians ignore the daily terror that reigns in the streets of Baltimore, Chicago and the nation’s capital! These politicians talk about ISIS and terrorism like it’s the plague, and the true plague of domestic terror has been causing death and destruction in U.S cities daily. Between the monetized thus marginalized media, the politicized agendas of both the Democratic and the Republican parties, the American public is given misleading and divisive BASE speech that focuses on misinformation. In data taken from The Trace (15 statistics that tell the story of gun violence in 2012 by Jennifer Mascia), from 2005 thru 2015, seventy-one (71) Americans were killed in terrorist attacks on U.S soil. During that same time frame 301,797 were killed by gun violence. In the year 2015 alone, more than 50,000 shootings amounted in 12,942 plus gun homicides. The data reveals that 36 Americans were killed by gun violence daily in 2015, and in our poor and impoverished communities, 70% of those murders went unsolved (where nationally it was 36%).
Given that this data speaks volumes about the American public’s total inability to grasp the obvious and realize that our soldiers aren’t the only ones suffering from the casualties of War and dealing with post traumatic stress disorders, I figure it has got to be an Intelligence Gaps thing that’s hurting efforts to prevent terror here on our own streets in the US of A. How else can I explain an American electorate that allows politicians and news pundits to craft daily breaking news cycles that are full of distortions and misinformation. I mean there are 32,000,000 adults who are illiterate in the U.S according to statistics on illiteracy (www.statisticbrain.com/number-of-american-adults-who-cant-read/). The Literacy Project Foundation states that 44 million U.S adults are not able to read a simple story to their children. 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eight grade level. Three (3) out of four (4) people on welfare can’t read. Illiteracy costs American Taxpayers an estimated $20 billion each year. School dropouts cost our nation $240 billion in social service expenditures and lost tax revenue. Oh, a lot of these people are registered voters.
Fast forward to today and Domestic Terrorism is still rampant in the streets of our major cities. Innocent Americans are still getting shot by random drive-bys and IDGAF ( I Don’t Give A F***) shooting sprees while police are being targeted by the mentally disturbed and retribution minded sociopaths. And we have Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and our political pundits and infotainment networks still programming us with “Breaking News” that misguides and divides us! I just don’t understand how the American people keep falling for the O-Key-Doke, but, then again , maybe I do!
Maybe I should take a closer look at Donald Trump. After-all, he did say that the American public is stupid!
Opinion by James Cannon