The election is now "officially" over. Obama will be leaving office and for better or worse, we have Trump.
Can we take a challenge and NOT talk about those, or the appointees, past office holders (or politics in general) for ONE blog post and instead see if we can come up with one positive, creative solution toward stopping terrorism?
The immediate goal would be to stop or thwart the violence. We are more than likely going to have to do things we don't want to do, be more restricted, more diligent, more....... what?
We may have to give up things as well. Privacy is one of the big things that comes to mind.
Should store employees be trained to report unusual purchases of things known to be used in explosives, like hundreds of pounds of fertilizer, if they are not a regular customer/farmer?
Should recluses be visited once in a while? Not to look for everyday violations of local ordinances, but stockpiles of things, or suspicious activities?
How do we regulate that to avoid abuse of power?
We do fly-overs for marijuana, record unusual purchases that could be moonshine, or meth labs, so it should not be out of the realm of legal surveillance. Do we already do it?
Does the press, the public need to know all the things law enforcement does? I love it when someone is interviewed and asked those kinds of questions "Glad you asked Geraldo, here is our complete play book".
Long term, maybe we should define what the current terrorists really want. The "soldiers" seem to be mostly motivated by religious fervor but is that what the leaders of the movement really want or something else?
What makes someone search for a radical religion? I am not saying all Muslims, I am saying the radicalized sects.
And, I am not saying that to be politically correct. Those who know me better, know I dislike that mentality. Christianity has been used and IS used by radical groups in the same fashion as Islam.
If you were stepping into the Presidency, what would you do? Not guessing what someone else will do, you.