By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times of Chester County, Jul 30th, 2018
After each school shooting, our national government essentially says to the survivors and their families: “Just get used to it, it’s the new normal around here.”
Or, as the Republican candidate for governor recently said to Chester County native Rose Strauss, “You’re a little young and naive” —no doubt thinking to himself: “Take that, kid. And what are you going to do about it?”
Her answer: social media. The exchange between the two—the seasoned recipient of fossil fuel industry largesse and the environmental science major—is a hit on the internet, in addition to being featured in the national press.
In 2016, Donald Trump said “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
Our government is now essentially saying the same to us all. National life has become like one of those pain tolerance experiments….
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