The New Normal

I spent some time working in New York City last week. I was there for training and meetings in the Marriott Marquis on Times Square. in fact, this was the view from my hotel room window.

The New Normal in NYC
The New Normal in NYC

Here’s the thing. If you look closely at the two officers near the vehicles you might be able to see that they are in full battle gear; helmets, face masks (it was pretty cold), armor, and AR-15s in hand. This is one of several spots in the few blocks around Times Square where I saw them deployed. Depending on the time of day there were at least two and as many as a dozen officers at each of the locations.

I was curious as to whether there was a specific threat that I should be aware of I asked an officer near the entrance to the hotel what was going on. His response was, “no it’s just life in NYC these days.” Asking some of my coworkers from the New York Area they gave pretty much the same story. They are deployed like this throughout the city and even on the ferries. This is apparently the “new normal” for life these days.

The president and others can say what they want but when you need police geared up like soldiers on the public places of a major US city the terrorists do pose an existential threat to our way of life and they are winning…

God bless…

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