On Alert

Gallup released a new poll yesterday that told us “Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low 43%.”

That’s one of the reasons President Barack Obama needs to hit a home run during his speech tonight. According to the Associated Press, the President will talk about his plans “to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The White House has elevated the significance of Mr. Obama’s speech by making it a rare prime-time address to the nation, at 9 p.m. EDT. White House officials said the decision was intended to put Americans on alert, on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, that the country faces a serious threat from Islamic State.”

Americans are starting to feel a little uneasy about our safety. When these radical groups show videos of U.S. journalists being beheaded, it’s bound to make us uneasy.

A Wall Street Journal NBC News poll “found that 47% believe the country is less safe than it was before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks—up sharply from 28% just one year ago.”

The same poll told us that almost “two-thirds back attacking militants.”

The President and Congress need to show unity and place our country’s security and safety above all else.

This will be hard to do with the November election just 56 days away.

 

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