First-world problems meet real-world problems

Chris Faulknor, Publisher
Chris Faulknor, Publisher

By now, most likely, most of you have seen the news of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.

I remember during past anniversaries of the Sept. 11 attacks on our country, people—including myself—talk to others about where they were when it happened.

Personally, I’d like to play a new game.

It’s called “What were you worrying about when this happened?”

Sadly, some Americans will have to hang their head in shame and say “the red Starbucks cup and how it ruined Christmas.”

Others might have been worried about whether or not President Obama saluted Captain Groberg after presenting him with the Medal of Honor.

Still others might have been watching McDonald’s workers threatening to strike as a result of their dissatisfaction regarding the hourly wage they agreed to when accepting employment.

I hope that sunk in, everyone: when one of our allies was attacked by ISIS, we were worrying about the design of the cup on our expensive mocha drink of choice.

And what do we do about it? Well, we’re handling it much like we handle any other problem in America: by changing our Facebook profile picture.

Very impressive.

We claim to be the greatest, strongest, most compassionate, most advanced nation, and our solution?

Let’s change our profile pictures.

Seriously, though, we all need to stand together as a nation, because there’s a good chance that we’ll be next … again.

That means that, for a while, we’re going to have to forget who is a Republican and who is a Democrat.

We’re going to have to stop fighting over whether we pray to a great something-or-other in the sky or choose to believe that the big explosion from hell created the cosmos.

And for God’s sake, it’s time to quit complaining about our cardboard coffee cups.

As today’s generation would say, “Sh—just got real.”

It’s time for us as a nation to grow up, put aside our petty differences, and start focusing on making our country better, and being a better friend to the rest of the world.

Enough is enough, America.