As an American patriot, I’m concerned about the safety of our nation. I’m worried that we’ve become too complacent about threats we face in the 21st century, and that we are hopelessly unprepared for the advent of a nation-wide or global disaster. Many new disaster themed blockbuster movies are warning us about the possibility of a national or global disaster and what would be required from our government in order to manage the situation and restore peace and stability. I don’t think this fear is exaggerated; the range of possible disasters in the 21st century is vast and ever increasing, and the expertise, resources and facilities needed to deal with these events are costly and sophisticated. We need a set of emergency protocols and an accompanying infrastructure that will allow our government to declare martial law and swiftly take control of the economy in a state of emergency.
What are the Challenges?
A state of emergency can be anything ranging from a natural disaster or terror attack to a deadly epidemic. Each of theses events requires our leaders to take control and escort us to safety. This is no small feat. The logistical challenges are huge given our country’s diverse terrain and large population. A recent example of a national emergency is hurricane Sandy. President Obama gave a fine demonstration of some of the crisis management skills required to handle a disaster of this magnitude with his reassuring oratory skills and exceptional leadership ability. When people experience a traumatic event of this magnitude, they seek comfort and reassurance from their leaders. President Obama serves as a compassionate father figure, providing guidance during times of adversity. However we cannot rely on leadership alone to carry us through the next crisis. We need to invest in our infrastructure and emergency protocols to ensure that we have what it takes to handle any threat to the stability and peace of our nation. This article looks at some of the measures we can take as a nation to improve our ability to handle a state of emergency.
National emergency centers have already started popping up around the country. These are some of the first institutions in our developing national emergency infrastructure. At present, these centers are capable of housing a significant proportion of Americans, but we need to increase their capacity and coverage in order to overcome the logistical challenges that could arise in a state of emergency.
Crisis management requires quick decisions, but unfortunately our legislative process is long and laborious. Our president is the commander in chief and should have the ultimate say in how our country should handle a nationwide or global disaster. We need to clear up the controversy surrounding executive orders, because this is going to be an essential legislative tool when legislation needs to be passed quickly and urgently in order to secure the peace and security of the nation.
Restrictions on Firearms
The Bush administration had the foresight to identify the need for strict gun control during hurricane Katrina. Firearms may be a danger we can afford during times of peace, but in a state of chaos the risk of armed robberies and assaults is exacerbated by the presence of dangerous firearms. Politicians are slowly introducing sensible gun control laws to curb our country’s primitive gun loving culture. But in the meantime we need to pass legislation that authorizes heavy firearm restrictions during states of emergency.
The time to act is now. We cannot remain complacent about the stability of our future when the range of threats is only growing. Many Americans oppose legislation targeted at managing crises because they see it as a violation of their ‘liberty’ or the ‘constitution’. I have to remind these people that there is nothing the founders cared more about than protecting the stability of this nation; and we as a country need to stand together and do whatever it takes to secure the future of this nation so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the peace and stability that we have enjoyed over the past many decades.