It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead to such torrents of tearful tribulation that the nation's university system would have to shut down for a prolonged period of grief counseling.
Do we face an interminable assault of Islamist terror, of massive changes in our Western way of life brought on by no sense of safety anyplace? Will the sense instead be that jihadists are persistently after us and could someday indulge in the murderous elimination of whole cities?
In the wake of the horrors in Paris, it only made sense to change the focus of the Nov. 14 Democratic debate from the economy to national security, as CBS News did. You might think the candidates would jump at the opportunity to have a large audience hear them address the frightening specter of ISIS.
Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, promiscuously and on so many fronts. The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress. On campuses, censorship proliferates as political advocacy is confined to designated spaces. In Congress, 54 Democratic senators voted last year to amend the First Amendment to empower Congress to regulate the quantity, content and timing of political campaign speech.
Like most people, I'm thinking of the terrorist trauma in Paris, though with a somewhat different perspective. I was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and my thoughts go in this direction: What is the future of cities in which psychopaths have killed crowds of bystanders?
As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama's caution in the fight against the Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as "weak" and "feckless" should tell us if they support the logical alternative: Sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.
We shouldn't be surprised that many Americans fear the arrival of Syrian refugees in the wake of last week's Paris slaughter by jihadists, including at least one who appears to have entered Europe posing as a refugee.
Even if you don't keep track of professional sports enough to care which quarterback threw for the best ratio of touchdowns to interceptions this Sunday, or some comparable metric for baseball or basketball, it's pretty hard to miss the ballooning of the fantasy sports business.