I've lived through some interesting times...
1. The Cuban missle crisis
2. The Kennedy assissination (Both of them)
3. The Viet Nam era
5. At least half of the US - Soviet cold war
6. The fall of the Berlin wall
9. The invasion of Afganistan and Iraq
10. The crash of 2008
In each of these events (and I suspect many more before I was born) a simmering panic was felt be a big percentage of people thinking "our nation was in peril". It seems there are few times our nations history that we are not in some sort of peril. So...is peril normal?