If you’re like me, you’re probably tired of hearing about Ferguson, Mo. The incident there has spawned another conversation, however. In New York City an individual who was breaking the law, as he had some 30 times before resulting in arrest, decided to resist this arrest, was placed in a “chokehold” by a police officer and later died. He happened to be extremely obese and suffered from many health issues. A grand jury heard evidence of any wrongdoing by police and decided not to indict the officer for the death of the perpetrator. Protests and marches followed, led by the usual suspects. Many people have been arrested.
So what has been the response by New York’s mayor, the president and the U.S. attorney general? They say the police need to be retrained. I suspect what they are really calling for is the police to be restrained, not retrained. Their irresponsibility will hurt police officers. If just one officer hesitates in the line of duty and either dies or allows someone else to die because of hesitation, it will be the fault of these politicians. In my experience people who dislike cops have evidently had bad dealings with them in their past. Personally, I have never had any bad dealings with police officers. I have been stopped, cited and cautioned, but never have I been disrespected nor have I have ever tried to resist lawful action by the police. Maybe there’s a message here.
Hillary Clinton has evidently put her foot in her mouth again. In a speech this last week, she said we must have empathy for our enemies. We must attempt to understand their point of view. Sorry, Hillary. Any individual or group of individuals whose sole purpose for living is to kill me or my family, behead anyone not of their religion, or whose goal it is to install their radical nonsense around the world does not deserve nor earn my empathy, sympathy or any part of my understanding. They deserve and will receive my complete attention and if necessary my all-out assault. Any serious candidate for the presidency of this country must feel the same way. Otherwise they should just write books nobody buys or reads and make speeches nobody shows up for or listens to.
In the face of overwhelming opposition, President Obama has issued an “Executive Edict” granting amnesty for millions of lawbreaking illegals in this country. Best estimates are, this bit of nonsense will wind up costing this country trillions. His contention is he had to act because Congress wouldn’t. What he meant was he had to act because Congress wouldn’t give him what he wanted. I remember the last “Imperial President” we had, Richard Nixon, who said if a president does something, it can’t be illegal because he’s the president. Well it wasn’t true then and it’s not true now. Maybe, just maybe, the Congress didn’t give Obama what he wanted because they knew the overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove. Maybe Congress acted on what was best for the country.
Clearly the midterm elections reflected the will of the American people and they are not pleased with the direction the country has been headed. The denizens of Washington D.C. had best be aware of this. Regardless of party, only those politicians who get the message will have a future in government.
And to any police officer who might read this: Thank you for your service. Only you and God know what you have to deal with. Remember, the vast majority of America is on your side.