Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Wrong Governors.

The Wrong Governors. By JIM GERAGHTY
Excerpt: Pretend for a moment that you are a journalist with a strong leaning in favor of progressivism and the Democratic Party, and you wish to make the argument that Democratic governors are doing a great job of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. If you use the measuring stick of fewest cases per million residents, Hawaii ranks first, as of this writing. Then Montana and Alaska, and Vermont ranks fourth. (While most people would consider Montana a red state, governor Steve Bullock is a Democrat; while most think of Vermont a blue state, governor Phil Scott is a Republican.) Maine ranks sixth, Oregon ranks seventh, and Kentucky ranks ninth. The states with the most cases per million residents are New York and New Jersey, and then, after a steep drop of about 5,000 cases, Arizona, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts round out the top six. ... The personality, the pugnaciousness, the presence, the poll numbers . . . these governors have assembled all of the ingredients for a classic success story — except for the actual record of success. By all kinds of measures, these most extensively covered and praised Democratic governors have done a job that is “meh” at best and pretty darn bad at worst. The decisions of Cuomo, Whitmer, Newsom, and Murphy regarding the movement of infected patients from hospitals to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities might be the worst and most consequential of the crisis. Whitmer made odd and difficult-to-justify decisions, including banning the purchase of seeds, and her husband apparently “jokes” about being exempt from state orders. California’s coronavirus-testing programs stumbled right out of the gate. Murphy violated his own order on large gatherings. Very little of this has affected the job-approval ratings of these governors — in part because only some portions of the media world are interested in the flaws of the records of these governors. The others prefer to stick to their preselected happy narrative.




Thanks To My Child’s Insane School District For Making Me Agree With Trump

Thanks To My Child’s Insane School District For Making Me Agree With Trump

Portland protester suffers gruesome injury, US Marshals launch investigation: mayor

Portland protester suffers gruesome injury, US Marshals launch investigation: mayor
I’m guessing he wasn’t there handing out flowers. The front door to the courthouse was smashed and the building was being protected. What did they expect would happen following failure to heed a lawful order to disperse? Not shedding a tear. --GS

Monday, July 13, 2020

I’m The Rapid Response Social Worker Who Replaced The Police

I’m The Rapid Response Social Worker Who Replaced The Police
Funny

Political Pandering to the Anti-Police Agenda Is Costing Lives

Excerpt: The only people who might better know the streets of urban America than the cops who patrol them are the crooks who haunt them. What can the criminals tell us now about the state of our cities? The crooks know that the streets and alleys are being returned to them and that the police are in retreat. That is unmistakably the case as crime, particularly violent crime, is exploding all over urban America. I was deputy attorney general the last time we suffered a crime wave of national proportions and had to learn the why of it in order to help lead the response that started the trend going the other way. It is mind-boggling to me to see how we are being condemned to repeat the exercise — at the cost of many innocent lives, the vast majority of them being black lives.

The fallacy of white privilege — and how it’s corroding society

The fallacy of white privilege — and how it’s corroding society
By Rav AroraJuly 11, 2020
I guess that POC (Person of Color) can be interpreted to mean everyone not White, so that would bring in all Asians, Native Americans, Indians, assorted other "brown" people like Filipinos, Arabs, and of course everyone from Africa or of African descent. (Hey, what about Sicilians, they are all pretty olive-skinned?) So this young Canadian kid born in India gets to tell the real story of how things work and really are in the USA and Canada? He thinks being POC will protect him from being assailed by the PC Gestapo, but I am not sure that's a safe assumption at all. Right now they're trashing J. K. Rowling viciously, a very well known Liberal and strong feminist, simply because she says it's OK to believe there are really only two genders. But he's done a really outstanding job on this topic. Send it, if you dare, to your Liberal friends or if you are really uncaring about being permanently written off as a hopeless racist, to other POC. --Del

Trump Needs to Scale the Real Wall of 2020

Trump Needs to Scale the Real Wall of 2020
Excerpt: Fourth, in some sense, higher education fueled this entire frenzied refutation of all that is good about America—the attacks on its founders, its history, icons, music, and culture. The quarantine pulled away the curtain of campus overcharging and showed the public that tele-teaching does not require a vast overhead of counselors, facilitators, and busybodies. The ways universities treat guest lecturers, use star-chamber proceedings against their own students, and stifle free expression explain much of the present street violence and cancel culture. Constitutional protections were under relentless assault for a half-century by a leisured and exempt class of professors and administrators who fed venom to an indebted and now embittered generation of lower-middle-class youth, who lack all the material opportunities of those who radicalized them.  Large endowments over a specified size should have their interest and stock income taxed. The federal government should no longer guarantee student loans, but shift their bonding to vocational schools, where training is quicker, and will lead to a sustainable wage. The argument for a well-rounded liberal education for half the country’s youth was the university’s selling point, but when it junked that idea and replaced it with indoctrination, so went any obligation of the government and people to subsidize their own extinction. Teaching credentials and the school of education should have no monopoly on K-12 education; master’s degrees in academic subjects should also certify teachers. Federal aid to higher education should be predicated on guaranteed campus adherence to the Bill of Rights. [I have some minor quibbles with the first three of Hanson’s recommendations, but this one hits the target exactly in the bull’s-eye. I added emphasis. Ron P.]

The Battle for the Portland Federal Courthouse Continues, But It Doesn’t End Well for Antifa

The Battle for the Portland Federal Courthouse Continues, But It Doesn’t End Well for Antifa

Young mother, 24, is shot dead in front of her fiancé after saying "all lives matter" during an argument with Black Lives Matter supporters

Young mother, 24, is shot dead in front of her fiancé after saying "all lives matter" during an argument with Black Lives Matter supporters

Saturday, July 11, 2020

SF short story

A bit over 20 years ago, I published this very short SF story on a webzine. recent events brought it to mind. ~Bob

A bit of colored ribbon
http://www.anotherealm.com/1999/flash/ribbon.html

Friday, July 10, 2020

Why Isn't California Criticized Like Florida on Covid-19?


The Black Lives Matter Effect is Killing Black Children

The Black Lives Matter Effect is Killing Black Children
Excerpt: Mekhi James, a 3-year-old boy, cried, "It hurts", after he was shot in Chicago. Then he died. Sincere Gaston, a 1-year-old boy, was also shot and killed in Chicago. A 3-year-old girl was shot in the chest while playing in the front yard with other children. She was among the four toddlers shot in Chicago in two weeks. Older children are also being shot. An 8-year-old girl was grazed in the head, and a 5-year-old boy in the buttocks. Natalia Wallace, a 7-year-old girl described as “quiet and sweet” was shot and killed on the sidewalk. “Where is the outrage? Our babies are being shot. These are our babies," Chicago PD's Chief of Operations Fred Waller, who is African-American, asked. The question ought to be directed to Black Lives Matter as the BLM Effect fuels shootings and deaths around the country. And the most vulnerable of the BLM Effect’s victims are black children. Eight children under the age of 10 have been shot in Chicago in the past few weeks. The cause of these shootings is an upsurge in crime from the Black Lives Matter riots that have devastated the country. (Defunding the police in the cities will cost the lives of at least 5,000 black folks a year, many of them children. ~Bob)

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Two Pandemics: One Serious, One Mild

Two Pandemics: One Serious, One Mild
Excerpt: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts presents an exception to this data deficit. Ranking among the hardest-hit of US states outside of the New York City region, Massachusetts began tracking detailed daily COVID-19 case and mortality statistics for LTC facilities on April 10, 2020.  (...)  The clear patterns in these data suggest that the coronavirus would be better understood if we began to treat it as two simultaneous pandemics: one severe but acute outbreak that ravages nursing homes and LTCs with extremely high fatalities concentrated among the elderly and infirm, and a second significantly milder wave in the general population.  As nearly all mitigation strategies have focused on containing the spread in the general population through lockdowns and similar mandates, the policy response has almost entirely missed the mark despite unleashing unprecedented devastation to our economy and social fabric. Daily data from Massachusetts illustrate the divergence of the two simultaneous pandemics. As may be seen in the chart below, they show steady growth in the share of COVID-19 deaths arising from LTC facility outbreaks since the beginning of record keeping. Furthermore, these two trends continue to split apart. For the month of June, Massachusetts averaged only 9 COVID-19 deaths per day in the general population. By contrast, the state’s LTC facilities averaged 27 deaths per day despite comprising a tiny share of the population.[I can’t help wondering if the only reason I’m alive is because I’m NOT in a nursing home. Being old isn’t always fun, but it appears to beat the alternative. Ron P.]

Friday, July 3, 2020

Random Thoughts for July 2020


Random Thoughts for July 2020
By Robert A. Hall
Feel free to post or forward.  

Sort version this month as I had my old lung removed 6/8 due to a fungal infection.

Antifa has killed more black people than the Minneapolis Police Department.

"To restore American growth, we must first legalize it." -- Alex Armlovich

No Obama, no Trump.

You can be the doer or the doee.

Stupidity is the leading cause of being fired.

The social media Nazis are determined to destroy all speech on Facebook and Twitter they disagree with. And they are winning.

Appeasing violence, rioting, and looting by Antifa and BLM will have the same result of encouraging ever more aggression as it did with Hitler. We will not have “Peace in Our Time.”

When the police are ordered to protect the criminals and not the people, vigilantes arise.

The "freedom from religion" movement is an attempt to nullify the 1st Amendment.  Ban all speech that makes me uncomfortable... Why? See John 3:19 – Alison

The left would rather see everyone poor (except themselves, of course) than to see anyone else prosper. -Alison

We have become a risk-averse society. That means we are a growth-averse society. -Alison

Kevin Williamson observed, “Everything looks simple when you don’t know the first thing about it.”

If you are going to be an asshole at least look like one.

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” – Thomas Paine

If we got a president who didn’t play golf, what would the other side bitch about?

“I’m so old I remember when it was illegal to break the law. –From Facebook

Told my surgeon who took my lung out on June 8, if I die, don't let me vote Democrat.

The orcs are inside the walls.

Is it me, or is the run up to Halloween much worse this year?

Has anyone asked antifa how that, personally, have benefited from White Privilege?

I am in Facebook jail, mostly for reposting other folks stuff. It’s an honor that was long in coming, considering their review panel is left wing partisans.

There is no longer freedom of speech on university campuses. Say something the mob doesn’t like, and it’s off with your head. We are doomed.



Get the collection! My “Random Thoughts” from 2009 through July, 2013 are collected in this book: The Old Jarhead's Journal: Random Thoughts on Life, Liberty, and Leadership by Robert A. Hall
The Old Jarhead’s Journal is a collection of Random Thoughts on politics and life and Conservative Political Essays, mostly published on the author’s blog, including the essay “I’m Tired” which went viral on the Internet in 2009, “The Hall Platform,” “This I Believe,” and “Why I’m a Republican.” While they will be of interest to conservative thinkers, they are collected here in book form as a service to readers who wish to give a copy to favorite liberals and watch their heads explode. All royalties are donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

*****

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1304815980andsr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s twelve books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html. His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com. He currently works part-time as a writer-editor in the My Life, My Story program as the Madison VA hospital, interviewing vets and writing up their life histories. During the crisis he is working from home.

Black woman punches white cop and then gets knocked out by a black cop.

Black woman punches white cop and then gets knocked out  by a black cop. In Baltimore!!  
Nothing like immediate justice!!!! 
This is what should happen if you assault a Police Officer. 
Notice the White officer did not defend himself for fear of being called a Racist. 
This attitude being thrust upon us has to STOP.  

Thursday, July 2, 2020

AMAZING: Florida Sheriff Threatens to Deputize All Local Gun Owners to Put Down Riots

AMAZING: Florida Sheriff Threatens to Deputize All Local Gun Owners to Put Down Riots
Excerpt: Clay County, Florida, Sheriff Darryl Daniels is not messing around with rioters and looters. He put out a video on YouTube warning potential trouble-makers that his county will not be a playground for foolishness. “If we can’t handle you, I’ll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff and I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in the county and I’ll deputize them to this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility,” said a white cowboy hat-wearing Daniels while flanked by his deputies. [For any who don’t know, Clay County is in the northeast corner of Florida around St Augustine.  This Sheriff (an elected position, technically “chief executive of a county”) has earned high praise from the locals. I suspect he’ll be re-elected as often as he wants to be. This is a great speech, and not very long on video.  Ron P.–PS, the sheriff is black.]

Powerful: LeBron James Pulls Over To Lecture Homeless Man On His White Privilege

Satire: Powerful: LeBron James Pulls Over To Lecture Homeless Man On His White Privilege

Sunday, June 28, 2020

We Can’t Let the Outrage Mob Win

We Can’t Let the Outrage Mob Win
Excerpt: As Americans watch this unfold, many might ask: “Am I a bad person for not joining the mob? Have I failed to see the racism and oppression within these long-admired totems of our history? The mob seems so angry, and its anger must be proportionate to its righteousness, right?” Wrong. To Americans asking these questions: You are not the problem. The outrage mob is. Its breathless moralizing and anger do not portend reason or good faith, but instead mask deep ignorance and malicious intent.  You see, this isn’t about taking down offensive messages or symbols. These mobs didn’t suddenly stumble upon some forgotten and offensive historical anecdote, or reach their wits’ end after seeing Aunt Jemima on the grocery-store shelf just one too many times. No, this was a deliberate hijacking of a tragedy. The touchy sympathies of “political correctness” were always just a base from which to launch a cultural revolution, a purge of traditional American narratives and icons. (Crenshaw is the Congressman who looks like a pirate as a result of his military service. I'm really starting to like him. How about a 2024 ticket of Haley-Crenshaw? Ron P.) 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

When Marxist Mobs Come for the Liberals, The chickens are coming home to roost.

When Marxist Mobs Come for the Liberals, The chickens are coming home to roost.
https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/06/marxist-mobs-are-coming-after-liberals-daniel-greenfield

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Don't Feed the Fire

Don't Feed the Fire
Excerpt: What is “falling short”? Asking for investigations before jumping to conclusions; pointing out the dangers of hysterical overreactions; and defending protests but condemning riots, violence, arson and general destruction of property. Even saying nothing has been twisted to be an offense: “Silence is violence,” meaning not “Defend principles of safety and equality for all” but “Admit your individual guilt and agree with our confiscatory and redistributionist revolutionary ideals as redress for what we’re now calling ‘systemic racism’ in order to hold you personally culpable.” (...) These demands emanate not only from the left’s intelligentsia but also from the little insurrections in places like Seattle, Portland, New York City and Washington, D.C. Seattle, in particular, has shown us (yet again) what the radical left produces when it gets autonomy and control: warlords, violence, shootings and mob “justice.” In short, chaos. (...) But that assumes that the intellectuals supporting societal upheaval will somehow be in charge of it, and any student of revolution can tell you that’s not how it plays out; the high-minded who call for revolution in their salons quickly lose control to thugs with less delicate sensibilities who carry out the destruction and bloodshed that almost inevitably follows. [If we stay on this path, we may discover it’s the road to self-destruction. Ron P.]

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Mordor comes

EXCERPT: After the simple hobbits saved Middle Earth by defeating the evil of the stinking, smoking land of Mordor, they returned home to find the Shire terrorized by the wizard Saruman's ruffians, who had knocked down the hobbits' buildings, trees, and monuments, for no other reason than to remove all markers of memory. For a people without pride of place is less likely to defend that place. -Bill

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Excerpt: Cities lose their charms when they’re engulfed in chaos, crime, and mobs — and run by virtue-signaling appeasers.

BLM Leader: Statues and Stained Glass of Jesus Are 'White Supremacy,' Must Be Torn Down

BLM Leader: Statues and Stained Glass of Jesus Are 'White Supremacy,' Must Be Torn Down
Excerpt: “Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been. In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down,” King tweeted. “Yes. All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form (of) white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down,” the leftist added. [If someone REALLY wanted to start a religious war, this is exactly the way to do it. I suspect the sides might not be as conveniently color-coded as King hopes, though. Devout Christians are much more common among blacks than the general US population. I doubt they’d take kindly to anyone telling them what they had to believe. Europe spent the best part of 300 years in religious wars before everyone got sick of it and decided to practice (mostly) tolerance of differences. Do we really need to relearn that bloody lesson? Ron P.]

'The American Crisis;' 250 years after Thomas Paine

This essay is BRILLIANT! It also shows more of Paine's history than I'd known before. I'll have to look it up. What a lot of trouble this could've saved. On the other hand, it would've endangered the livelihood of many in the southern colonies and made it more difficult to unite them against Britain, so who knows? Weep for the lost opportunity.  This is worth reading. Ron P.

'The American Crisis;' 250 years after Thomas Paine

http://blackrepublican.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-american-crisis-250-years-after.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BlackRepublicanBlog+%28BLACK+REPUBLICAN+BLOG%29
(...) Of all our great founders whose ideas he wanted for America, Ronald Reagan quoted the one who was not honored as a founder, Thomas Paine. Although he inspired and unified the colonies with enlightenment teachings, Paine was considered too radical to attend the Convention of 1787. And his insight into our socio-political future was never reflected in the writing of our Constitution.

In 1774, Ben Franklin told Thomas Paine he was needed in the New World. Within months Paine was editor of the Philadelphia Magazine, where he penned the ideals that unified the colonies and brought them to revolt. Paine wrote, “America was in a crisis.” Until they had undivided unity, they’d never become a nation.

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” – Thomas Paine

Monday, June 22, 2020

Memorial Dedicated To Holocaust Survivors Toppled At Cemetery In California

Memorial Dedicated To Holocaust Survivors Toppled At Cemetery In California
https://www.dailywire.com/news/memorial-dedicated-to-holocaust-survivors-toppled-at-cemetery-in-california?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=benshapiro

Hundreds of New Jersey Republicans Received Mail-in Primary Ballot Featuring Democrat Candidates

Hundreds of New Jersey Republicans Received Mail-in Primary Ballot Featuring Democrat Candidates

Two from Ron

Individualism Is the Answer
Excerpt: Mass protests and mob violence further pressure Americans, almost as a self-defense mechanism, to identify themselves by group affiliation. There is psychological safety in numbers. This is a profoundly unAmerican way in which to view ourselves. It has and will lead to disaffection, violence, and maybe even a new civil war. It certainly is playing itself out in an intensely polarized group-versus-group politics. In the midst of all this, the rights of the individual are lost. The slogans and protests and violence all have the effect of pulling us to identify ourselves primarily by our membership in a particular group, not to identify each of us by our own unique, individual identity. George Floyd had his individual rights violated. Yet, the collective memes and protests are trying to make us forget our individual identities and accept blame or to seek comfort and protection solely on the basis of group identity. This can only lead to a war of all against all. We must assert and demand that our individual rights are protected, both by the state and from the state. But before we can do this, we must remember that what matters is our fundamental identity as individuals, not the characteristics we share with a group. One’s characteristics — including characteristics of race, gender, and socio-economic status — are characteristics possessed by each of us. But such characteristics are irrelevant for our character, which is ours alone, and is the result of our choices. [This author is saying exactly what I’ve–and others have–been saying for decades. If we care about each and every individual, taking care of groups is no longer necessary. Each of us is born, nurtured, raised, taught, and developed as an individual. Each of us makes our own way through the world and life, complete with our own unique, individual errors and triumphs. We live and die as individuals, not as groups. When we die, if there’s an after-life, we will be surely be judged one at a time as individuals, and we will not go to reward or punishment as part of any group but based on our own, individual conduct. The choices we make determine “who we are,” not some accident of birth. The smallest minority is the single individual, and that won’t–can’t–change. Ron P.]


President Trump Fires Manhattan U.S. Attorney
Excerpt:  Inevitably, President Trump fired Berman on Saturday afternoon, as announced by Barr. That should end the legal dispute over the job, though it may not. And the controversy has only just begun. It would seem strange to accuse the AG of interfering in the work of the Department he is sworn to run; yet, Democrats and the media darkly accuse Barr of impeding SDNY investigations that could negatively impact the president’s reelection bid. That claim seems overwrought, for reasons we’ll come to. [This is an interesting, in-depth look at the governing laws, customs, and personalities involved in this issue. It seems McCarthy has worked with several of them over the years. Worth reading. Ron P.]

Black Lives Matter Needs To Care About All Black Lives, Not Just The Few Ended By Police

Black Lives Matter Needs To Care About All Black Lives, Not Just The Few Ended By Police

My Kids’ Public School Held A Workshop Teaching The Police Are Racists

My Kids’ Public School Held A Workshop Teaching The Police Are Racists
https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/22/my-kids-public-school-held-a-workshop-teaching-the-police-are-racists/

Crime up

Shootings, Violence Jump In Cities Where Mayors Have Restrained Police. By Jordan Davidson
Excerpt: Activist campaigns against police to have accelerated in the wake of a violent altercation between police and George Floyd that prefaced his death. In response, mayors of several cities have reduced police presence. This has led in several cases to dramatic increases in violent crime.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

China

This is a 34 minute extremely well done documentary about the breadth and depth of Chinese manipulation in the West, in the USA in particular. Just start watching this and it won't take long to be impressed by the facts provided. --Del

When Everyone Kneels, Who Will Stand Up for Western History and Culture?

When Everyone Kneels, Who Will Stand Up for Western History and Culture? by Giulio Meotti
Refreshing, in that it's not about the protests/riots here in particular, it's a lot more about what's gone on in the UK, where they don't have a 13% Black population tied back to the history of slavery. Yet they have passionate, even fanatic activists who are demanding total PC purity, ready to trash anyone they can claim is associated with slavery or just the fact that the history of Europe and its culture is dominated by mostly White men. Oddly enough, one could point out that the history and culture of China is dominated mostly by men with yellow skin. The modern histories of Haiti and Jamaica are dominated mostly by Black men. Duhh... Possibly there's a connection with the demographics of given regions? No nation or culture is pristine, with all its forbears being angelic creatures. The present day vicious insanity to tear down everything from the past that doesn't meet the criteria of PC perfection is terribly dangerous to everyone's future. We desperately need leades to stand up and protect the history as it was, warts and all. --Del

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Law-and-Order African Americans Stand With Trump

Law-and-Order African Americans Stand With Trump
President Trump is standing with the 72% of African-Americans who are happy with their local police departments. By Daniel Greenfield
Of course it's true, skin color doesn't make you want to live in chaos with criminals running loose. Duhh! But you'll never see these figures and this reminders of actual history in the major media. --Del

America, We Are Leaving by Travis Yates

America, We Are Leaving by Travis Yates
This is the hardest thing I have written.

I grew up in a law enforcement family. My father worked his way up to the rank to Captain at the Ft. Smith (AR) Police Department. As I kid I remember going with him on Friday to pick up his check and I was in awe of these super heroes he worked around.

They were funny and fun to be around. Men and women of all races all with the same mission, to make the community safer.

My dad sacrificed a lot and so did my late mother. Whether it was the week long surveillance or wiretap or chasing drug runners across the country, he gave it all for my family and worked plenty of extra details to never let our family be without. Some would call that privilege but where I grew up, it was called hard work.

The kids at school thought it was cool what my dad did and while he sometimes asked me if anyone gave me a hard time, they never did. There was a respect among all….even the kids in shop class.

I didn’t grow up wanting to be a cop but one fateful night, as a freshman in college, that all changed.

I went on a ride along and my life’s journey would never be the same.

After four years of college my dad wanted me at an agency that respected that education so I moved to Tulsa (OK) at 21 years old and never looked back.

I didn’t know anyone and all I knew was what I saw my dad do, work hard and treat people with respect. I saw a lot of other cops working hard as well and doing all they could to keep the community safe.

27 years has passed and if you would have told me the condition of law enforcement today, I would have never believed you.

It’s not that law enforcement has changed for the worse but everything around it has.

The mentally ill used to get treatment and now they just send cops. Kids used to be taught respect and now it’s cool to be disrespectful.

Supervisors used to back you when you were right but now they accuse you of being wrong in order to appease crazy people.

Parents used to get mad at their kids for getting arrested and now they get mad at us.

The media used to highlight the positive contribution our profession gave to society and now they either ignore it or twist the truth for controversy to line their own pockets.

There used to be a common respect among criminals. If they got caught, they understood you had a job to do but now it’s our fault they sit in handcuffs rather than their own personal decisions.

If someone attacked a cop, they were seen as such. Now we martyr them and sue for millions.

We used to be able to testify in court and we were believed. Now, unless there is video from three different angles, no one cares what you have to say.

With all this talk about racism and racist cops, I’ve never seen people treated differently because of their race. And while I know that cowards that have never done this job will call me racist for saying it, all I’ve ever seen was criminal behavior and cops trying to stop it and they didn’t give a rip what their skin color was.

I’ve seen cops help and save any type of race, gender or ethnicity you can think of and while that used to mean something, no one cares anymore.

I’ve been called every name you can think of and many of them with racial overtones and it’s never come from cops. I’ve watched African American cops take the brunt of this and even talked one rookie out of quitting after he was berated by a lot of cowards that had the same skin color as him.

I’ve heard words I never heard before being a cop.

Uncle Tom, Cracker, Pig and the N Word just to name a few. I’ve heard them thousands of times and never once did I see a police officer retaliate.

They just took it.

Despite that, it’s been the greatest opportunity of my life to do this job. I would have recommended it to anyone and I secretly hoped one of my kids would do it one day.

They would have been a 4th Generation Cop.

But today, all of that is over. I wouldn’t wish this job on my worst enemy. I would never send anyone I cared about into the hell that this profession has become.

It’s the only job you can do everything right and lose everything.

It’s the only job where the same citizens you risk your life for hate you for it.

It’s the only segment left in society where it’s cool to discriminate and judge, just because of the uniform you wear.

You never get to explain.

You can never reason with them.

The nasty words have now turned into rocks and bottles and gunfire.

I’ve watched it happen to those around me and I have seen the total destruction of their life.

This job is a walking a time bomb and you could get cancelled or prosecuted on the very next call, even if you do everything right.

No profession has to deal with that.

Doctors kill 250,000 people a year. They call them “medical mistakes” because society understands that they do a very difficult job under high stress and they must make the best possible decision in the moment.

Law enforcement is tasked with the same and we are highly successful. Despite the most violent society we have ever seen, less than 1,000 suspects are killed a year. 96% are attacking us with weapons and all but a few others are attacking us with their cars or their fists and more and more with simulated guns so Benjamin Crump can help their family win the lottery.

I’ve seen cops risk their own lives when they shouldn’t have…….just to keep from taking one.

They never get the credit that other professions get.

Cowards are all around us. From chiefs to sheriffs to politicians, no one has our back.

Now, the little we have, we are told they are going to defund us or even abolish us. Citizens with a political agenda will reign over us and all you have to do is wake up and put on a uniform to be a racist.

This weekend I received death threats for just doing my job. It would have been outrageous a decade ago and made national news.

Now, it’s just a Monday.

There will be more threats, more accusations of racism and more lies told about us.

I used to talk cops out of leaving the job. Now I’m encouraging them.

It’s over America. You finally did it.

You aren’t going to have to abolish the police, we won’t be around for it.

And while I know, most Americans still appreciate us, it’s not enough and the risk is too high. Those of you that say thank you or buy the occasional meal, it means everything.

But those of you that were silent while the slow turning of the knives in our backs happened by thugs and cowards, this is on you.

Your belief in hashtags and memes over the truth has and will create an environment in your community that you will never expect.

If you think Minneapolis will turn into Mogadishu and that is far from you, it’s coming.

And when it does, remember what your complicity did.

This is the America that you made. (This is a deeply sad screed from a third generation law enforcement officer. Some will read it and say "it's not that bad all the time, everywhere" and they'd be correct, but it is that bad a lot of the time in a lot of places, especially our big cities. After a while it doesn't matter that 4 citizens out of 5 smile at you and are thankful for the job you do, that 5th person screaming, spitting, calling you names, sticking their cell phone camera in your face, complaining that you're a fascist who's violating their rights and they will sue..... that's what you'll remember from the day.
I don't think every cop in the country is going to quit, but some may, many may take early retirement, and recruiting for the police academies is down. All of which is understandable.
What is needed are both police chiefs and department heads who the officers know have their backs, not politicians ready to throw them under the bus to placate PC maniacs. Yes, good training for better community relations, yes, careful examination of records and complaint histories for individual officers, but overall more support from the system and its leaders for the men and women going into the streets to serve and protect.
If we don't keep good people and encourage more good people to take the job, we'll wind up with steadily less effective policing, which will catalyze more downward spiral of crime and chaos. To where wealthy people will live in gated, guarded communities, and everyone else will live in messy and often dangerous areas. Not what a country of freedom and laws is supposed to be about!
Del)