For a number of reasons, I have not had opportunities to be active on WordPress but I’m sitting at my desk this morning, and while I’m trying to think from an historical perspective I cannot shake the thoughts of the more recent.
First it goes without saying that the deaths in recent days are all tragedies. For once I’ll refrain from my references to John Donne and citations of his words, but any untimely death brings not only grief for the surviving loved ones but questions. I’m more familiar with Baton Rouge than Minnesota because I grew up maybe 45 minutes away (as the crow flies) from where Alton Sterling lost his life and know which media outlets will have reports from journalists versus sensationalists.
Regardless of what happened or what one thinks happened in either Baton Rouge with Alton Sterling or Philando Castile in Minnesota, neither justifies the events which took place in Dallas. Family and loved ones of both Sterling and Castile have asserted the same in video interviews, mourn for the victims of that sniper in Dallas, and grieve for the surviving family and loved ones of those individuals.
I’ve written before that I believe that all professions have individuals who have no business being in that profession. One of my graduate school mentors told me that in teaching you might find 10 percent who are excellent at what they do and 10 percent who are abysmal and perhaps total failures. The remainder of college professors like me and you will be somewhere in the remaining 80 percent. Personally I think that ole corn farmer was among the best of the best and many others more qualified and experienced than me will assert the same, but I think his generalization is more or less true and not limited to a single occupation, skill, career, talent, or any other category.
There are bad law enforcement officers, and the individuals who want to see those officers gone the most are the law enforcement officers who try to do their jobs to the best of their ability. The reason is simple. The bad action by one impacts their ability to perform their duties in the expected manner.
None of us who are sincere about our respective duties want anyone who by their insincerity, lack of credentials, or utter incompetence to be the lens that others use to see you. We certainly don’t want someone to view us as a criminal because another person in our field engaged in criminal acts.
That stated, my current thoughts are about “what is the freakin’ difference.”
I read this from CNN, “Sarah Palin: Black Lives Matter is a ‘farce’.” The piece concludes:
“So if we’re to take sides, I side with the Thin Blue Line. To side with our public servants trying to keep law and order amidst political agendas that clearly oppose that virtue is how the good guys win again,”.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick gave this interview on FOX where he remarked:
“I grew up in a world, I’ve been around long enough, that we’ve always had bad people, we’ve always had dangerous people, but the general republic respected the police. Too many in the general public who aren’t criminals but have a big mouth are creating situations like we saw last night.”
That’s fine and dandy, but how exactly is what Palin and Patrick view as a disrespect of law enforcement any different from today’s 2nd Amendment interpretation from the past 8 years as opposed to the prior 277 years ?
Thinking from the historical perspective, I recall a group of farmers living on the frontier of Western Pennsylvania during the administration of George Washington. Those farmers felt that the federal government was abusing its authority by targeting a specific demographic and took action that they would not be subjected to such government tyranny. President George Washington personally led a militia force of nearly 13,000 strong to demonstrate government authority>
Or how about Sarah Palin’s reaction to these remarks from President Barack Obama concerning gun violence? Seriously, his words were shallow or offensive?
She even believes that Jesus Christ would fight for the Second Amendment.
Well some will try to clear my confused thoughts by saying that I’m conflating the 2nd Amendment with the murder of the officers in Dallas.
They have told me that it’s simply about a lack of respect for the police
It’s true that Texas has its open carry laws.
Honestly I don’t know how an officer or any person is able to determine who is a patriot exercising their rights from a low-life scum of the Earth murderer.
It has to be more difficult when that officer cannot even question an individual until that individual does something that might appear to be in violation of the law.
How much respect did this individual demonstrate to law enforcement? This example is not an isolated one, but people who condemned the actions by the officers here are defending the actions by those officers in Baton Rouge and that officer in Minnesota. How does that make sense?
Despite what some want to argue, there is a difference between how races view law enforcement.
I’m not arguing here if that perception is justified or actually happens. I’m asserting that we are different and view things from different perspectives.
Folks it just isn’t as simple as respect, and that respect cannot have a double standard attached.
It’s not about so-called “soft targets” because these officers were armed.
I’m only assuming but there must have been a lot of “good guys” with guns in the crowd. I have no way of knowing if he is a good guy or not, but the police department tweeted a photo of a person of interest who openly carried a long rifle.
Many, if not all officers, wore protective vests, but the rounds from the rifle still penetrated with killing force. The sniper had more firepower than the officers along with the higher position and the element of surprise.
It’s not my intent here, but we need to have real conversations about a plethora of topics because we’ve already had enough tragedy and untimely loss of innocent life.
We have to realize that the loved ones of that police officer and the loved ones of that person with black, brown, and yes depending upon area a white person leaving home for their day at work or school are thinking that today could be the last time I see my loved one alive.
That’s something We the People should not accept, and We is made up of every race, gender, preference, and creed.
We have to talk with one another and work together and not be hypocrites.