Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Henry V – Shakespeare
It’s been a while since I have studied Shakespeare, but I always remember this line from Henry V. It speaks to a time when men were called to be men and were cautioned what would happen if they chose not to answer adversity. Yes, it speaks to war, but it also speaks to the overwhelming courage to stand and fight, to resist evil or the day will be lost.
The current national climate indicates there is a war on police and in a greater sense, a war on law and order. Many have confused anarchy with freedom. I don’t believe that the gentlemen at Independence Hall would have identified what we see on the news today as freedom.
I’m not sure America has ever experienced a time of division as great as we see now. Unfortunately, there is one group of people who are caught in the middle. The men and women that wear blue every day.
Police officers have a job, which is to maintain law and order. Apparently, they also have to be a priest, a politician, a judge, a therapist, a constitutional scholar, and a lawyer all at the same time. Added to that is they usually have a matter of seconds to determine if someone is a threat to their life and how to respond if so.
What police officers haven’t had to deal with until the Obama years, is a commander in chief who is totally anti-police. I refer you to Ben Shapiro who says: “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” Obama is so blatantly anti-police, that even after the deaths of 5 officers in Dallas and 3 more in Baton Rouge, he has refused to turn the exterior lights of the White House blue. When Obergefell v. Hodges was announced, the lights lit up with the colors of the rainbow; when Prince died, it immediately was the color of Purple Rain. Yet, when police officers are gunned down, Obama could seemingly care less. That speaks volumes about his character.
I would never want to be a cop. I have seen far too much video where a cop has to stand there and be yelled at, spit on, and even attacked. They are not allowed to respond, they simply must stand there and hold the line. I recently saw a video where a young man, hoping to prompt a response, walked up to an officer and berated him with the foulest language that one can imagine. When the officer asked what was wrong, the young man stated that it was his 1st amendment right to say whatever he wanted to say. The problem is that young man would be the first to call police if he were in a dangerous situation. It’s easy to vilify the police until a situation occurs where you need them. We saw this in Dallas. As the sniper was attacking police, the Black Lives Matter protesters ran and the police covered them. I didn’t get the feeling that the protestors believed that police were racist as they were being protected by them.
The weekend after the Dallas shooting, I was at a local sporting goods store. An officer walked up and was looking at something next to me. I walked over to him and simply told him that I was praying for him. I told him that there were a whole lot more people who stood with him, rather than against him. He dropped his head a little and said: “Thank you, I wouldn’t dream of doing anything else.”
One doesn’t become a police officer for the money. I assure you, there are far more lucrative careers out there. When someone decides to become a police officer it is because they care about the community and their fellow man. Does that mean that police officers are perfect? No. They are daily confronted with decisions that have to be made in milliseconds. Most of the time, the make the right decision. But with anything, it’s not all the right decisions you make that gets noticed, it’s the one wrong one.
I believe whole heartedly that #AllLivesMatter. This includes black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Muslim, and unborn. I also believe that there is a thin blue line that separates us from chaos. Man has proved time and again, that left to his own devices, he will destroy himself.
The men and women who put on the uniform every morning, and walk out into the world that hates them deserve far more than a paycheck. They deserve our prayers, our support, and the benefit of the doubt when something goes wrong.
When they come to save your life, they don't ask if you are black or white, they just come to save you!" Rudy Giuliani