Politicians at fault for attacks on police
By Guest Columnist
Published 11:59 am Friday, July 22, 2016
By Bill Schulz
Two police assassinated while sitting in their patrol car eating lunch in New York. Five police officers killed and seven more seriously wounded in Dallas by a lone sniper. Three police officers murdered and three others wounded by a lone sniper in Baton Rouge. And, a police officer in Kansas City lingers for days before succumbing to wounds from an ambush.
But the attacks on police come not only from murderous criminals, but from our own left wing press, mobs rioting in Baltimore, attacking police with bricks and firebombs and burning down minority-owned businesses, homes, a community center. And, unfortunately, the attacks come from our own President Obama, and his former Attorney General Eric Holder.
Statements by Obama such as, “Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement. Guilty of walking while black, driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness.” And, “The anger and the emotion that followed his (Michael Brown’s) death awakened our nation once again to the reality that people in this room have long understood, which is, in too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement.”
Hardly the words of a leader calling for calm and urging communities to await the outcome of investigations of precipitating events.
I am one of millions of Americans who sees these statements about local police are undermining and destroying law and order: Many radical elements see them as justification, even license, for violence against police. Many violent criminals seem to have painted targets on the backs of police. In 2015, 128 police officers lost their lives on duty, some done in by thugs who support the so called “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Can you recall when they marched in New York City chanting: “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” And, now most recently in the Twin Cities: “How do we cook ’em? Fry ’em like bacon!”
Closer to home, an article in July 19 edition of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reads, “A state senator and longtime law enforcement officer wants the Senate to admonish Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for saying a police officer would not have shot a black St, Paul man had he been white. ‘He jumps to a conclusion’ before the investigation into the July 6 shooting is done, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said in an interview. ‘Very disturbing.’”
Later the article sites Dayton’s response.
“A day after a St. Anthony police officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile, a black man, on July 6, Dayton said, ‘Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and the passengers, were white? I don’t think it would have.’”
Those who follow politics are probably not surprised that our Gov. Dayton would use such caustic language about police. Dayton is merely copying the tactics of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other liberal and progressive activists. It is a common tactic in the left to impose their will upon a population by causing friction between disparate groups, to fan the flames of dissension and hostility, and step back while the groups destroy or enfeeble each other. Once the ranks of the people are thinned or subjugated, send the most recalcitrant members to the slave labor camps, and put the reminder to hard physical work — those who are exhausted from long days of labor are unlikely to cause any difficulties for the ruling elite. It worked for Stalin and Mao Zedong, didn’t it?
Many street thugs feel that they have been given the green light by Obama and the likes of Dayton and other radical government leaders nationwide to attack police, to loot and burn. The message is clear that only police will be prosecuted in lethal confrontations. After all, say the leftist elites, the police have amassed stockpiles of weapons and equipment to crush any opposition, so it is actually a moral act to attack those with badges, to beat them, kill them.
Murder rates nationwide are up across the nation since the rhetoric of Obama, Dayton and their leftist ilk in government and the media have soared to fever pitch.
It is time for all of us to support our police. They are a beleaguered line of defense keeping the mobs away from us, our families, our communities. The next time you see a police officer, say “thanks for your service.” Your words may be the first kind words spoken to that officer since the beginning of the shift.
Bill Schulz is a political conservative activist. He lives in Fergus Falls.