Are we in a Civil War? Not the 1861-1865 version, but it seems we are awfully close. (Op-ed)


This editorial is by a former Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

Someone, anyone please explain to us what President Theodore Roosevelt has to do with racial injustice in 2020.

George Washington? Abraham Lincoln, for God’s sake?

What does the name of pancake syrup, or instant rice, or ice cream bars have to do with racial injustice?

If you said “nothing”… you are absolutely right. What it does have to do with is fundamentally transforming our country, gutting our history, and praying at the altar of political correctness. If anyone thinks this is fixable at this point, we believe you are wrong.

Joe Biden thinks he can bring the country together. Seriously? He thinks he can convince fully half of the American people that dismantling statues that have stood in some cases for over 100 years will somehow bridge the gulf that divides our country?

He thinks that the part of the country who respects our police and military will accept those who are inclined to destroy those who protect us? He’s more delusional than he appears.

If anyone thinks that Black Lives Matter is a group rather than a noun, you are sadly mistaken.

This group, driven by a Marxist ideology, wants nothing short of a complete overturn of our Republic.

You do not even need to dig deep in order to find out what their goals are. It’s written right on their website. Black lives matter as a way of thinking is a noble cause. Black Lives Matter as a group wants to destroy our country. 

Free thought is out the window. People who do not buy into the narrative that all whites are by nature of their birth racist, and that they are gifted with some form of divine privilege, as if they don’t have to work hard for everything they have, are excoriated.

People have been fired from their jobs for using what used to be their right to free speech. Oh, we know…the Bill of Rights is intended to protect people from an intrusive government.

Got it.

However, since when are people crucified for their beliefs? Since last month apparently. No longer can someone say “all lives matter. That doesn’t fit the narrative and that’s racist!

Our colleges used to be a place where debate was encouraged, where a free exchange of ideas was not only welcome but was encouraged.

The thought was that opening hearts and minds to opposing points of view would possibly lead to consensus, or short of that, at least an understanding of the fact that not everyone thinks the same way.

Not anymore.

College professors who express opposing views in order to encourage debate are doxed, threatened, and more often than not, fired.

A little over a week ago, Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe shot and killed a man who turned around and attempted to shoot at him with a Taser.

Rolfe, believing his life was in danger, fired at the suspect, Rayshard Brooks, killing him.

Rolfe was fired, then subsequently arrested, and charged with eleven felonies.

Melissa Rolfe, the officer’s stepmother took to social media to defend her stepson. What was the result? She was fired from her position as Human Resources Director of Equity Prime Mortgage. For defending her stepson.

Paramount Network canceled Cops, A&E canceled their most popular show, LivePD, Nickelodeon was slated to drop the police dog from Paw Patrol, and Lego stopped marketing their police play set after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

We are waiting for the Antifa play set where they characters loot, set buildings on fire, and beat people up. Because obviously, those are better role models than police officers.

We have Nancy Pelosi having portraits of House Speakers who formerly served the confederacy removed from the capitol.

Pelosi and other Democrats turn a blind eye to statues of Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, and Columbus being destroyed, while ignoring the fact that they themselves embraced a man who was a KKK member and founded the West Virginia KKK chapter in Sen. Robert Byrd.

Where are the calls for bridges, tunnels, and buildings with HIS name on them being renamed or having the plaques jack-hammered out?

Are we headed for a civil war? There seems to be consensus among some that if not by actual military confrontation but in a virtual sense we indeed are in the midst of such a civil war. There is clearly a breakdown in civil order.

We have never been this divided.

What should have been a moment when our country came together, the death of George Floyd which was universally condemned across political and ideological lines, groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa saw it as an opportunity. And thus far they have not missed that opportunity.

American Thinker refers to the current situation as “An Uncivil War.” They specifically address the following as components of such a war:

  • Irreconcilable conflict between left and right;
  • Belligerence and vituperation (vitriol) that passes for a national conversation;
  • Sporadic acts of violence, flash mobs, and organized riots erupting in every corner of the country;
  • The dismal lack of local and state leadership
  • Orwellian ministers of truth, otherwise known as digital platforms, controlling and censoring information;
  • A rabid feminist network intent on destabilizing cultural traditions and morals;
  • A president betrayed by his own generals and party senators;
  • A rogue enclave set up by malcontents and domestic terrorists in the middle of an American city;
  • Racial mayhem fomented and exploited by a class of partisan criminals

During the Civil War there were two clearly identifiable “sides”—the Union and the Confederacy. This “war?”

Take your pick. Incompetent leaders such as mayors and governors, embodied most identifiably by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who have allowed a mob to control part of downtown Seattle for over two weeks unabated.

You have police chiefs such as in Fort Worth, Texas who is refusing to have rioting mobs prosecuted.

You have sports “stars” like Lebron James, who himself wouldn’t dare live in the inner cities or send his children to inner city schools, lecturing the rest of us on OUR racism.

Not enough for you? How about CEOs, such as Dan Cathy of Chick fil-A suggesting that in order to express repentance for wrongs committed in the past by some, people should “find somebody that needs to have their shoe shined, we need to just go right on over, and shine their shoes.”

Cathy said this after shining the shoes of a black Christian rapper.

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Murdered officer's grave desecrated before headstone even placed

You want the ultimate show of submission?

How about police chiefs taking a knee with people who would just as soon see them dead, or laying on the ground on their stomach for over eight minutes with their hands behind their backs, while fellow cops are getting shot, stabbed, having bricks thrown at them, and getting run over.

Then there is social media. If anything, ever came along which has stoked the fires of hate and misinformation, it’s social media.

You have “platforms” such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google which are fomenting disinformation, flagging certain points of view as “hate speech,” while allowing others to spew any venom or crap they want to.

Articles or posts which are pro-police are erased or demonetized, while people or groups who advocate for the killing of police officers, the destruction of property, or promoting violent “protests” are allowed to remain up because they do not “violate community standards.”

Who else is on “the other side?” Well you have the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, Nation of Islam—all spewing hate and misinformation, and which are allowed unabated on the Internet.

Then there is the president. Abandoned by generals (much as Lincoln was), dealing with for the most part a party of gutless Republicans who refuse to stand up to the mob, and a media complex that is overwhelmingly trying to undermine him at every turn, he faces an uphill battle.

There are some media voices who have been resolute in identifying what is going on, such as Tucker Carlson, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, however they are somewhat drowned out by the major networks, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, with their accomplices in social media. 

Much as in 2016, there is likely a significant silent majority who support the president and are on the side of law and order. Unlike those who are trying to destroy our country and undermine the rule of law, this group is quiet, likely in large part because they are afraid of being excoriated or losing their jobs.

The Antifa and BLM mob likely don’t have to worry about either. In the case of Antifa, the biggest threat is losing access to their Xbox or their mocha soy latte’s.

We have seen the rule of law crumble, with the police largely unable to control the mob, and with every move they make under scrutiny. Police are likely afraid to use any type of force at risk of losing their jobs, or worse being arrested.

We have seen other officers arrested in the past week or so other than Off. Rolfe in Atlanta. If police are unable or unwilling to do their jobs, it makes the job even that much more difficult.

American Thinker posits, and we agree that our country has “grown dysfunctional and largely ungovernable,” more along the lines of “civil disintegration not civil war.”

Is it too late to get our country back? We hope not.

The one thing we do know is that currently the only one standing between liberty and tyranny is President Trump, along with very few members of Congress. The Democrats clearly cannot be trusted. Neither can a large number of Republicans.

The mere fact that we have heard nary a Republican with limited exceptions defend our police against charges of systemic racism being leveled at them speaks volumes.

It is interesting that this “systemic racism” didn’t seem to be an issue during the eight years of the Obama administration, and only came about recently.

These statues that are suddenly racist and offensive were not so during the years 2008-2016. Hell, as recently as three months ago, police were being held up as heroes, along with other first responders. Now they are the enemy.

Is this the end of America as we know it? Who knows? Clearly as already stated the chances of compromise are slim and none. It has been suggested that perhaps the confederacy had the right idea, albeit not the part about slavery.

Maybe it is time to divide the country along red and blue lines. It’s often been joked about that the best thing to happen would be if the west coast of the U.S. broke off from the United States and made its way into the Pacific.

Given the status of current events, maybe that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Perhaps they could take a few more blue states with them and leave those of us who love our country, love freedom and liberty, and respect and honor our history alone. We’ve already seen how their “utopia” of CHAZ/CHOP has worked out. We’ll pass.

Under Attack: With your help, Law Enforcement Today will continue to hold the Thin Blue Line

This editorial is by Kyle. S. Reyes, National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today


That was the number of hate e-mails yesterday alone.  The number that I stopped counting at.

You know who wished me “Happy Father’s Day”?  My wife and kids.  Cops across the country. 

Not most of my immediate family or extended family.  Or old friends.

That’s because they tell me I’m on the “wrong side of history”. 

Or, as I like to put it, the right side of the Thin Blue Line.

I’m a “bootlicker”, a “Nazi apologist” and “scum bucket.  Why?  Because I’m not afraid to say that I believe the overwhelming majority of cops are good people.

Because I actually have a brain…and know how to use it.  Because I don’t cave to the mob mentality and march in the streets, desperate for attention and hopeful that by carrying a sign I’ll somehow be relevant in this world.

The marketing agency I own – The Silent Partner Marketing – has come under unbelievable attack because we unapologetically support law enforcement.

Someone was offended that I said anyone who had a problem with it can “kiss my ass”.  Apparently that’s offensive, but throwing bricks through windows, destroying monuments and torching police cars after looting and vandalizing stores somehow isn’t offensive.

And yes, for the record, I did NOT say they can “kiss my ass”.  I said they can “kiss my red, white and blue ass”.  Just to make sure we’re clear about things.

In the meantime, we’ve faced rising cyber attacks and threats at Law Enforcement Today.  We’ve been told to shut down our website or we’ll “pay for it”.

Our response?  We’ve doubled down.

We are bringing in DOZENS of new writers – most of whom are active, retired or wounded police officers… along with their wives and children.

With all of that being said, we’ve chosen to mask their identities for now.

That decision came earlier this month, after I got the call from one of my writers:

“I’m so sorry I went dark tonight and couldn’t turn any more pieces.  Someone showed up at my house and started screaming ‘fuck the police’ repeatedly while my kids were outside playing.”

It was a rough night for her.  She had just gotten some of the most hateful emails I’ve ever seen – all while reporting on the horror.  All while her husband was on duty.  

By the way, she’s a former cop.

She’s not the only one.  Many of our writers have gotten the emails and the personal messages through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to our writers.

“Fuck you – I hope you die.”

“Cops are pigs and we’re going to burn them in a roast.”

“We’re going to rape your wives.”

Every day, I’m getting literally hundreds of messages sent to me from cops across the country – and their supporters.

Screenshots of horrific threats being made to them.

Pictures of mutilations.

Destroyed vehicles.  Vandalized homes.  Torched businesses.

And so for now, to keep them safe, we’re not putting author names on articles.

But I want to be crystal clear – we’re NOT backing down.  As a matter of fact.. we’re stepping up.  And we’re hoping that you’ll help.

Last year, we quietly launched a platform called LET Unity.  We created the home for some amazing video content because we saw the voices of law enforcement becoming more and more censored online.  Social media was deleting videos of ours highlighting wounded officers for being “offensive”.

It was throttling the reach of stories highlighting widows and parents who lost their kids in the line of duty.

We were getting flagged for stories about police officers because we refuse to reveal our sources.

And so today… I want to ask you to consider joining the fight in one of two different ways.

The first is to consider a membership at LET Unity.  It’s only $7 a month or $75 a year (you’ll get some bonus gifts).  You’ll get access to some amazing video interviews with heroes that you won’t find anywhere else.  And what’s even better is that we use that revenue to continue to hire active and retired officers and supporters to help give a much needed voice to those who hold the Thin Blue Line.

Click here to join us.

The second is simply to ask for your voice. 

We understand that money is tight for everyone right now.  So if you can’t subscribe right now… help us ensure our content gets in front of as many eyeballs as possible. 

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Share our stories with your friends and family if they resonate with you.

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And finally… don’t be afraid to stand up.  Remember – the silent majority is behind law enforcement… and it’s the whining, entitled individuals desperate for attention who are screaming “abolish the police”.

It won’t be easy – but you’re not alone.  You have an entire family behind you… praying for you, loving on you and supporting you.

As for the rest of them?  They can all kiss our red, white and blue asses.


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