Two-time Eisner award-winning comic book creator and writer Mike Baron has just completed a graphic novel titled Thin Blue Line. It is drawn by active duty police officer Joseph Arnold (pencils & layouts) and illustrator Jeff Slemons (finishes & inks). In the novel, as angry mobs burn down the city, two cops fight to protect the community and for their own survival.
Baron says that he wrote this story because the content is inherently dramatic. More than that, Baron is one of the few writers in the comic book industry with the guts to portray law enforcement officers from a sympathetic point of view.
According to Baron, “Civilization depends on the rule of law. If you’re not for the rule of law, you’re not for civilization.” He describes the defund the police movement as “suicidal”.
The protagonist of The Thin Blue Line is a young mom and police officer named Val. Val is no different from most real world law enforcement officers, who genuinely want to serve the public.
Baron knows this from firsthand experience in his few encounters with law enforcement. It is that side of law enforcement that Baron explores in his graphic novel, an aspect of policing that once was a staple of TV dramas but is now forbidden by an increasingly hostile media.
Policing is an essential element of civil order. Unfortunately, the “lickspittle press”, as Baron calls them, are only too eager to slander law enforcement and fan the flames of civil unrest.
The press see the world from their gated communities and have no sympathy for their readers or the people they write about. “If we had a free and independent press, that stuff last year wouldn’t have happened.”
Instead of honestly reporting on the riots, the press cheered on the rioters as if they wanted to see businesses burned down in impoverished neighborhoods.
Looking at the coverage from last year, it isn’t hard to find support for that position. For instance, when ESPN sportswriter Chris Martin Palmer wrote “Burn that s**t down.
Burn it all down,” on his Twitter account in reference to the Minneapolis riots. Even Kamala Harris, currently employed as the vice-president of the United States, encouraged riots by describing them as “essential.”
Comic books, according to writer Chuck Dixon are headed down the same path. Since the 1990’s, editors have increasingly avoided hiring conservative writers, nor do they allow conservative content to appear in a favorable light.
It has gotten to the point that every hero is an anti-hero and no hero wants to be American, not even Superman, who famously surrendered his United States citizenship in Action Comics #900.
“People at Marvel and DC will never call me because I’m on the wrong side of the political divide,” says Baron.
“I’m a constitutional conservative. I believe in the Constitution, though it has largely been thrown into the garbage by the press and the cooperation of congress. The only thing they are concerned about is power.”
Although Baron wrote the Punisher for Marvel Comics in the early days of his career, he now makes a living writing comics for independent publishers and action-packed humor novels like the Florida Man series and Helmet Head.
In our current political climate, the truth is hidden by the press as they spread lies; such as the idea that last year’s riots were “peaceful protests” but the January 6 demonstration was an “insurrection”.
It is important to remind people of the truth because, “crime is out of control. You know what’s happening in Portland and Seattle. Police are walking off the job everywhere and we need them. People are getting elected who don’t understand civics. It just blows my mind that people go along with this.”
People who “go along with it” have created a kind of political paralysis well-known to citizens of communist countries. Out of fear of offending one’s political opposition, or to prevent attracting unwanted attention, nothing is done. The result is anarchy, the loss of personal freedoms, and the destruction of personal and national economic viability.
Baron’s graphic novel flies in the face of that by unapologetically presenting our law enforcement community as comprised of good people doing a difficult job in trying circumstances.
If you’d like to know more about the Thin Blue Line graphic novel, you can go to Baron’s Indigogo page by following this link.
“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue. You support the police. You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse. You bring homemade cookies to your local police station. You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.
You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage. You pray daily for the Blue family.
And yet, you may feel quite alone.
Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.
Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.
Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest. They revile and attack those who back the Blue. They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.
But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.
According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement. That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.
That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.
And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.
Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.
Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.
In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.
Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.
According to LEOKA:
“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”
Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment. Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.
Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.
These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country. You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.
You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.
Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.
As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:
“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.
“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.
“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone. It’s time to fight back.”
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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.
It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.
“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.
“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.
“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”
Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.
Here’s what the funds go towards:
- We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families. They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it. They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
- We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue. The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.
As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary. In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.
Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.
For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.
You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.
Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.
Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.
For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.
“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”
Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police. Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.
In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.
This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.
Reyes points out:
“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.
“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”
Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.
We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.
If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]
It’s time to get in the fight.
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