‘Stand and fight’: LET endorses Air Force veteran, CT State Trooper in run for Board of Education

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EAST HAMPTON, CT – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to endorse a veteran, dedicated law enforcement officer, and father of two for the East Hampton Board of Education.

Michael Buck is an Air Force veteran and Connecticut State Trooper who has thrown his hat in the ring for a position with his local school board in East Hampton, CT, while hoping to lend his strength and expertise as a committed protector at a time when strong voices often prove hard to find.

A native of central Connecticut, Buck had a strong interest in music as a teen, and he initially had his sights set on a career in music.

However, the horrific terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001 shifted his focus toward serving in the military, and he joined the United States Air Force.

During his six-year active duty enlistment in the military, he became a Criminal Investigator for the Air Force, and at the same time he earned his bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies.

Buck served two tours of duty in Iraq, working at Theater Internment Camps.

His military experience, he told us, gave him unique insights and an educated worldview on the realities that this country faces.

He said:

“I traveled a lot of places, states, and countries in my time in the Air Force, and I saw the world through a lot of different lenses, which is why I think I’m particularly valuable to speak on things like communism, socialism, and dictatorial regimes.”

‘Stand and fight':  LET endorses Air Force veteran, CT State Trooper in run for Board of Education
Michael Buck, Iraq. Photo courtesy of Michael Buck.

Buck finished his time in the Air Force in 2009 and was then accepted into the police academy for the Wallingford, CT, police department.

A year later, he became a Connecticut State Trooper, and he has served his community in that position ever since then.

Buck’s lifetime of service is a manifestation of a powerful inner drive to serve his community and look out for people’s best interests. 

Understandably, he identifies with the protective “Sheepdog” theory in Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s acclaimed book, On Combat.  

Grossman explains in his work:

“If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath–a wolf. 

“But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.”

Buck told us:

“I don’t know any other way.  Ever since I was a kid, even before  I had a deep interest in joining the military, if I was driving down the road and saw somebody in trouble, I’d stop.  

“I don’t have it in me to look the other when I see something’s wrong.”

And Michael Buck does see something wrong.

He told us:

“I’m seeing what I feel to be an overt attempt to socialize our communities.  And I can see it happening through our children.  

“More important than any history that I gave you about myself, is the fact that I’m a father of two daughters that are four years old and six years old, and I never felt any passion to do anything political or rise up in that type of capacity until the government started affecting the lives of my kids negatively. 

“That’s done through masks, through tyrannical and nonsensical quarantine mandates, and through all the things that we’ve seen over the last year.  I’ve just seen my kids suffer.”

Buck continued:

“I know a lot of people with a lot of different beliefs… and everyone I know has a big problem with what is happening.  

“And they have different levels of concern, but the bottom line is, everyone I know is concerned about what is happening, yet not a lot of people are doing anything about it.”

Buck added that time is of the essence for him.  He told us that many individuals his age are ordinarily consumed with their lives and livelihoods, and he noted that many may find that as they reach their “golden years,” the time has passed to intervene in matters of public interest.  

He went on to say:

“If millennials, and beyond, don’t start getting involved, it’s going to be way too late.”

For Buck, part and parcel of standing up to a socialistic path is to stand up on behalf of his fellow parents who are speaking out against government overreach, especially in the face of recent actions by the Attorney General. 

He said:

“I think my high school class had one of the highest percentages of people joining the military in history, because of 9/11. 

“My friends and I that witnessed horrific things in Iraq, that risked our lives overseas in the name of the United States of America, are now being targeted.  My generation is being watched.

“Federal agents are being asked to monitor parents that are speaking out about freedom and against mandates.”

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As he confronts issues of mandates in the schools, Buck brings to the table some expertise on cloth masks that is not shared by most school board members.

He told us:

“Cloth masks are ineffective.  They have proven not to stop the spread of COVID, especially amongst children.  

“I think that they are doing much more harm than good, and I speak obviously from the experience of having children and seeing what it’s doing to them, and just the lack of common sense that goes into all these measures.

“But I’m also married to a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, so I tend to have a little bit of a deeper knowledge base, based on her training and experience and what she sees happening to our kids, and the psychological and social effects [mask wearing is] having on the kids.” 

Buck is also planning to fight for the innocence of children.  

He told us:

“I’m against any curriculum that aims to divide our children and discriminate, because my children can play with kids of all different races, colors, creeds, genders, identities, religions, you name it, and they have no idea that they are playing with somebody different. 

 “And the reason they don’t know that is because factually, they’re not.  They are all American.

“We’re all the same under one flag.”

Although signing on to run for the school board carried with it an expectation to choose a political party, Buck prefers to identify himself by his values, not by party.

Explaining that he has gotten some pushback for running as a Republican, he told us:

“I wish I didn’t have to identify as any political party.  I don’t believe in political parties….

“Because I don’t see Joe Biden as a Democrat, and I don’t see Donald Trump as a Republican.  I see those names as aligned with a specific set of values, and my values mostly align with Republicans.  

“So what I want people to know is, if I had to tell somebody what I think the ‘R’ next to my name would stand for, it would stand for ‘Realism’ and ‘Reasonableness.’  

“Those are the ‘R’s’ that identify who I am, and I just want people to have a middle ground again because there’s no middle ground anymore.”

‘Stand and fight':  LET endorses Air Force veteran, CT State Trooper in run for Board of Education
Michael Buck, Iraq

These two “R’s,” “Realism” and “Reasonableness,” are quite evident in his goal to make schools safer for students.

He said:

“I also want to invest a lot of my time on the school board in ensuring the safety of our learners, based on my experience in law enforcement. 

“As a secondary responder to Sandy Hook, and through my experiences of being responsible for the safety and security for multiple schools throughout my career, I know a thing or two about methods to keep our kids safe.”

Citing a statistic that is significant but not widely known in school circles, he continued:

“Because in the last 50 years, zero kids have died from a school fire.  

“But hundreds of kids have died from, and been directly affected by, school violence, so I just want to bring the attention to the actual issues.  

“No matter how much it may hurt people’s feelings, and it may not be comfortable for teachers and administrators to face, I want to focus on what’s actually hurting and killing our kids.

He added:

“I say it when I am involved with school lockdown drills, and the administrators are obviously unaware of these facts.  Their faces often look amazed. 

“School fire is not a threat to kids.  It’s not.  But we practice [fire drills] all the time, and we avoid talking about practicing for the threats that our kids actually face.”

‘Stand and fight':  LET endorses Air Force veteran, CT State Trooper in run for Board of Education
Michael Buck, screenshot

Buck may be a strong and fierce protector, a “sheepdog,” but he is also very humble.

He told us:

“I’m fairly simple.  

“Whenever I do anything, I just try to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.  

“And as long as I can check those three boxes every day.  And I’m not perfect, we’ve all made mistakes, but I do my best to check those boxes.”

Citing a favorite quote from President Ronald Reagan, he continued:

“‘Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.’”  That’s driving me right now.  

“I had reservations about running.  I have more than a full-time job, two daughters, and balancing my own life can be a challenge.  You undergo a lot of scrutiny when you run for public positions, and my family endures enough already.  

“Being the wife or child of a law enforcement officer is not easy, and my family deserves all the credit in the world. 

“But evil will succeed if I’m afraid.  I think the bottom line is, if people are looking for a person who is running because he believes we need to stand and fight, and not because of some inner ego trip or desire to hold a position of power, that’s me.”

We at Law Enforcement today are pleased to endorse humble sheepdog Michael Buck in his run for East Hampton School Board, and we invite you to join us in our support.

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