“I support law enforcement, not because I’m white and conservative but because I’m an American.”

Fox show host Tomi Lahren made those comments on ‘First Thoughts’ this week.

First of all, I love it. It makes me happy to know that when I put on my uniform each day, there are still some who appreciate me and believe in what I do.

But I would take her words a step further. I would say, “I respect law enforcement because I’m human.”

Here’s why.

When I was growing up, long before I ever knew I wanted to be a cop, I was taught lessons in respect. Respect for my elders. Respect to those around me, those sharing my environment.

If I was rude to a teacher or a friend’s parents, or hell, even if a random stranger at the grocery store caught me acting up, you’d better believe I was going to be seriously disciplined when my father found out.

It was a ‘yes sir’ and ‘no ma’am’ kind of world.

But those days are apparently gone.

When I was learning to drive, my parents told me that if I was ever pulled over by the police, keep my hands at 10 and 2. Wait to reach for your license and registration. Treat the officer respectfully, even if you think they’re wrong. You want to pick a fight with the law? Don’t. That’s what lawyers are for.

As The Clash once said, “I fought the law and the law won.”

Now, I’m not saying we, as police are never wrong. We are. But if you’re hysterical and yelling in my face about “paying my salary,” I’m far less apt to give you the benefit of the doubt than if you’re remaining calm and treating me with some common courtesy.

Instead of parents teaching their children to be polite and respectful to their elders, we see 12 year-olds spitting in teacher’s faces and high school kids talking smack to cops.

Where’s the respect for any type of authority? Where does all this entitlement come from?

Listen up parents, because this starts with you.

Tomi recently spoke at the Black and Blue Ball for the Concerns of Police Survivors “COPS” organization. If you don’t know what C.O.P.S. is, I’d suggest you check it out. Essentially it’s a massive community of police survivors keeping each other supported and providing strength through the darkest of times.

No kid should have to grow up without a father because someone else was raised to think all cops were evil.

And any parent teaching their children that police are out to get them… SHAME ON YOU!

You are the reason we are at such a divide in our country. You perpetuate false narratives to your kids, taking your own feelings or negative experiences and forcing that ideology on to them.

When you don’t teach your child to respect authority, you put them in danger.

You tell them to run when confronted by a cop? You’re the reason they’re now going to jail for the night.

Teach them to try and attack an officer? Now they’re getting maced.

“We need to not only teach our children to respect law enforcement but be able to stand up to those who degrade and demean them,” said Tomi. “Most kids – middle school, high school, and even college are not confident enough to speak up. Heck, even the children of police officers are too afraid of backlash to stand up for their own mothers and fathers.”

“Yet, those who hate and insult law enforcement feel perfectly comfortable attacking and degrading law enforcement in front of their classes, peers, the media, and the general public.”

I’m human. You’re human. If we can’t find some way to treat each other well, our future is as good as doomed.

Time for a reality check, America.

Stay safe.