Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other? And can we fix it?

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Currently, our society is engaged in a battle. While not the action we think we are in, it’s the one the media and social platforms spin.

One of the blacks against whites, Democrats against Republicans, police against citizens, educated against uneducated but one of good against evil.

I am not even going to state this is a religious against anti-religious war, but it is a war none the less.

Our society currently places more emphasis on what celebrities and sports figures say than on what our police, teachers, and social services say. The very people who fight the battle against good and evil every day are now considered the scourge of society.

The people who are in American homes every day and see the dirty secrets individuals hide about themselves are now suddenly not to be believed or trusted.

They know the evil that is out there. The evil that the police stand against daily.

Currently, we are all embroiled in us against them mentality.

Those who ran into the towers when they were falling, those that responded to the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma when children we’re lying dead on the rubble, those who daily rescue children and elderly, buy food and shoes for the homeless and bring battered women to a safe place are no longer worthy of being treated with respect or dignity.

When did society get this way? Is it a sudden onslaught, or has it been an incremental change?

When did society stop holding criminals responsible for their actions?

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Currently, the police and not the criminal are on trial. The justice system and anyone who is attached to these entities are considered unjust and racially motivated. At what point do we hold the people breaking the law accountable?

Of course, no one condones police brutality of any kind. It should be reported and immediately dealt with as it is in most cases, but when did we become a society of people that can look at our major cities such as Portland, Chicago, and Austin and say these are “peaceful protests?”

When did we become a society that thinks it’s ok to throw bricks, frozen water bottles, explosives, urine or feces at our police?

How are we living with ourselves when anyone who shows public support for law and order is considered racist?

This is America, but we have stripped people of anything to believe in. We can’t believe our news, we can’t believe our politicians, we can’t believe in religion, and allegedly we can’t believe in our heroes who are dying every day to ensure our safety.

What is left, folks? The lawlessness and rioting are a direct result of leaving people with nothing to believe in. Society currently only puts stock in people we pay to act and play games. Those people are now destroying our country and taking what little is left to believe in away from us—our patriotism, our pride in being Americans, and our ability to think for ourselves.

I beg you: Wake up!

Start fighting for justice, start fighting for your beliefs, start voting your conscience, and please stop listening to these people.

Anyone who has served in the military can tell you how bad it can be when deployed to war zones in other countries. If we do not act now, in some meaningful way, we are going to lose everything.

It is easy to blame Obama or Trump. These are the easy answers, but at what point does this become mindless rhetoric?

Stop blaming, start communicating, and above all else find something to believe in that is greater than yourself.

Cathy Bustos is a retired police lieutenant from Central Texas. As one half of “That Peer Support Couple, LLC” she is a strong peer support advocate speaking about surviving critical incidents and marriage. She can be reached by email: [email protected], their website: www.cathyandjavi.com or social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

“Have we entered the Twilight Zone?” What is happening to America – and is my family safe?

This editorial is by Law Enforcement Today’s National Spokesman Kyle S. Reyes.  If it resonates with you… please pass it along.  America desperately needs to wake up.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard these exact words in the last couple of months:

“Are we living in the Twilight Zone?”

We are in some incredibly strange – and scary – times.

First, you’ve got the virus.  Let’s start there.

I’m a dad of three little girls.  And like many of you – there’s nothing in this world I want more than the safety and well-being of my entire family.

But I can’t help thinking that something stinks about the whole thing, and I know I’m not alone.

One month we’re being told masks don’t help.  Then we’re being told we all have to wear them. 

Then we’re told this thing flies in the air and stays on playgrounds.  Then we’re told we don’t really know. 

Then we’re told senior citizens are most vulnerable.  Then we’re told nursing homes have to take people who have the virus. Then we’re told we can’t believe how many people are dying in nursing homes.

Then we’re told how many people died from it.  Then we’re told we just assume they died from it.  Then we’re told stop asking questions – just trust us.  It’s bad.

Then we’re told you don’t need guns.  Then we’re told we’re letting out tons and tons of inmates.  Then we’re told don’t worry, we’re keeping an eye on them.  Then we’re told whoops we sort of didn’t and they killed people and maybe they’ll go back to jail.

Then we’re told it’s not safe to go to church.  Then we’re told the package store and the weed store are fine.

Then we’re told don’t worry – the government will take care of you.  Then we’re told if you protest… you’ll be arrested.

Then we’re told it’s cool if you protest as long as it’s in the name of social justice and you throw rocks.

Then we’re told … well, you get the idea.  Mask up, shut up, and don’t ask any more questions.

You look across America, and all of a sudden people with the “we love our first responders’ signs in the yard are screaming “abolish the police”.  Then they’re pissed that the riots destroyed the package store and want to know why the hell the police didn’t stop them.

You have cops being assaulted with bottles of urine and bricks while police cars are lit on fire… then the cops get in trouble for using tear gas and non-lethal bullets to disperse crowds.

Then you have celebrities and Democrats creating “bail funds” for the criminals who burned down buildings and attacked police.

Then have you good cops defending their own lives and being charged with murder for doing so… at the same time that you have people screaming that cops aren’t trained and a push to defund the police so they can’t afford the training.

What the hell is happening to America?  Have we entered the Twilight Zone?

And is my family safe?

Well – no.  And no.

We’re not in the Twilight Zone.  We’re in the culmination of 90 days of quarantine and nearly four years of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

We’re in the “what happens” when entitled millennials who were never told “no” by their parents decide they’re going to make an “autonomous zone” and Democrats protect them.

We’re at that point in society where we have hit a tipping point… and if we stay the Silent Majority, we’re going to lose America.

Run the scenario of what happens if we lose the police – whether it be through abolishing them, defunding them, or them all walking off the job (Atlanta, anyone?).

Here’s what happens. 

The only people who can afford protection are those with money.  Policing becomes privatized. 

School shooters?  There’s nobody to stop them, because insurance won’t protect the private security companies from engaging them. 

Speeding tickets are handed out like candy, because it’s a revenue stream. 

Low income minority communities get no protection.  Middle class communities get very little protection.  Total disaster.

Of course some families will be more safe than others – even those with less money.  Why?  Because they have guns.  But of course in many liberal states, the second they use that gun to protect their family, their life is essentially over.

And so how exactly do we fix it?  How do we stop America from going over the edge?

Well first – we need to check the emotion at the door and start having calm, rational conversations.  Which is, of course, incredibly difficult to do because you are shamed for having a brain and using common sense if you aren’t toting the “Black Lives Matter” mantra.

And I get it – I do.  I’ve got family members who are so radical, indoctrinated and anti-police right now that they are attending rallies and not talking to us.  It’s sad.  We need to understand that some people are just so desperate to be relevant and find attention that they’ve turned into sheep.

Next up… we need to understand what’s really happening in America.  

And that’s where I want to rehash an old article that many of you might have missed… but desperately need to read.

We are in the fight of our lives.  For our families.  For our country.  And for the very values that this country was founded upon.

Read on…

I, [name], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Mortality.

It’s something that you don’t really consider when you’re young.  You can do anything.  You’re invincible.

But as we grow older, we start considering that mortality. 

It’s time we start considering the mortality of America.

I spend a substantial amount of time working in two different arenas – the world of law enforcement and the business world.

By day, I run a marketing agency. Among the areas we work in, we do extensive work in the firearms industry.  My travels take me across the country – often to some of the most rural parts of America.

By night, I am the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.  I’m not a police officer.  I was tapped because I can do one thing cops can’t do.  I can give them a voice.  I can run my mouth and no agency can fire me.

That travel that I referenced – both in the business world and supporting the LE world – has afforded me countless opportunities to work side by side with some of the greatest patriots in America. 

My closest friends are either in law enforcement or either active or retired members of some of the most elite military forces in America. 

And from our greatest warriors to our everyday citizens… I can tell you the underlying fear that so many are thinking about – and that’s the seemingly inevitable collapse of society if we don’t make some monumental changes.

As a Christian, I believe we are in the middle of some serious spiritual warfare.  But you don’t have to be a Christian to understand that the very soul of America is under attack right now.  And the rapid erosion of the Thin Blue Line has us sitting on a powder keg.

Historically, if you look at the collapse of some of the greatest empires in the world, it happened from within.  Simply put, it raises the distinct danger that America won’t be conquered by foreign enemies … but rather from domestic ones.

When historians say that an empire fell, it means that the central state no longer exercised its broad power.  That happens either because the state itself ceased to exist or because the state’s power was reduced as parts of the empire became independent of its control.

It typically doesn’t happen because of a single cause, but rather a long process.  The main factors that historically lead to imperial collapse are:

  • Economic issues
  • Social and cultural issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Political issues

Now none of these factors are causes in and of themselves, but rather are ways to categorize causes.

What that means is you wouldn’t make a determination that Rome fell because of politics, but rather you’d explore political factors to understand the collapse.  And in those issues are warning signs for us as Americans.

That brings me to the threat we face today.

Have you ever heard of something called the Cloward-Piven strategy? It’s not exactly something the mainstream media talks about… but it’s something you need to be aware of, because it’s what we’re facing in America today.

American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven created the political strategy in 1966.  The idea behind it is to overload the U.S. public welfare system to create a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.

If that doesn’t describe what we’re seeing from Democrats who are running for POTUS right now, I don’t know what does.  But it’s a much bigger threat than you might realize.  That’s because it’s so incredibly pervasive.  It’s poisoning the very roots of America.

And it calls to mind the words of Jefferson:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

We are seeing groups here in America demanding open borders.  Demanding the decriminalization of crossing into our country illegally.

At the same time, across our great country, we are seeing the CRIMINALIZATION of law enforcement. 

It’s gotten so bad in states like the People’s Republic of California and Connecticut that we’re seeing the crash and burn of morale in law enforcement. 

We’re seeing agencies desperate for officers, because as more and more retire (or count down the minutes to retirement), we see a deficit in the number of incoming recruits.  After all, why would you want to live a life of service when you’re just going to be attacked for that service?

We see political activists masquerading as police chiefs.  We see them working hand in hand with liberal politicians to not only attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, but also to destroy the morale of their own departments. We watch as they flat out disrespect the oath of office they took and put officers in no-win situations.

If I were to design a road map for how to collapse America, starting with law enforcement, here’s what it would look like.

Step one: Divide the protectors.

The refusal to allow rank and file patrol officers to cooperate with federal law enforcement to uphold the law.  It’s a slap in the face to Americans and it’s a dereliction of duty. It’s also a clear and intentional move to create a divide between local, state and federal law enforcement.  Divide the protectors… conquer a society. 

Step two: Divide the supporters.

Force officers to choose between enforcing unconstitutional legislation like Red Flag laws, which deny citizens of their right to due process… and providing for their own family.

Make cops the bad guys.  Take the people who have historically supported law enforcement and convince them that cops are now the enemy.  Divide the supporters… conquer a society.

Step three: Remove their protection

Make cops afraid to be cops.  Encourage disrespect on them like water bucket attacks.  Don’t go after the criminals who attack them.  When officers arrest criminals, let them back out on the street within hours because a liberal judge determined that the violent suspect with a lengthy criminal history isn’t actually a threat.  Then threaten law enforcement officers that if they do their job, they’ll be investigated.  That if they have to fight for their lives, they’ll end up being charged.  Remove both their desire and their ability to police.

Step four: Flood America  

By some estimates, one million people will make illegal entry into America this year.

There are fewer than 850,000 law enforcement officers in America.  Do the math.

Now let criminals create havoc in society but instead of deporting them or actually cracking down on crime, let Americans know that the real problem is guns owned by law abiding citizens and pass legislation to take away their rights.

Step five: Destroy our homes

Own the media.  Own Hollywood.  Force feed Anti-American, socialist and communist policies into our homes and our education system.  Convince our children that right is wrong and wrong is right.  Take God out of society, destroy the family structure and teach everyone that the solution to your problems is in the form of pills, porn and the government.

Step Six: Bypass Congress for gun control 

Have “private businesses” like Dicks and Walmart determine what you can and can’t buy.  Allow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and snap determine what you can see and what you can say… because it’s not a violation of the 1st Amendment if it’s done by private enterprise.

Step Seven: Use “social justice” to vilify love of country 

Take every patriotic American who wants to see a better country for their children and call them a racist, etc. if you don’t agree with them.  Then mass report them on social media to make sure their accounts are cancelled and their voices are shut down. 

Then say you think they’re a threat and have a judge determine that combat veterans and our nation’s greatest warriors need to be disarmed because of post-traumatic stress.  Then force officers to go to war with their own brothers and sisters.

The Collapse

It’s happening right in front of our eyes.  And it’s starting with a full onslaught against our law enforcement officers in every way, shape and form.

Want to save America?  We need to start by understanding the enemy.  And sometimes the biggest threat that an empire faces is the enemy within.

In case you missed it… here’s a letter from the founder of Law Enforcement Today on what you need to know… and how LET is fighting back.  We hope you’ll get in the fight.

Dear America:

When I founded Law Enforcement Today, I did it during a time where freedom of speech still existed. 

A time when the ability to market and advertise your company wasn’t infringed by bigger companies that control the media space and decide who does and doesn’t get a voice based on their own political perspectives.

Sadly, that time has come to an end.  Which is why our family at Law Enforcement Today has no choice but to step forward to fill that void and begin advocating for people and companies that are being actively silenced.

We’ve received word from some of our partners in the firearms and tactical industry that Google is actively shutting down advertising accounts of companies in the firearms accessories and tactical space.

Let’s be clear – we’re not talking about companies selling guns.

One such company, for example, is Inforce.  They make weapon mounted lights that are used by departments like the FBI, NYPD, LAPD, Boston PD, CBP and others.  Widely recognized as being both an LE and a consumer brand that helps make people safer… they are now shut down by Google.

They are a company spending six figures on advertising their products to consumers on the search engine, and now they’ve been shut down.

Here’s the message they received:

“Google, despite our ads having run without issue, now insists that weapon-mounted lights do not fall into the “increasing safety” clause of their violent content policy, therefore they cannot approve our ads. This is regardless of the ad copy wording because the landing page contains policy-violating content (the weapon-mounted light products).  Google is having to crack down on what qualifies as a ‘safety-enhancing’ accessory as a result of the backlash they have received following recent shootings in the US.”

Bing, another search engine, also shut down the ad account because the flashlights have “a line related to weapons.”

Please understand that we’re using Inforce as just one example of our many partners who have come to us about this attack in the recent weeks since the Dayton and San Antonio shootings.

Inforce, like many other partners of ours, moved to Google advertising after their ad account was shut down on Facebook and Instagram.  Although the platforms explicitly allow for the “advertising of weapon-mounted lights”, they still shut down the ad accounts as they move to remove all firearms and tactical related advertising from their platforms.

Think about this for a minute.  Where do you do your searching for products and brands? If you’re like most Americans, it’s Google, Facebook and Instagram.

When the three biggest platforms decide it’s time to attack the industry and the Second Amendment, it has the potential to be catastrophic.  It’s, in effect, gun control through censorship.  And it’s an attack that’s going to continue to spread.

We at Law Enforcement Today want to make our stance very clear. 

We strongly and firmly stand behind the Second Amendment, companies that keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe through products and innovation, and the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.

We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.

We welcome with open arms companies in the firearms and tactical industries and are proud to offer them options to get their products to market.  We’re also proud to stand beside organizations like NSSF, which runs SHOT Show, along with the Anteris Alliance, to make sure that the companies they represent have a massive voice.

Now to the consumer side of things.

We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago.  Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.

Not that there was anything offensive about it.  We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more. 

And from our perspective, that created a huge problem.  We have some of the greatest warriors in the world.  Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.

The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them.  They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.

We needed to fix it. And so we are.

Law Enforcement Today (LET) is proud to announce the beta launch of LET Unity – a new home focused on bridging the gap between civilians and civil servants.  We’ve merged with The Whiskey Patriots to massively expand content, rolling out hundreds of videos to members.

 Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”.  But the truth is, it’s so much more.

The first officer in the door at the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

Emergency responders from the Parkland shooting. 

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

The bomb squad that responded to the Aurora movie theater massacre. 

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

Survivors of the Dallas five killings.

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

The first Marine Guard hostage in the Iran crisis. 

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

The CIA agent who started a counter human trafficking company. 

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

SWAT teams. 

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

Sniper schools. 

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

World War II veterans.

Retired police lieutenant: When did everyone in America start hating each other?  And can we fix it?

And so, so much more.

The membership is less than the cost of two coffees a month, and those who sign up for an annual membership will get some surprise bonuses in the mail.  We decided to charge a nominal fee so we could take all of the proceeds and reinvest them into capturing more of these stories.

On top of that, we’re opening up the platform to some well-known podcasters who are going to be joining the team with some incredible content soon.

We have a problem in society.  Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy.  But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.

We’ve launched a series of content with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to share the stories of survivors. 

We will also be dropping a weekly law enforcement focused newscast that addresses some of the most important topics in the country… and helps bridge the gap between those who serve and those whom they serve.

The beta platform is live and the apps for Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku are up.

We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.

Click here to sign up. 

If you are one of the many companies out there that’s being censored – or you’re worried about what’s to come – don’t hesitate to reach out today.  I can be reached at [email protected]

We will not be silenced.  You shouldn’t be either.

God bless you all, and God bless America.

Sincerely,

Captain Robert Greenberg

Founder, Law Enforcement Today

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