Rule of law or anarchy? For law enforcement (and Americans), this is the most important election of our lives

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For those of us who either work in law enforcement or have worked in law enforcement, we are in the fight of our lives. Make no mistake about it, while we have heard before about the importance of an election, it has never been clearer that this election, on November 3, will be the most important election in over 100 years.

For people who believe in the rule of law, and especially for those who support our police, the choices have never been starker. President Trump must get reelected, the Republicans must maintain control of the Senate, and regain control of the House. That is the choice.

Over the past two months, we have witnessed where the Democrats stand on law and order. They have ignored…literally…the mayhem, anarchy and sheer madness that has taken place in cities such as Portland, Seattle and others. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) denied that violent protests had even been taking place in Portland, despite video evidence showing exactly that.

When asked about monuments and statues being destroyed by “protesters” across the country, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said:

“I don’t care about statues”

On July 30th, former President Barack Obama doubled-down on the anti-police rhetoric, saying during a funeral service:

“Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans,” Obama said, referring to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.”

He went on to say:

“George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” 

Get it? One police officer in an isolated incident kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and it becomes “police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans.” 

This is the anti-police rhetoric coming from Biden’s supporters, claims that police used:

“Tear gas and batons against [so-called] peaceful protesters,”

These are the same “peaceful protesters”, who just happened to be assaulting officers with commercial-grade fireworks, bottles, rocks and frozen water bottles. 

Which Democrat has spoken out against the lawlessness that has been taking place across the country? Have any of them? We haven’t heard one…not one…speaking out against what is going on in our nation.

Not one Democrat has condemned the endless assaults on police officers by riotous mobs, assaults which have included shooting at, stabbing, running over, throwing rocks, bottles and bricks at, and hurling professional grade fireworks at police officers. Not one.

What we have heard is police officers referred to as storm troopers, the Gestapo, henchmen, and every other manner of insulting names, not by the mob but by sitting members of Congress, governors and mayors, and all Democrats.

Not one criticism of the violent protesters, but a lot of criticism of police. Does anyone in law enforcement think that all of a sudden all of this will change if Joe Biden is elected president? Biden, who himself has used derogatory terms toward police? And, despite the apparent “about-face”, he did, in fact support defunding the police.

He has also accused police of “escalating tension” and “resort[ing] to excessive violence.” Biden has clearly thrown down with the mob, the so-called “Bernie bros” who are by and large violent, Marxist radicals.

This is not the Democratic Party of JFK, “Tip” O’Neil, or for that matter Bill Clinton. The Democrat party has moved hard left. The platform being touted for Biden includes open borders, massive release of prisoners, and “police reform”, all which would impact police officers, and not in a positive way.

Has Biden just once condemned the violence being directed toward police? Has he woken up from his slumber long enough to see what is going on in our country? Is he happy with cities being destroyed, with thousands of businesses, many owned by African Americans being burned to the ground or stripped bare by looters? He hasn’t condemned them so his silence speaks volumes. 

This brings us back to the election. Whether we know it or not, police officers and our supporters represent an enormously large voting bloc. There are over 800,000 active police officers in the United States. There are probably two to three times that number who are immediate family members of those officers. An equal number of retired police officers is also likely.

Add in close friends of those officers, and police and their supporters’ likely number at a minimum of around four million. That is actually a staggering number. Police and their supporters have a very good chance of having an impact on an election, that is believed to be a very close contest.

So, what police officers need to do is get involved, like we’ve never gotten involved before. We have seen police organizations throughout the country endorsing President Trump, who truly is a “law and order” president. While Obama took every opportunity to criticize and excoriate the police, President Trump has been a steadfast supporter of police and the rule of law since even before he ran for president.

The Florida PBA, the Sunshine State’s largest police union just endorsed Trump. The National Association of Police Organizations endorsed Trump. Over the next month, you are likely to see an overwhelming number of police organizations that represent rank and file police officers and supervisors, endorsing the president.

Likely, the only organizations related to law enforcement that “may” endorse Biden are those which are more political in nature…such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and perhaps the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NOBLE). Other than that, it would be shocking to see another police organization endorse Biden.

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How deep is the disdain for police officers? Look no further than a bill sponsored by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), which would remove federal funding to put school resource officers in schools throughout the US.

Unbelievably, Chris Murphy represents the state where the deadliest, and most egregious school shooting in US history took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. in December, 2012. In fact, at the time of the shooting, in which 20 first-graders and six adult staff members were killed, Murphy represented that district as its congressman. Law Enforcement Today reported on this recently.

Yet, despite that, Murphy wants to pull officers out of schools (it should be noted Sandy Hook did not have an SRO at the time), saying that having officers in schools leads to “systemic racism” and is “more dangerous” than not having them there.

This is the mindset not only of these four radical lawmakers, but the mindset of a majority of the Democrats in Congress. You as a cop ARE the enemy. They WANT school children to fear you. They WANT to indoctrinate school-aged children that police are racist killers. In some cities and towns, they have included lesson plans which say just that.

What these radicals do not understand is that 99% of police officers outright condemn what former officer Derek Chauvin did in Minneapolis. There is nobody who wants a bad cop identified and removed more than a good cop. Are there some reforms that could be made? Probably, as there are always newer and better ideas out there. Instead what we have is politicians playing to November 3 who think they can win votes and fire up their base by throwing them red meat, in this case slamming police officers.

What has been the result? Well you have politicians in certain communities who think it is a good idea to have civilians with no enforcement power conducting traffic stops, such as was done in Berkeley, California and is being proposed in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It should be noted that traffic stops are among the most dangerous encounters where police officers are assaulted or killed. They are also where people such as Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber are caught.

In Connecticut, which does not have a motor vehicle inspection program, lawmakers passed a bill which will prohibit police from stopping cars for equipment violations. In other words, they are perfectly fine with unsafe vehicles being operated on the roadways in the interest of “police accountability.” Yet there is no evidence that police in that state use equipment violation stops as a pretextual reason to kill minorities. That doesn’t matter because it makes them feel like they’ve done something good.

These are but a few examples of the direction Democrat politicians are going. If you look at the bizarre laws and ordinances that have been passed since the Minneapolis incident, ALL of them have occurred in Democrat controlled cities or states.

The most important election in history likely occurred in 1860, when REPUBLICAN Abraham Lincoln was elected as president, setting the stage for the emancipation of slaves through the Civil War, where hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives.

After the emancipation of slaves, it was the DEMOCRATS who fought tooth and nail to overturn the outcome through legislation such as Jim Crow laws. Democrats continue to oppress minorities by continuing to victimize them instead of lifting them up. President Trump has attempted to do that, even going against the wishes of some in law enforcement through the First Step Act. That act overwhelmingly benefited people of color, and was substance over symbolism rather than the Democrat playbook of symbolism over substance.

The second most important election in our history will take place on November 3, 2020. For those of us who love our country and believe in the rule of law, the choices could not be clearer.

A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for the violent insurrection being fomented across our country, cheered on by the Democrats. Does anyone think for one minute this will automatically stop once the election is over, if Biden prevails? These people are trying to fundamentally destroy the institutions on which our country was built…liberty, capitalism and rugged individualism. They will not stop until they achieve their goals, or until they are stopped. Biden and the Democrats will NOT stop them. 

A vote for President Trump at least gives us a chance. Maintaining the Senate in Republican hands is also vital because it is quite likely that there will be one or two Supreme Court vacancies during the next term.

With John Roberts apparently going rogue, it is more important than ever that a Constitutional constructionist be appointed to the high court. As those of us in law enforcement have seen in the past, bad case law comes out of bad courts, such as Miranda.

So it is time to act. Police officers need to talk to their families and friends. Retired police officers need to do the same. Police need to talk to our first responder partners in the fire departments, who historically endorse the Democrats through the IAFF. We are all on the same team. Police aren’t the only first responders who have been attacked by the mob. So too have firefighters.

We are in the fight for our professional lives. If this election goes the wrong way in November, it will truly mean the dark ages for our profession and for our country. Vote as if your life (and your livelihood) depends on it.

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