Lines

Consider the following:

“We, the American People… find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us…We toiled not in the acquirement or establishment of them — they are a legacy bequeathed us, by a once hardy, brave, and patriotic, but now lamented and departed race of ancestors. Theirs was the task (and nobly they performed it) to possess themselves, and through themselves, us, of this goodly land; and to uprear upon its hills and its valleys, a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; ’tis ours only to transmit these, the former, unprofaned by the foot of an invader…to the latest generation that fate shall permit the world to know. This gratitude to our fathers, justice to ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general, all imperatively require us faithfully to perform.

“How then shall we perform it? — At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? — Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” – Abraham Lincoln, Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838.

Now contrast this with the chanting protesters in New York on December 13:

“What do we want?   Dead Cops?   When do we want it?   Now!”

We are indeed killing our country by following a destructive path of self-deceit and blind acceptance of fiction as fact.  Our politicians and media are complicit in this presentation of manure as a meal for all.  In the case of recent events of where criminal activites are being portrayed as racial incidents, JR Dunn state in his post “Gangbangers Unbound”:

Soaring crime rates were sharply curtailed by a return to traditional sentencing and crime control methods that had been put in abeyance thirty years previously. As a matter of course, this involved putting many black males into some type of controlled setting, ranging from juvenile detention to prison to parole. This led to cries of victimization on racial grounds from the elite and the media, along with claims that the United States had the largest prison population in either “history” or “the world”. Both claims are asinine — the bulk of these “victims” are under parole and not behind bars.

This contention has set the agenda for the past twenty years of the racial debate. Measures taken to control crime are presented as ipso facto evidence of “systemic” or “institutional” racism. Both Obama and Holder, along with the vast majority of their contemporaries in both government and media, are true believers in this ideological construct.

This can be clearly seen in both serious racial incidents exploited by the administration, the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown shootings…

… Both have been boosted to iconic status in hopes of sparking a mass response. Both adhere to near-identical narrative templates: Martin and Moore were simply making their way down public thoroughfares minding their own business when they were set upon by whites in positions of authority and mowed down due not to wrongdoing but simply the inherent viciousness and bigotry of the Caucasian race.

In the Martin case, this involved a cheerful, bright-eyed twelve-year-old waylaid and assassinated while trudging through a storm by an obese, Jewish-sounding wannabe cop. With Brown, it was an authority-crazed white cop confronting a skylarking “gentle giant”.

Both narratives disintegrated upon examination. Not only was George Zimmermann not Jewish (depriving the media of the opportunity of exploiting latent black anti-Semitism), he was of mixed black and Hispanic ancestry. Trayvon Martin was no whimsical early teen but a muscular eighteen-year-old obsessed by mixed martial arts.

The media did succeed in burying elements of the story, Martin’s criminal history in particular. Sundance, a blogger for Conservative Treehouse, solved a burglary in Sanford by means of Internet search engines alone, demonstrating not only that Martin had committed the crime, but that the local “school police force” (which is all you need to know about the Florida educational system) had suppressed the evidence.  (This was a factor in the resignation of Charles Hurley, chief of the “school police.”) By the time that Martin encountered Zimmermann, he was an experienced professional criminal.

Similarly, media reports swept aside the fact that Michael Brown had ransacked a local convenience store, attacked a clerk, and then waltzed off with his loot, a handful of cigarillos. It was this, and not rampant white bigotry, that led Darren Wilson to confront him.

Both media and the authorities must be aware of these facts — plenty of effort was put into suppressing the first; the second is available to be seen on You Tube. This being the case, it follows that leftists in government are not concerned with the welfare of urban blacks in general, but one particular class of blacks, distinct and separate from all others — black criminals.

Activists, both in government and media, desire to decriminalize black lawlessness. They wish to put black criminals beyond the reach of the law. They seek gangbangers unbound.

Let’s add Eric Gardner to this list.  This huge person was selling loose cigarettes in violation of New York law, was arrested after a struggle and died not of a choke hold, but from a heart attack brought on by poor health & the struggle of resisting arrest.  The facts have been minimized and/or ignored by those who have an agenda of fomenting constant racial unrest.

Let us also add an incident in Berkeley, MO, just a few miles from Ferguson.  From the reports that I have read, a police officer responding to a report of a robbery at a gas station was approached by a teenager.  The teenager drew a gun and pointed it at the officer, who then drew his own weapon, shooting & killing the teenager.  Of course, protests ensued with the usual theme of a white police officer shooting a black teenager with racial undertones.

Now I’m going to stop here and make the following statement before continuing any further:

I don’t care what race, sex, gender or religion you are; no one deserves to be discriminated against.  A person also does not deserve any special privileges depending on what race, gender, sexual preference, or religion they may be.   You are a human being, part of a larger society, and responsible for one’s own actions.  If you commit a criminal act, then you must must be held accountable for your actions & suffer a consequence.  This is the underlying theme of any just society.

However, this entire premise is being turned upside-down.  Groups enjoy special privileges based on anything and everything, calls for social “justice” instead of lawful justice abound, and a general sense of anarchy & chaos lurks under the surface.  That anarchy and chaos is popping up more and more – just think of the rioting and burning that happened in Ferguson, and you get the idea.

Because people ignore facts, listen to race-baiting politicians & activists, march around shouting inflammatory chants calling for “dead cop,” New York now has two dead policemen.  From what has been discovered about the assassin, he was directly influenced by the call for racial/social justice in the extreme measure.

Folks, we have lines being crossed and broken.

The line holding back the criminals from society is the “blue line” – the police.  This line is being bent and assaulted by the politicians and race-baiters making statements that the police are the problem.  No, the police (by and large) are not the problem – criminals and those who would take advantage of the weak-minded are the problem.  The rabble-rousers make bad situations worse without offering any solutions, but make speeches inciting people to protest instead of solving issues.

The line between society and anarchy is crumbling.  People within pockets of society are demanding vigilante justice instead of a justice system.  Grand juries returned no charges in two cases, and a criminal jury had a “not guilty” verdict in a third, but that does not matter.  Justice, in their eyes, has not been served.  Property damage and murder have resulted in this brand of “justice.”

Most of all, the line between chaos and civilization is disintegrating, or at least it seems that way.  The media hype certainly makes it seem that we are on the verge of the Apocalypse.  No wonder the “preppers” among us are stocking up with the necessities of life and the means to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Somewhere, sometime, everyone needs to back away from this path to self-destruction that this country seems to be on.

I had an entire rant in my head ready to post.  Instead, I read a Facebook post from Mike “Dirty Jobs” Rowe.  I encourage everyone to read the post in its entirety, but here’s latter part of the post that really sums up the situation in a way that I never could

“…it was clear that both sides wanted law and order. But the conservatives were convinced that order is only possible when citizens treat cops with respect. Liberals, on the other hand, were arguing that order can only occur when cops treat everyone the same. And round and round we went. The chicken and the egg.

“Later, on the drive home, I called a friend of mine back in Baltimore. He’s black, successful, and hard-working. He also resents the way he’s gotten swept into the zeitgeist of Ferguson. In his words, “I’m a pawn in someone else’s agenda, and I’m sick of it. I know what bias looks like in my life. I’m tired of being represented by two petty criminals who died resisting arrest.”

“I hadn’t thought about it like that, but he’s got a point. The vast majority of black Americans have never broken the law. And yet, millions of lives are now entwined with the death of Brown and Garner. That’s not fair, but it’s hardly breaking news. Minorities are constantly stereotyped and the impression lingers. Looters and arsonists run amok, and Black America suffers the association. Now I’m trying to get my head around the fact that two cops are dead in Brooklyn, assassinated by a lunatic in “retaliation” for Ferguson and Staten Island. Unbelievable.

“How much worse can it get for the millions of law-abiding minorities, struggling to be seen as individuals? How much worse can it get for the thousands of honest cops, trying to protect a citizenry that doesn’t seem to appreciate their daily sacrifice?

“A few days ago, people were marching in the streets, literally calling for the execution of police. (“What do we want? Dead Cops!”) Others are standing by today, waiting to lionize the assassins who answer the call. These are not the champions of justice; these are the enemies of civilization, and it’s up to sensible people on both sides of the aisle to close ranks and shout them down. If we want to live in a nation of laws, we need to support the humans sworn to uphold them. They’re a lot of really great cops out there who have promised to do that very thing, including the one in my family. We’d be screwed without them.

“To answer your question Meghan, I support peaceful protests, and I’m all for rooting out bad cops. But let’s not stop there. If we’re serious about saving lives, and eliminating the confrontations that lead to the demise of Garner and Brown, let’s also condemn the stupidity that leads so many Americans to resist arrest. I don’t care if you’re white, black, red, periwinkle, burnt umber, or chartreuse – resisting arrest is not a right, it’s a crime. And it’s never a good idea.”

Well said, Mike, well said.

This will be my last post for 2014.  May everyone stay safe through this time of year of where we all should be filled with the Christmas Spirit instead of the anger toward our fellow man.

NYPD and Beyond

Two New York City policeman were killed Saturday in an ambush-styled attack.  The murderer reportedly ran into a nearby subway, was confronted, and killed himself.  The killer’s online posts also reportedly stated that he was going to kill police officers in retaliation for the Eric Gardner and Michael Brown deaths at the hands of police officers.

This is just my opinion and I sincerely hope it does not come true, but this may just be the beginning of a rash of violence targeted toward police officers.  Here’s why I think this.

The outrage of the race-hustlers from the White House on down to the protesters in the streets over the Gardner and Brown deaths has been loud, long, and calling for “social justice.”  The facts of either case do not matter (both Gardner and Brown were engaged in criminal activities) as long as someone “pays” for the perceived racism.  Indeed, a protest march in NYC called for “dead cops” and protests across the nation called for justice despite the findings of two different Grand Juries.

It also does not help that various political figures make statements that do not calm, but continue the narrative that police are racist.  The usual race-hustlers grandstand and incite the crowds to a frenzy.  The result is that an individual, possibly mentally disturbed (my thought), responded to the invective speeches and went to New York City to kill two policeman.

Is this now what we are to expect?  The rule of law being subverted by vigilantism?  If so, then why would we need police or a judicial system?  I shudder to think of the consequences of that path.

During 2014, a reported 108 police officers were killed feloniously last year and untold others assaulted. The police have a right to defend themselves and they have a duty to get the upper hand when dealing with criminals. They owe it to themselves, their family and the community they protect and defend from the criminal element.  Take a look at the video on the following link, and perhaps you’ll understand that a police officer has a very dangerous job (https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=818006664924336&fref=nf)

As far as I’m concerned, Al Sharpton has the blood of these two officers on his hands as he has been the loudest voice for retribution against the police.  New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama also have a part in this incident, and share the responsibility of the officer’s deaths by not actively supporting the police or the system of justice we have in this country.

The challenge that I’m giving the above named people is to support the rule of law, work within the law to bring about the change that is needed to restore the relationships of the police and the communities that they work in, and most of all, tone down the rhetoric.  Obviously, the speechmaking isn’t working…

Food for Thought

The following has been making the rounds in Facebook, and it’s just too good not to pass along as there is a lesson to be learned.

A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent.  And then asked, “Have you received a scholarship for school?”

The boy replied, “No.”

“It was your father who paid for your studies?”

“Yes,” he replied.

“Where does your father work?”

“My father is a Blacksmith.”

The Director asked the young man to show him his hands.  The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.

“Have you ever helped your parents at their job?”

“Never – my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.”

The director said, “I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.”

The young man felt that his chance to get the job was high.

When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash his hands. His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed his hands to his son. The young man washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father’s hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.

This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he paid for their education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his father’s hands, the young man stood in silence, and then began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.

The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.  The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young man when he asked him, “Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?”

The boy replied, “I washed my father’s hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop.  Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today. By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.”

The director said, “This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life.  You are hired.”

A child that has been coddled, protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of  “I have the right” and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?  You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you’re washing the floor or painting a wall , please let them experience that too.

After eating, have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this – it’s because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.

The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done.

In this time of the Christmas Season, it’s not about the gifts that one receives from family, but what one receives from their family in support and love.  There are some who do not have a family to love and love back, and it is these people that deserve compassion and understanding for they may never know the joy of a loving, supporting family.

I was fortunate to have learned a lot from my parents. I appreciated the hard work they did so I could have what I have, not to feel I was entitled, but that I had to do things for myself, to be independent, not dependent on others or to expect others to take care of me, to work hard and be responsible, to respect others, to encourage and help others, but not to enable them.

Perhaps this was the greatest gift they could have ever given me.

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Is She Nuts?

In a recent speech at Georgetown University, Hillary Rodham Clinton stated,

“Showing respect even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

After her stint in the State Department and the disaster at Benghazi, I have to ask –

Is she nuts?

This is what I stated in an earlier post part about the enemies of America – those who have stated that their intent is to bring down this country of ours and to cause harm to its people:

…And yet, we blunder on down a path that leads to self-destruction. Our media and politicians make excuses for Islamic terrorists, thinking that they are misunderstood and that we, as a country, need to understand why they hate us. That way, we can change so that they will “like us,” and will stop the killing.

…They will plot, plan, and execute attacks that will cause large numbers of casualties. And the elites idiots among us will wring their hands crying, “We don’t understand! We were talking!” Understand this, you Brie-eaters – there are people in the world that want to kill you just for the reason that you exist!! And we still seem to pursue the idiotic mantra of appeasement to those who wish nothing more than to destroy our country and subjugate us to their religion.

I sincerely hope that people are listening to what the Hildebeast is saying, and seriously evaluating what her “qualifications” are.  I will tell you that they are thin if non-existent if not negative.