Sometimes I have an idea pop into my head that is so brilliant, I amaze myself. Many years ago while serving in the Navy and stationed in South Carolina, I bought a house in a rural area that was served by a Volunteer Fire Department. To support the fire department, they charged the residents an annual fee. I don’t remember how much it was but it was affordable. If anyone refused to pay the fee, they were put on a “Do Not Respond” list. If their home caught fire, the VFD would arrive at the scene to insure the fire did not spread to other property, but they would do nothing to assist in extinguishing the home.
Recently we have witnessed relentless targeting of Police forces across the country. While I fully support the 1st Amendment and the right to protest, (I have written about it many times on this blog), I also firmly believe actions have consequences. I think it is time for every police force in America to begin tracking a “Do Not Respond” list. Anyone caught at an anti-police protest should have their address placed on the list. If they live elsewhere, as many protesters do, their addresses should be shared with the police force at their home of record. Then the next time these protesters find themselves the victim of a home invasion or a drive-by shooting, they can just call some of their so-called leaders like Al Sharpton to come help.
I am fed up with the disrespect of law enforcement in our country. I am even more fed up with the fact that much of that disrespect is perpetuated by social and political leaders as well as many in the news media. Maybe if law enforcement started making itself “unavailable” during someone’s time of need, they would gain an appreciation for the job law enforcement officers have to endure. That job is difficult enough on its own without having to also deal with a bunch of low-life’s who want to spit on you, do harm to you and even threaten your families.
The irony is, much of the hatred in America today towards law enforcement is focused on racism, and the people expressing that hatred are guilty of the very racism they claim to be against. Here’s a news flash – there are some worthless black people out there, there are some worthless Latinas out there, there are some worthless white people out there, and sadly, there are even a few worthless police officers out there, but this new form of racism wants to hold the entire sector of law enforcement accountable for the actions of a few. That is the very definition of racism, even though it is directed at an occupational choice, not a race of people. It’s still the same thing – hatred of someone for the actions of a few.
Law enforcement, just like any race of people, has a few bad apples. But there are far more, just like any race of people, who are great people. Not only are they great people, they are willing to put their lives on the line for people who despise them. That is integrity to the max!
I have a son-in-law who is a law enforcement officer and I am proud, not just of the fact that he is in law enforcement, but that his character is impeccable and that he risks his life every time he puts on that uniform. Law enforcement deserves the same respect as our military, who are also not shown the respect they deserve, but that’s another blog for another day.