I’ve been to the old Schoolbook Depository in Dallas and looked out the window from which, we are told, Oswald shot Kennedy. I have walked around Dealey Plaza and up on the Grassy Knoll. Hundreds of times, I have driven by downtown Dallas, only occasionally recalling the tragedy that was acted out there.
There was more tragedy on those streets last night. I am saddened by the loss of life. I pray for the families of the fallen officers and for those who were injured.
I support the police in general. That is, as agents of law and order, they are agents of civilization. I support that. I have been helped by the police a few times. I have been harassed a time or two as well. I like some individual law enforcement officers – I’ve even been friends with a few. I don’t like the direction law enforcement has taken in this country.
I don’t like a militarized police, police as an occupation force, or police referring to the rest of us as “civilians”. Police officers are paid, in my opinion, to put themselves in harm’s way and to take risks that the rest of us do not routinely have to take. For that, they should be respected. They should also be held to a higher standard of behavior than the ordinary citizen. A police officer who shoots a person who is not a threat deserves to be severely punished.
There were something over five hundred individuals shot and killed by police officers last year. Roughly half those killed were white. I would guess that a very high percentage of the shooting were completely and unequivocally justified. Based on what I have seen of the Minnesota shooting, that one was not justified. The police officer who pulled the trigger four times on Philando Castile is a murderer.
People of all races have a right to be angry about that shooting and probably about some of the others that have taken place. If we don’t put a stop to this, the cops will become little more than uniformed gangs. We have a police-prison complex that feeds parasitically off taxpayer dollars, requiring a bigger fix every year to keep the public “safe”. Much of the “criminal” problem comes from Prohibition-style drug laws. The more things that are made illegal, the more criminals there will be.
A bad man dressed in a police officer’s uniform did a bad thing in a Minneapolis suburb. It’s possible a bad man in a uniform did a bad thing down in Baton Rouge. Those individuals should be held accountable for their actions as individuals. Evil can be given no excuse, and truth and justice should not be obscured by the color of one’s skin or the color of one’s clothes.
Yet the divide our national leaders want to make is racial. Obama has, time and again, sided with his tribe against whites. The media and the political establishment have played up the acts of police officers in New York, Ferguson, Baltimore and other places – not necessarily because those acts were always unjustified, but because the people killed had dark skin. Instead of having a discussion about and reform of police attitudes and procedures, they want to have a race war.
I am old enough to remember November 22, 1963. I am also old enough to remember 1964, 1965, 1967, Harlem, Newark, Watts, and Detroit. It is liable to get a lot worse, and, in my lifetime, it may never get better.
Do I have an answer? Long-term, yes, I do. Tell the truth. People are different. They are different based on genetics as well as environment. If we stop denying this and admit that we tend to get along better with those more like ourselves in various ways, we could go a long way to eliminating the tensions and conflicts of multiculturalism. A more homogeneous society is a more peaceful society. The globalists are wrong; the nationalists are right. Stop wasting money trying to turn people with an average IQ of 89 into rocket scientists. Stop turning young men into criminals through drug prohibition. Stop training paramilitary law enforcement officers and start training peace officers. Give people local control of their own destinies. Get rid of welfare and centralized, big government interference in peoples’ lives.
Short-term, no. More blood is going to be shed, and it is going to be on the hands of those fomenting the Black Lives Matter agit-prop.