Politically Speaking – June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020

Wow! What a month so far! But come to think of it, 2020 has been one heck of a year. Is it 2021 yet? Not to rush anyone’s life away, but like everyone else, I’m wondering what’s happening in our country.

Sadly, the chaos we’ve all lived with over the last few months has turned lives upside down. COVID-19, the murder of a black man as the world watched, and then justifiable protests began. Those with a different agenda turned a worthwhile cause into total terrorism and pure hate as they burned, looted, and beat and murdered innocent people while monuments and statues were being destroyed of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, and others that were connected to a past that many aren’t proud of. All of these represent America’s history that should teach us not to repeat the awful mistakes we’ve made.

We are supposed to learn from history. I watched in horror the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of four bad cops that swore to serve and protect! That service and protection certainly didn’t happen in this case.

Now in the aftermath there are some governors and mayors suggesting defunding and dismantling police departments. God only knows where we would be without the police. However, I think we’ve already seen a hint of how that works. At this point some of our large cities look like war zones, and in my opinion, will never be back to where they were in our lifetime, and possibly in our children’s lifetimes! That, ladies and gentlemen, is an example of lawlessness and no police presence.

And yet the talk continues to defund and dismantle police departments across this county. This will do nothing but have short and long term effects.
Are they really talking about defunding and dismantling, or do they want social workers to do the job of officers?

If that’s the case, I don’t think any of us that might need the police and call for help because someone is breaking in our house want to hear a message like this:

“Thank you for calling 911. Due to defunding, no one is available at this time to answer your call. Please leave a message and we will have a social worker, mediator, or therapist get back with you in four or five days, depending on your needs. Good luck!”

My point is simple. It is to point out that most police are good. There are 375 million interactions with police yearly. They are willing to put their own lives on the line to protect you and yours and they do that every day. As for bad cops, my question is, why are they on the police force?

The cop that killed George Floyd is Derek Chauvin. In checking his past record, he had at least 17 prior misconduct complaints, a record made public by the Minneapolis Police Department after the fact. I expect the prosecutors to deploy that against him at trial.

Another cop charged is Thomas Lane, 37, who was convicted for criminal offenses and traffic violations seven times before being hired as a cop. My question is why were they on a police force? In my opinion, these facts bear investigation.

There should be some kind of regulations. Sadly, bad cops give 99% of the good cops a bad reputation.

Moving along, on Sunday, June 7 nine Minneapolis City Council members said they were ready and prepared to begin “the process of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department.”

And a week ago, on Monday, June 8, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker called the rally cry to defund police a poor use of words to describe what people really want. This Democratic governor suggested a reframing of the concept to better connect with the public.

So with all that said, I think I’ve made my point clear. I’m for peaceful protests, that’s your right! It’s not your right to burn, loot or destroy property, or beat or kill anyone.

I respect good cops and look up to them.

I dislike bad cops and believe they should be treated like the criminals they are.

I’ll close by saying no one should be judged by the color of their skin and no one should be judged by the uniform they wear.

Until next week.