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.

About Tom Roland

Tom Roland is my pen name for this blog. With that in mind... EE for 35 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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4 Responses to Lines

  1. You did your research and put together a well thought out article here Tom. Bravo on this one. You make all conservatives proud with the thought invoking words you have written here and found written. Well done.

  2. Tom Roland says:

    Thank you, Robert. I had to make the last post of the year good.

    Have a Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year to you too, but I just added another post.

  4. Tom Roland says:

    No problems – this was my last post of the year. By all means, post away!!

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