When police are shot, America is the target

Over the weekend, the guy who had the table next to us said he thought we were headed towards another Civil War in this country.

I’ve read enough history to know the first Civil War was the absolute worst tragedy that ever befell this beautiful crazy nation.  Relatives killing relatives,the laying low and near destruction of this great and beautiful nation.

I see people wearing t-shirts advocating Texas Secession and I wonder why they hate America so much.

Our Revolution was most exceptional and our founders were incredibly wise and lucky.

Our Constitution is the model for any society that aims to protect the rights of individuals.

We have a mechanism for correcting those things that need correcting and that is the ballot box.  We have a governmental structure that protects us from an excessive mania of democracy where certain factions try to turn the ballot box into a tool for abusing minorities.

Our military and police forces are there to insure that individuals don’t try to do harm to others or harm our great nation.

From CNN:  http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/17/opinions/police-shot-america-is-target-cedric-alexander/index.html

By Cedric L. Alexander
Sun July 17, 2016

This morning, two Baton Rouge police officers and one East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At least three other officers were shot and wounded.

It’s still early in the investigation into this tragedy. But before we say that being a cop is a dangerous job; before we say that people are “understandably” angry following a series of officer-involved shootings; before any of that, we have to understand that when police are shot, America is the target.

Sir Robert Peel, who created the first “modern” police force in London in 1829, put it this way: “The police are the public and the public are the police.” The police are members of the community that they are sworn to protect and to serve. For most of us most of the time, the police are the government.

The police are the ones who actually deliver and guarantee the most essential benefits of a free and just government. It is “law officers” who, each and every day, actually deliver the protection promised by law. Freedom and justice? These are just aspirations, wishes, and promises until they are delivered, guaranteed and intact, to us.

A police officer is nothing more and nothing less than a member of our community who has voluntarily committed to make that delivery and guarantee it, if necessary, with his or her life.

So we need to breathe very deeply right now. We need to watch. We need to think. On Thursday, more than 80 people were killed—mowed down by a 20-ton truck—in Nice, France. On Friday and Saturday, Turkey nearly dissolved in a military coup, days after many were killed and injured in a terrorist attack on the Istanbul airport. Today, Baton Rouge in the United States of America was attacked.

Continue reading at:  http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/17/opinions/police-shot-america-is-target-cedric-alexander/index.html

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