July 18, 2016

For Whom the Bell Tolls: American Law Enforcement

President can’t un-ring a bell

Seems that President Obama has been busy trying to un-ring a bell he’s been ringing with enthusiasm since his first day in office. However, he’s finding out that you can’t un-ring a bell—even a political bell. The bell I’m talking about is the one chiming a condemnation of American law enforcement. The clamor began early in his presidency when he divined without any investigation that the Cambridge police officers investigating a burglary acted “stupidly.” Other examples of his apparent dislike of the police are myriad and well known.


The “Hands up, don’t shoot,” myth

President Obama knows that the Ferguson trope, “hands up, don’t shoot,” never happened. He knows because his own Department of Justice (DOJ) under his fellow cop-hater, former Attorney General Eric Holder, told him it never happened—following an overwhelmingly thorough investigation.


President Obama fails to set the record straight

So, anyone think it might have been helpful in quelling the social animus against the police, which is bolstered by such myths, if he’d personally announced that “hands up, don’t shoot” was a lie? Instead, Obama has tacitly supported the lie, first, by failing to denounce it, and second, by inviting the group primarily responsible for spreading this myth, Black Lives Matter, to the White House.


Bestowing presidential legitimacy

Our president has bestowed a vicarious legitimacy on cop-haters, including those who have chosen to act out violently. The president doesn’t even have to be overt; his lack of support for the police is obvious from his past actions and comments: He said, if he’d had a son, he’d have looked like Treyvon (Martin), anti-police, race activist Al Sharpton has repeatedly visited Obama at the White House, Obama restored relations with communist Cuba without an agreement to take custody of a cop-killer who’s enjoyed sanctuary in Cuba for decades, and he nominated to head the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ an attorney a man who voluntarily took the case of a notorious cop-killer. Most recently, the president spoke negatively about American cops while on a visit to Poland.


According to Obama, a rainbow doesn’t include a blue hue

There are so many other examples of his animosity toward police officers. However, one of the most poignant anti-police displays, after having bathed the White House in rainbow colors following the Supreme Court decision establishing recognition of gay marriage, was his recent refusal to light the White House in blue, following the massacre of five Dallas police officers. I’m not saying the rainbow display should not have occurred, but what could possibly be the president’s resistance to such a “uniting” gesture between cops and their communities?


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