There will come a point in this country when the men and women of the thin blue line will say "enough this isn't worth it" and if you are paying attention, you probably won't blame them. The voices and actions of a belligerent minority of citizens are silencing the rest of us who respect and value our law enforcement. I have heard many excuses as to why people don't get involved. "I am not political like you." "They know when they take that job the risk they take." "I don't really know what's going on, I don't watch the news." "My area is safe." The list goes on and on.
Ever seen The Purge? Ever heard of the Wild Wild West? Every read about a time when lawlessness ruled? Ever examined places like Mexico, where the criminals rule over the government? I suggest you have a look for yourselves.
We are headed in a direction that we will find difficult to recover from. When the criminals rule the streets, where will we be? What measures do you think it will take for lawmakers to bring law and order back? Do you want to be there for it? I don't.
These are real questions we need to ask because it is a matter of time before the officers who are mothers and fathers themselves say that it is not worth it to put their lives on the line for us. They have families too. They have husbands, wives, sons, and daughters, mothers, and fathers who love them just as much as we love our family members. Who will we have to blame when self preservation kicks in for the masses that protect us? Answer- Ourselves.
It is time for those of us who are law abiding, police supporters to stand up and be heard. We have to say ENOUGH! We have to learn to support those who protect us. How you ask? Well I am glad you asked? Here is a good list to start with.
1. Contact your law makers and demand that we start coming up with ways to make our streets safer.
2. Let your local media outlets know to stop glorifying the criminals (no matter what the crime)
3. Support your local police departments and demand that your local government does as well through appropriate funding of departments and proper pay and benefits for public safety.
4. Stop giving officers a hard time for doing their job. If you were speeding and they pull you over, Take your ticket with a good attitude. If your headlight is out and they pull you over, the correct response is. "Thank you officer I will get that fixed." After all it was you who were speeding or it is your headlight that is out.
(Do you know how many criminals have been taken off of the streets because of a traffic stop? In 2002, it was 453,606. So if my headlight is out, by all means please let me know and thank you for keeping me safe)
5. Say thank you as often and as in many different ways as you can. They are not your enemy. They are here to ensure that we maintain a strong, thriving society.
It is time we stand up and let these officers and their families know how much we appreciate them and need them.
Thank you for all you do.
The video is worth watching but does have some language. She is angry and you know what? So am I and you should be too.