Monday, December 22, 2014
Our View: Dorchester Supports Our Law Enforcement Personnel
While police officers in New York City and the rest of the nation are on guard for their personal safety -- targeted by radical activists, outlaws and a national news media with no scruples -- the residents of Dorchester and Saline County overwhelmingly support our local law enforcement.
We especially appreciate the Saline County Sheriff's Office, located in Wilber.
We admit it: we're scratching our heads in confusion as protesters in large cities, egged on by a sympathetic press corps, are given media coverage for antics that have little factual reasoning behind them. Most of us "rural folk" shake our heads as America's TV stations, newspapers and Internet outlets are obsessed with stories demonstrations against law enforcement -- the thin blue line between a law abiding society and anarchy in most large cities. (UPDATE: See video of crackpot protesters calling for "dead cops.")
Let us say this about the protesters: This is a collection of malcontents who are at best confused and ignorant, or at worst bent on lawlessness. Some have criminal records. Others are parents who have allowed (or are allowing) their children to become criminals. Still others are softy socialists born with silver spoons and have become brainwashed by anti-police hyperbole (and most of whom have never been to a truly bad part of urban America and would not survive long if they did.).
A few years ago, the professional crybabies were busy with Occupy Wall Street. Now it's a war on America's police officers.
We don't know how it happened, but our great nation is being influenced by some very bad actors who thrive on division, dogma and drama. Some of these activists are elected or appointed politicians. Some are news reporters. Some are lawyers. Others work in our kids' K-12 or university classrooms. They are far from a majority -- but they're working hard to become one.
In rural America, we watch all of this drama unfold from afar. We all know there will be repercussions suffered by the agitators and innocent, alike.
Let's take a moment before Christmas to salute our Saline County law enforcement professionals who are first responders at emergencies, accidents and crime scenes. They're the reason you can sleep soundly at night.
The next time you see one of our law enforcement officers, say "thank you." Tell them you appreciate all they do. And tell them you support their efforts to keep us safe from those who would do us harm if not for law enforcement's presence.