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.


  1. County commissioners would be wise to give them a pay raise.

  2. Well said! The reactions of these protestors truly are difficult to understand. When the police are killing people in the street, it just means they are doing their job, right?

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  4. Your comments are well spoken and to the point. It is a sad commentary when our nation's leaders can run willy-nilly to the microphone to deplore violence against "persons of color" by the militaristic police forces oppressing them and denying them opportunities. It is even sadder when those same leaders tell the National Guard to "stand down" and not inflame the situation, while those "people of color" are looting stores and burning down their neighborhoods. The current administration in Washington does have an agenda and that agenda is to make us all distrustful of one another, based on skin color, economic situation, or national origin. They have disregarded our laws, trampled on our Constitution, and systematically dismantled our health care system. They pass legislation containing thousands of pages, without reading any of it and tell us that once they are laws we can find out what is contained in them. The President was elected on a platform of "hope and change", with lofty promises that everything would be better and there would be harmony throughout the land. All of the changes seem to be detrimental to the idea that this country can be all things to all people. Our hope seems to be fading fast as we become more afraid of what is happening to this wonderful country. There are some who might say that my anger toward the President and his administration is because he is black and I am a bitter old racist Republican. That could not be further from the truth. I judge President Obama and those he has empowered to try and change this fine country for the worse; not by the color of their skin, but instead by the content of their character. That content is sadly lacking in virtually every single one of them. We need to become mindful of those we elect to represent us, especially at the national level. Pay attention to pending legislation and let your representatives (both House and Senate) know you are watching and will not stand for this last minute passage of massive legislation, containing Lord know what. We are a technological society, with almost instantaneous communication to virtually anyone. Let them know who you are and that you are tired of their "slacking off". If each eligible voter actually voted and each voter wrote one letter to his Congressman and both Senators, they would soon see that the real power in this country does belong to the people and they might start treating their jobs as work, not a holy calling to lead us out of the wilderness. Sorry, I did not mean to climb this high up on the soapbox, but once I started the words kept coming. Closing on a happier note, I will leave you with a phrase from my old friend Clement Moore:

    And laying his finger aside of his nose,
    And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
    He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
    And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
    But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
    “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

  5. The difference between those of us who condemn the protesters and those who turn a blind eye is that the former recognize there is evil in the world. The latter is either too ignorant or too indifferent and would rather watch who's dancing with the stars or playing in this week's football game. They will think differently when the evil comes to visit their family in some form or fashion as it surely will.

  6. Someone has a gifted pen. Well written.


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