Pulling A Gun On A Police Officer Ends All Discussion

Revolver Pistol Weapon-ID10261-1280x857A few years back one of my children lost a son to cancer when he was a tender two and a half years old. The grief is unimaginable. My own grief was over the top in every respect. I feel bad for anyone that loses a child by any means. As parents, most of us put our hearts and souls into raising our children. If they come to an early demise, it is a tragedy. The circumstances of their death don’t alter that. All of the hopes and dreams we had for them end in a moment. It’s emotionally unworkable in every way. There is almost always a sense of guilt on the parents part. What did I do wrong? What did I not do right? This is normal to question oneself.

I have to admit that I do have issues with the parents of some of these young adults that prematurely meet their maker because of really stupid choices. When anyone pulls a weapon on a police officer, any potential discussion of their complaint ends. At that point it is the officers decision on how to deal with the real life threat that the young adult has now chosen to present. In almost all cases, the officer’s instinct of self preservation takes over and the young adult posing the mortal threat dies. When police are in a crisis their training takes over. They are trained to eliminate mortal threats to themselves and the public.

We can all jump to conclusions about the motivation of the killing based on the skin color of the victim if we want to but we’ll probably be wrong. We say the young man was the victim of a police shooting. At what point do we start to acknowledge that he was the victim of a really bad choice? Whether you call it bad, stupid, or dumb doesn’t matter. What matters is why does the behavior of the person shot, never come up for discussion?

By now everyone has heard about the Milwaukee Policeman who shot a young black suspect dead in the last couple of weeks. Before they even knew that the police officer that shot him was black, the community started rioting! Blacks in the community were video taped searching for white people to beat. They basically burned their own community! This is backward thinking! Burn your own community? Children are watching adults do incredibly stupid things to others, acting as if there isn’t a real consequence coming. Is it any wonder that some young people don’t understand the connection between bad choices and permanent consequence? Natural consequences teach not only the ones who broke the law, but also those who watched it all happen.

While I’m on the subject, politicians need to change their approach as well. There is such a thing as acting irresponsibly, and I think we have seen it in our president. Taking public positions on cases that have not made it to trial and encouraging prosecution of the police before all of the facts of a case have been determined is inappropriate and akin to throwing verbal matches into a racially incendiary situation.

All races need to teach our children the dynamics of natural consequences. It is not a parents job to be their child’s “friend.” It’s their job to be their parent, and that means to love and discipline them as they need it. Teach them that they are too valuable to treat themselves so poorly; that threatening a police officer is stupid. Teach them to wisely live, so they can fight for justice another day! Teach them that pulling a gun on a police officer ends their chance to change the system they disagree with. Racism is real and does happen, but it is not responsible for people making mortally stupid choices. 




Is The Devil In The Details?

 

Red Domed Capital_edited-1for fbI’ve heard it said that we are better off with the devil we know than the devil we don’t. Of course, I’m thinking in terms of the presidential race. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have a crystal clear record of being on both sides of so many issues that I’ve lost track. Because of the volumes of videos on the internet showing them both taking both sides of almost every issue, to those who have taken the time to view these videos, it’s clear that all we know about them is that we don’t really know them at all. By virtue of the shear volume of air time given to each, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are much better known than the others running. The mainstream media have largely ignored all others. In a world where technology is so advanced that we can whiz a video of an event around the world seconds after it happens, one can only conclude that our media is limiting our choices by limiting the amount of coverage we get of all the other candidates.




Are we really better off with who we know best when our media is trying to control who we know best? Another pertinent question is, do we really want to know them? Lets not forget that we live in a divorce filled world where the common complaint after divorce is, “I thought I knew her well” (or him). We all seem to see what we want to see.

I stopped yesterday for a cold pop at a local restaurant. It was sweltering hot out and a perfect time to duck in out of the heat. I was discussing politics with a woman when it became clear to me that she was not happy with her choices. She said she couldn’t vote for any of the third party candidates since they couldn’t win. She said that she couldn’t vote for Donald Trump either, but also thinks that Hillary is a crook. The next thing out of her mouth just stunned me. She said, “Well, maybe she will “crook” for us! It could be to our benefit.”

I tried wrapping my head around that comment, to no avail. This woman is not an isolated case. If you just want someone to steal for you, I can’t help you. Talk to your parents because they failed you miserably. If you feel like a captive because you can’t fathom voting for someone who not is polling ahead, then go get some counseling. Sometimes those who feel like a loser vote for those who are ahead so they can vicariously become a winner. That can be fixed.

There are a whole host of candidates from other parties out there. None of them have a chance of winning if all of us think only two people are running. Winning is not everything. I need to be able to look the guy in the mirror right in the eyes and like him. That means I need to vote my conscience.

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America is an heirloom passed onto us by our ancestors. Do we want someone to take a remodeler’s saw to our constitution before we pass it on to our kids and grand kids? When Mrs. Powell asked Benjamin Franklin, “What have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” He said, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Is the devil in the details? It sure seems so. Maybe this year the devil will be working the voting booths!

We are being spoon fed the very poison that will lead to the demise of our kids and grand kids. It’s time to rise from our stupor! Caring is a lot of hard work. Lets care enough to break a sweat and get to know all of the candidates. Lets not be afraid to vote for candidates just because they haven’t polled well yet. For the Uber idealists out there; there is no perfect candidate. Find the one that most closely represents you and vote. Then go wake up your family and friends and get them to vote too. Share this blog!