COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., December 21, 2014—Ismaaiyl Brinsley of Baltimore vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. He shot two officers in broad daylight before running to a subway station and killing himself.
Today New York Mayor DiBlasio, Al Sharpton and others who have been fanning the flames of protest against police are now scrambling to get out of the way. It’s not working: police at the hospital where the two officers were taken turned their backs on the mayor when he showed up.
Good for them.
Where did the race-baiters and two-bit politicians think their encouragement of outrage and criticism of the police was going to lead?
Here’s the problem: at its core, our republic stands for ordered liberty. Freedom with rights the government may not take away—but within that freedom, a respect for the rule of law and a willingness to live within the broad confines of the social contract.
Peaceful protest is within the rules; chanting “We want dead cops” as New Yorkers did last week, goes beyond the pale. When someone like Brinsley comes along to grant them their wish, they should not be surprised. In fact, they are complicit.
The deaths of two black men at the hands of police is a tragedy. Indeed, the death of any citizen at the hands of law enforcement is equally a tragedy. That’s why we have police procedure. It protects the citizen as well as the policeman. That’s also why we have grand juries. These citizens hear all the evidence. The rest of us get only what a biased press wants us to hear.
When the grand juries don’t come to the pre-ordained conclusion, the race-baiters and two-bit politicians attack the grand jury system. Whether they know it or not, they’re attacking the foundations of the system they’re sworn to uphold.
Why did New York police accost Eric Garner in the first place? Greedy for tax revenue, DiBlasio and the city council had placed such high taxes on cigarettes that people like Garner were selling them as singles on the street. Can’t have citizens avoiding taxes! Police were ordered to hassle people like Garner, something they might otherwise overlook as being low on the scale of crime.
It’s no wonder the police feel they’ve been thrown under the bus. They have been.
The New York police have said the mayor has blood on his hands. He does. So does Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Barack and Michelle Obama and all the other so-called leaders who see everything through a racist filter.
Black lives matter. So do police lives. So do all of our lives. This is the Christmas season, when we will soon celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, who came to earth precisely because each of us matters. His message of peace, love and forgiveness of sin is the one we should listen to.
Ignore the preachers of hate, those who dwell on past wrongs. They’ve missed the Christmas message. They’re trying to take us down a very dark path indeed.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8