Monday, December 22, 2014

As a country we are so close to being FUBARed

I was going to continue the breakdown of our Disney vacation.  Really I was.  Then I started watching my Facebook feed in response to the 2 police officers that were gunned down in NY yesterday.  To say I'm disgusted with the response of some people is putting it extremely mildly.  Frankly I'm scared about the people that can say such horrible things in response to a human death.  I'm scared for the future of the country when so many people a) think like that and b) feel comfortable feeling that opinion publicly.

The idea that killing an Asian and a Hispanic cop will somehow make up for the deaths of Michael Brown or Eric Garner is completely uncomprehensible to me.  The idea of killing a police officer is something I can't even begin to make sense of in my head.  I get being upset with the government, police, and laws.  Really I do.  I completely get protesting in a way that is going to get your point across.  By the way violence never will.  I get movements in which people try to right what they perceive of as being wrong.  Actually I applaud it.  It is one of the things that makes this country incredible.  Having that simple right is a gift that so many will never be able to enjoy.

Where you lose me is when you start being violence or plain stupidity into it.  If you didn't read my post on Ferguson MO you can find it HERE.  I still stand by my main point in that post.  Police deserve respect.  Bottom line, end of story.  If you can't give them the respect they deserve then please go someplace where you can get along with the rules of the land.  Now I'm not going to say that there aren't bad cops out there.  There are.  There are also bad teachers, bad executives, bad nurses, bad yada yada yada.  The list goes on and on.  There is always some good with some bad.  You can't have perfection when you're dealing with human beings.  It isn't possible.  That said what I teach my daughter is that you always obey and respect the police.  You listen to and do what they say.  Even if you think it's not quite right.  If things go hinky it's better to have your butt in jail where Mama can come bail you out and then hire a lawyer to go after a bad cop then someplace where things can go very wrong very quickly.  Just listen to the cops. 

We live in a society that expects us to respect some things and laws need to be at the top of that list.  With that comes respecting the police and those who try to make sure everyone is upholding the laws.  Frankly in many ways it's a thankless job and the very least they deserve is to not have to constantly fight to uphold peace.  Please reread that last line because it's damn important.  If we didn't have police we would not have peace.  We would have total chaos.  So you might not like them but you need to respect them or get the heck outta dodge.

Living in this country is a choice.  One that many people take for granted.  You don't like the government?  You hate the police and the laws of the land?  Then why are you here?  Pick up a globe and spin that fucker until you find someplace else that suits your sensibilities.  Then don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya. 

This country isn't perfect.  My mom served on a jury several years ago for a murder case.  Black man killed a white man in a drug deal gone bad.  Guess what?  The prosecution didn't do their job and PROVE that the black guy committed the murder.  He walked.  Our justice system isn't perfect but it is what we have and must stand behind.   I've been damn outspoken about the current President and this administration.  I'm sure I'm on a watch list.  Fine. So be it.  I also know that even with the current fool in office there isn't anyplace else I'd rather live so I will respect the laws of the land and that includes those who uphold those laws. 

If you're wondering what got me so riled up today here are a few of the things I read:

 Really?  This is what kids are being exposed to at institutions of higher learning?  G-d help us all!  Moreover what is wrong with the staff at Brandeis that they are putting this young woman in a position of student leadership?!!?  Lastly, if you hate this racist country you have 2 choices.  One- try to POSITIVELY change things.  That doesn't not include finding joy in anyone's death or Two- LEAVE!

Really?  Mrs. Old Bae needs to figure out what racism is before spouting off against it.  Hats off to Brad Thor!  I've never read any of his books but after this I'm feeling an urge to hit my local Barnes and Noble!

Again I'll mention positive change or leave.  Bye bye!

I'm sure if you're a reasonable, rational human being that reading those 3 links left you shaking your head and pondering the state of our country.  Since I don't want to leave you on that note with such a bad taste in your mouth another Chicks on the Right share.  

Being a cop isn't easy.  Just ask any police officer or their wife/husband and family.  The least we can do is give them the basic respect they deserve and raise our children to do they same.  


Leigh said...

The lack of respect in this country for anything or anyone bodes very ill for all of us. It is indeed both a sorry and a scary state of affairs. I fear it will only get worse before it gets better.

Sarah said...

I agree with you. I look at some things that kids do now and know for a fact that I would have been beat black and blue if I did any of it. I think our country is going to go through a very dark period before we see anything that passes as a glimmer of light.