In American, our police historically have been independent of federal control and responsible to the communities they protect and serve. But if they are nationalized, they will be accountable to the federal government and their mission will be to enforce federal dictates.
“Our police are among the foremost guardians of freedom and thus a major target of the Communists. The better the force, the greater its efficiency, the higher its competence in preserving the peace, the more vital it is for the Communists to destroy it.” Those words — part of the Congressional Record and later published as a pamphlet entitled “A Communist Plot Against the Free World Police” — were spoken in a hearing before a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on June 13, 1961.
They are as true today as they were then. In fact, events over the past almost 57 years — and in particular, over the last few years — show just how true they are. Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and their departments all across America are finding themselves under increasing attack as the “War on Police” continues and escalates.
In the wake of Ferguson, police have become the target of one radical group after another, from the various and sundry groups under the Black Lives Matter (BLM) umbrella to Antifa and more. The message — no matter the group spouting it — is the same: Police are out of control, are racist, are in need of being reigned in, and must be resisted (or outright attacked).
Already this year, 55 officers have died in the line of duty. That is an average of nearly three per week.
Besides the officers who make the ultimate sacrifice, there are countless numbers of these brave men and women who put on the uniform every day and make millions of smaller — but just as meaningful — sacrifices day after day. They work in departments that are understaffed, ill-equipped, and hamstrung by politically-correct policies that fail to take into account the real-world scenarios these officers face in their work-a-day world.
They face a public that is increasingly less supportive — if not actually antagonistic — of police. They face the very real threat of finding themselves in a situation where life and death decisions have to be made in fractions of a second. Making a mistake one way could wind them up in the morgue. Making a mistake the other way could make them both the subject of the next viral YouTube video and a criminal investigation.
Against that backdrop, they still suit up, clock in, and work “To Serve and Protect.” And once a year, America honors them with National Police Week. According to the official website:
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, National Police Week is May 13-19, and now that it has come to a close, perhaps it would be well to illuminate what is perhaps the greatest attack on police. While the myriad celebrations, memorials, and other events did address — at least to some degree — the threats mentioned above, and President Trump praised the brave men and women who wear the uniform and face those threats, what was ignored is that those threats are just the surface.
The real threat is what those threats are designed to accomplish, namely the nationalization of local police under the control of Washington. The tactics of the well-organized, well-funded (I’m looking at you George Soros), media-assisted “War on Police” are clever. First, nearly every officer-involved shooting of a black man is cast as evidence of police racism and violence — even (and almost especially) when the black man in question is a dangerous criminal in the act of committing a violent crime. This is done while completely ignoring the salient fact that black men take each other’s lives at a rate 40 times higher than all officer-involved deaths of black men. While it helps the narrative if the race card can be played, the liberal mainstream media still bend over backward to promote the narrative by pushing anti-police YouTube videos of police encounters into the viral category by giving them coverage disproportionate to their importance.
Then, once local police are sufficiently demonized, cast as corrupt, and accused of covering up their own crimes, the feds are called in to investigate — even when the appropriate state agencies are perfectly capable of doing so.
The end result is usually an ugly combination of escalated violence against police officers and calls for nationalizing local police. In fact, the move to nationalize local police is so subtle, so crafty, so invasive and pervasive, that is is happening behind the scenes with many departments assisting it, without perhaps even realizing it.