So this is the time when I need a lot of input from the peanut gallery. There seems to be a huge disparity amongst the masses when it pertains to POTUS and fallen officers. Many law enforcement and civilians have been crying out that President Obama has said nothing in regards to the increase in police officers being shot, especially when they succumb to their injuries. No public statement.
I'm not even going to address those who speak out about the fact that he doesn't attend their funerals. I, for one, could not pick which funerals to attend if I was POTUS-all fallen LEO-or only those who are killed in the line of duty. Soldiers? Indeed. Should I attend all or just call? And is that even feasible? I would have to plan this out first thing on day one. Wait. I'm not even remotely interested in being the president.
Sure. He could call the families. Is it his duty or the governor's?
Then there are those, including several LEOs who think that it isn't customary for the president to address the concern, but it falls on the states. I really have mixed feelings. It might be too much to ask that he attend all the funerals, but what about addressing the nation?
But what some aren't recognizing is the shift in environment. Ever since President Obama made statements after Ferguson, the nation has spiraled into the abyss. Now I'm not saying he is the only one to blame. I am saying it was a catalyst. Division keeps going. In fact, I'm pretty sure we have now exceeded a big 'ol crack in that aspect.
It's Us versus Them. It's White versus Black. Don't mind all the other colors in there, just the two. It's The Law versus The Lawless. And you know what is scary? There are good law-abiding citizens protesting violently. There is division where there wasn't before. Are we living by a false narrative or are we dredging a ditch wider than needed be? Whiskey-tango-foxtrot!?!
What has been done to change any of this for the better? NOT. A. DAMN. THING.
Oh, wait. Police ambushes and attacks are on the rise. It's a weekly news event and becoming an old hat occurrence. Erg. That is NOT something we want to shout about. What? That's not a better change.
Sure LEOs now have to tip toe through their job. Just as before, they continue to weed out the bad apples. Bad apples are in every organization, agency, business, etc. with many employees. It's just a natural cycle, sadly. Cameras are now expected. That was going to happen anyway. It was a technological trend occurring before all this nonsense. Isn't it odd that they have mostly worked in LEOs' favor? Wait. Those were the inevitable.
What did we do as a nation? Do we hug our neighbors? Did we come together? Did I miss it?
Well, I sit here waiting for earth shattering changes. Meanwhile, I hope I don't get swallowed up by the crack.