DALLAS – A HEART BREAKING TRAGEDY
It is mind boggling to me to see our country falling apart at the seams. My heart aches for the families of the slain Dallas police officers, killed in the line of duty, attempting to protect a group of dissidents expressing their first amendment rights. I do not agree with the apparent reason for this protest, but that does not preclude their right to do so. But what are the consequences of such a tragic event?
25 years ago, having proudly worn my blues and badge for ten years, losing a fellow officer while on duty, no matter where he or she lives, brings not only sadness, but instills anger, frustration and a greater barrier between the officers and the people they have sworn to protect and serve.
Sometimes people forget that cops are people too. They have families and friends; their jobs are stressful, usually thankless and more dangerous than ever. What other professions besides law enforcement, firemen or soldiers on the front lines, that when you put on your uniform to go to work you can’t help but wonder if you will survive the day? Unfortunately, when someone you work alongside of, often a friend, is gunned down while trying to preserve law and order, tempers flare, adrenaline is pumping, and common sense often flies out of the window. Five police officers were mercilessly killed, while others were wounded, and there was no way someone was not going to “pay the price.”
For those who have never been in a cop’s shoes, it is easy to be an arm-chair quarterback after a tragic event like this happens. The shooter made a choice when he killed those officers and difficult command decisions had to be made and were made in order to keep more officers as well as citizens from potentially being killed as well.
I was lucky enough that I never had to pull the trigger of my duty weapon, but there were two instances that came close. Those moments are very tense, and I prayed that with my gun drawn and safety off that I would not have to pull the trigger. I also knew that if I had to make that choice, I was trained to kill; not wound, not fire a warning shot, but to make that life and death decision in a micro-second if need be.
Is it any wonder that the chasm dividing our nation is growing ever larger, fueled by a federal administration where the president adds fuel to the fire with his executive orders, disdain for our U.S. Constitution, and disparages the characters and actions of police officers, making a tough job even tougher? One does not need to be a genius to figure out why Obama wants to militarize our police forces.
As he pits law enforcement against We the People, this will further divide America… racially, emotionally, philosophically, culturally and every other way he possibly can. But, don’t forget, he did tell us eight years ago that he was going to “fundamentally transform” America. Well, he is well on his way in doing so and rest assured, he is not done. It should be obvious to anyone who does not have their head buried in the sand, that his end goal is the destruction of what was once the greatest nation on earth.
Obama’s actions speak louder than his words. When a power hungry narcissist has an agenda and he doesn’t care who suffers in order for him to complete his plans, then where does all this end? As president he uses every shooting incident as a diatribe for gun control. If We the People are disarmed, we have no way to protect ourselves from tyranny imposed on us by our own government.
When a president brings would be ISIS terrorists into our country, what else would one expect other than death and destruction at the hands of a culture that wants to kill us infidels who are Christians? He tramples the US Constitution as if it is a worthless piece of paper, unless it otherwise serves his purpose. And what does our US Congress do to stop the travesties of justice occurring in our country? Not a darn thing.
There is a lot of talk about the declaration of Martial Law by Obama. Since it is obvious that this man does not do anything unless it serves a purpose, how would Martial Law affect us as Americans? Martial Law means the suspension of civil law, civil rights and habeas corpus. Habeas corpus is the legal procedure that keeps the government from holding us indefinitely without showing cause. Curfews would be imposed and military law or military justice would be applied to everyday Americans. Civilians defying Martial Law could be subjected to a military tribunal, otherwise known as a court-martial. Since civil law would be suspended, so would our election process. Obama would become the dictator which he obviously desires to become.
It breaks my heart to think that this is just the beginning of more bloodshed in the future of our country. America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, and a beacon of shining light for other nations to emulate. My husband and I have five adult children, ten grandchildren and two great granddaughters, both less than two years old. What will their futures be like and what will befall their destinies? We must all evaluate our own values and principles to live by and determine what sacrifices we will be willing to make to keep liberty and freedom alive, not just for ourselves, but for our upcoming generations.
We were blessed when we found our way to the American Redoubt almost 20 years ago and we will never take our lifestyle for granted. The Americans are coming. We may be just one couple in our 60’s, but we are two of the Americans coming. We know what our line in the sand is. Do you?
Please keep the families of the slain officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in your prayers and to keep those that continue to serve the public safe and out of harm’s way.
Below is a youtube video regarding the Dallas shooting and potential upcoming consequences we should all be aware of.