The NYPD’s Solid Blue Line

Police are commonly referred to as the “Thin Blue Line” that separates civilization from barbarism. I look at them more as the solid blue line and you should too.  These men and women put on the uniform, clip on the badge, and strap on a gun and go out to do the job that few of us are willing to do.  And few people realize that they literally put their life on the line with every traffic stop, every robbery-in-progress call taken, every domestic dispute responded to, every day.

NYPD Sergeant’s Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins laid the blame for this outrage at the feet of Mayor de Blasio when he said, “The blood of these two officers is clearly on your hands.”

Now I’m really not much of a union guy. And I’m especially not a supporter of most civil service unions.  To layer AFSCME on top of a government job is quite frankly abusive.  But I make an exception for the police and fire unions. While there may be issues on which we disagree, no civil servants face as much physical and occupational danger as our jakes and firemen.  We need for them to know that the taxpayers they protect have their backs.

Bill DeBlasio (born Warren Wilhelm, Jr.—and what is it with these Communists hiding under assumed names?) is blaming—through a flack, of course—the SBA for “irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You CANNOT make this stuff up! Talk about psychological projection!  DO THESE PEOPLE EVER LISTEN TO THEMSELVES?  The only reasonable reply to a Leftist is what we learned on the 3d grade playground: “I know you are; what am I?”

Oh, and he’s also blaming the officers who turned their backs on him at the hospital. He’s lucky that they are honorable men and didn’t frag his sorry ass. More on that in a bit.

No one is more outraged than I by these hateful assassinations. Yes, assassinations. These good men and true were gunned down solely because they wore the badge.  That assassin didn’t see Hispanic or Chinese, he saw blue.

But calls for “gunning them all down” or “open season on hoodrats” are as vicious and vile as the hate carried by the assassins.  We are better than that.  As they prove day in and day out, the men and women who wear the badge are much better than that. They are showing us how to respond in an effective and law-abiding way.

I’m Irish.  For decades, the only jobs open to men of Irish descent were barman, priest, cop, fireman, utility worker, and, eventually, politician.  My father was Commissioner of 911 Services for our county in Upstate NY and has always been friends with many LEOs.  I myself have friends on the job and have known and been friendly with many more.  They’re just in the mix.

And I can tell you that every single cop I’ve ever known took their oath seriously.  They see their job as being part of the Thin Blue Line that holds back the darkness and makes their community safe for the law-abiding. Are there bad apples? Of course. Cops are human beings. Do some departments systematically infringe on the civil liberties of the citizens they swore to protect? Yeah, there probably are.  Are police and sheriff departments nationwide being both improperly tasked with revenue collection activities and over-militarized? In my opinion, and in the opinion of several cops I know, yes.  But now is not the time to hash out such issues. Now is the time to stand in solidarity with them.

Consider how their hands are increasingly tied.  We prohibit police from enquiring about the immigration status of a criminal suspect, but we’re tasking them with tax collection enforcement? THAT is the problem right there. THAT is the reason Eric Garner ultimately died: he was selling loosies and the regime cannot permit the non-payment of taxes. Funny how they were tasked with arresting Eric for a few pennies of sales taxes, yet Al Sharpton walks around in a $5,000 suit free as a bird despite owing over $4.5MM in income taxes!

People will say, “But I have freedom of speech!  Yes, you do, but you do not have freedom from the consequences of that speech. Nor is it unfettered.

The 1st Amendment rights to free speech, free assembly, and freedom to petition the government are incredibly rare and powerful protections against infringement of our God-given rights by a rapacious government.  However, there are limits to those rights. We cannot exercise them when there are greater societal concerns.  You can freely assemble to protest peacefully, but you need a permit to ensure that you do not endanger the public in doing so.  Likewise, you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre, as there is a compelling governmental interest in not permitting people to cause a panic where people might be injured or killed in a stampede for the exits. Which is why incitement to riot is a crime.  As is making a terroristic threat by calling for the death of the villains in this morality play (Obama, Holder, Cuomo, DeBlasio, and Sharpton).

Again, we’re better than that.

Written by: Timothy Shea

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