Hello, America. Welcome to The Glenn Beck Program and TheBlaze. I’m Buck Sexton. Just over a week ago, protesters marched the streets of New York chanting this:
[What do we want it? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.]
Just a few days later, two NYPD officers, police officers from the City of New York, were ambushed and brutally executed by a 28-year-old who acted on the sick, twisted calls for death, it seems. “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of hours….Let’s take 2 of theirs.” That’s what he wrote.
In most cases, protesters cannot reasonably be held liable for the actions of a crazed individual, but in this case, it appears the attacker, the assassin, did exactly what the protesters wanted someone to do. They were screaming out for someone to do this. So where’s the outrage? Where’s the universal condemnation? Where are the demands for justice?
If you recall, the left was up in arms after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. They blamed the Tea Party and Sarah Palin because there was a map that targeted political races, “targeted” political races. So it was on them that this complete lunatic shot Gabrielle Giffords. These guys, these protesters we were just talking about, they called for dead cops, and someone actually did it. Shouldn’t there be some sort of call for those who incited violence to be held accountable, at least in our discourse, at least in our debates over these issues?
People want to talk to me about how we should take this movement seriously. This movement for what, for police reform? How? In a sane world, there would be accountability for this. Yes, there would be, but instead of universal condemnation and calls for actual justice, we’re being told that the act, this murder, double murder, the act of one crazy gunman, that shouldn’t take our attention away from the cause. The movement is what matters, not the dead officers.
They haven’t even had their funerals yet, and there are so-called civil rights leaders and community organizers who are saying maybe we should take some time to think about how this will affect the movement. Oh, we don’t want any backlash against the movement. A movement for what? We’re told that we should focus on healing now. The president actually came out and said that we should have a dialogue. What does that mean? We should be addressing awareness…no thanks.
This country is fractured almost to the point of no repair. We’re on the verge of civil unrest and the kind of violence we haven’t seen since the 1960s. Anti-police sentiment has been simmering beneath the surface for a while, but it has been rising and getting hotter, and it could boil over at any moment. We’re on a powder keg right now, and if you want me to essentially ignore the people who are in the streets calling for the murder of innocent cops, I’m not going to just ignore this. I’m sorry, they’re the problem.
There are millions of people who don’t believe there is such a thing as innocent cops. This is a very big problem. This hatred for police is being stoked, and it’s being stoked every day. The police acted stupidly. It started with that, if you will recall, and then there was Occupy Wall Street where protesters insisted on calling cops pigs and saying that there was all this police brutality. I was there. I saw it. The police in New York acted admirably in a vast majority of cases when dealing with Occupy Wall Street, 99 out of 100.
In the wake of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, now the anti-police rhetoric has reached new lows. On Saturday night, following the shootings, Ferguson protesters took to the streets of St. Louis to taunt local cops. It’s not just a bunch of imbeciles running around in the streets screaming at those who protect us day and night. It’s actually coming, this anti-police venom, is coming from the highest offices in the land.
Americans are being left with the impression that cops are a bunch of raging maniacs who murder minorities for sports. Look, do cops make some bad calls sometimes? Yeah, of course they do. I’ve seen cops who made bad calls. I worked with cops. Are there bad cops? Yes, of course. They have a name for them, the cops. They call them perps in uniform.
Now, how to get rid of bad police behavior or police brutality is a conversation worthy of discussion—how to limit it really, because you will never get rid of it because people are imperfect. But what is not worthy of discussion is any talk that paints a broad picture of cops as just bad, inherently bad, bad in general bad.
These are men and women who put their lives on the line every single day. If a cop lets their guard down for even an instant during a routine traffic stop, it could be fatal. Every 911 call responded to, every request from dispatch, every disabled vehicle on the side of the road has the potential for violence. Officers never know when they are coming across someone so desperate to remain out of jail that they’re willing to shoot anyone who stands in the way of their freedom.
Most cops, the cops, are amazing people, and we should be proud of them. The term finest is not a stretch. When something goes wrong, when there is a threat, when things go bad, when people are running for cover, it’s cops who are running to the scene. I’ll say this to protesters who want to see dead cops, I will say this to anyone, when things go bad for you, guess what, they’re still going to show up. The cops are still going to show up and help, regardless of any disdain shown for them and no matter how big of a cowardly dirtbag some protester may be. That’s the kind of people the cops are.
For their willingness to do what they do, they deserve our respect, but you protesters filled with hatred, lies, and repulsive blood lust for vengeance, deserve neither our attention nor our respect. Anyone who marches alongside scum like this or in any way stands in solidarity with them should be condemned as well. The call to murder any group of human beings is beyond reprehensible. What’s lost in all of the mindless rhetoric is probably just that.
Police officers are people too. They are human. They are parents, siblings, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends. Ralph Ramos, one of the two officers killed this weekend, he leaves behind two sons. One of them, Jaden Ramos, recently posted this image on his Facebook wall for his dad’s 40th birthday with the caption, “Happy birthday to the best dad in the world, you are always there for me even when it’s almost impossible.
We have so many good times it’s not even funny, I love you so much. How does it feel to be 40? You’re getting old dad but you still look good. Hope you have the best birthday, you deserve it.” Jaden’s father was a man of faith who recently shared this image on Facebook, “My unknown future is in the hands of the all-knowing God.” The very day he was murdered, he was set to be officially commissioned as a lay chaplain. His family has said they’ve already forgiven the killer, and they don’t believe in vengeance. This was a good man taken far too soon.
So many people place a lot of trust in officers like Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, and that’s because they stand guard day and night to protect us. Now it’s time that we stand up for them.