For the past few weeks, I have enjoyed and appreciated the good wishes from others …
Happy New Year
Most of those well wishes arrived at the conclusion of various conversations and interactions I have had with other people in my life. Just yesterday, as I finished paying for the groceries, the cashier had a broad smile and said, “Happy New Year,” as we departed.
I extended my wishes to her for the same.
As I made my way to the car, I thought about how nice it was to have her take a moment and extend good wishes to me and my family. I want so badly for 2021 to be better than its predecessor.
The conclusion of 2020 was unlike any other year’s end that I can remember off the top of my head. OK, so my memory isn’t what it used to be. <wink>
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
As the holiday season approached, I began thinking about what kind of message CopBlue should extend to its readers, i.e. our Brothers & Sisters in Blue. Of course, there is always the simple, “Happy New Year” greeting card kind of thing and then, just let it be.
No, that’s not going to cut it this year. As I reflect back on 2020, I recall that at the outset, it had the opportunity to be a ‘marker’ kind of year. You know, what that’s remembered for some really great, outstanding event. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way.
Sadly, this year we are talking about death. Deaths caused by the Wuhan virus (a/k/a COVID-19). The total showing today is 346,000 people have died from that one. No question, that’s a lot of people dying.
Perspective. Our survival depends on maintaining perspective and keeping things in context.
While 346,000 is a huge number, it’s about one quarter as many as have died from heart disease and cancer, combined: 1,246,000.
Not just last year, or one year. Every Year.
Did any bars or restaurants in your area close because of these two diseases? Was the economy shut down in your state due to these illnesses? I suspect not.
MORE IMPORTANT: Did any self-appointed Gods of Government boldly take away your fundamental rights spouting the word, ‘EMERGENCY’ as their authority to take them?
Again, the answer is NO.
I carefully reviewed the Constitution, looking for the definition of EMERGENCY. Not there. I combed through our Founding documents to find where the elected officials are given the authority to suspend the God-given rights which are listed in the Bill of Rights. Couldn’t find that, either.
So, let’s review 2020 again, shall we …
We saw a horrible virus foisted upon our nation by a recognized national adversary. To date, tens of thousands have perished from its infection.
A huge part of our economy has been destroyed.
The life’s work of a large number of people was wiped-out.
Our 244 year old process of adopting laws has been tossed on the trash pile of history while numerous ‘wunderkinds’ across the land have been empowered to make rules and jail those who refuse to quietly comply.
Too many members of our law enforcement community have been killed, disrespected, injured or driven out of the profession by those who hate us and our way of life.
I think that about covers it. If I left any out, please let me know.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO NOW …
It’s time for a New Year’s resolution: we will not let this disease or these maniacal people steal our way of life, our Constitution or our history. We will reaffirm the words of the oath we took when we became part of the Brotherhood.
We will do everything within our power to return America to the Founders’ vision. We will remain faithful to our Country and to each other.
Finally, we will honor our past. In 2020, our Brotherhood lost:
Line of Duty Deaths 303
Officer Suicides 172
In closing, I want to share a message that was sent by the Portland Police Association that is relevant to every person who has ever worn the badge in defense of others. It concludes with a video which honors every cop we lost last year.
PORTLAND, OR: The members of the Portland Police Association (PPA) and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Honor Guard believe it is a privilege and honor to attend the funerals of our brothers and sisters across the nation who have died in the line of duty. With all that is happening in the world, our Honor Guard has been unable to personally attend memorials and funerals this year.
“The Portland Police Bureau stands with you, your agency, and your families. Those who have given their all may be gone but will never be forgotten,” said PPB Commander Erica Hurley. “This video is just a small token of our appreciation for your dedication and sacrifice.”
PPB Chaplain Steve Chadwick said, “As we look back, we remember those who were faced with moments where they didn’t have a choice, they fought, and they lost their lives for freedom. They stood for courage, for righteousness, and for goodness. We remember the brothers and sisters who stood in the way of harm. We remember that they used the time given them on this earth for good. And we thank God for them.”
“I’m thankful that we could come together and create this tribute to those we’ve lost in 2020. Honoring their sacrifice is a reminder that they were real people, not just the symbol of a badge—their families are left behind to carry on and find meaning in their tragedy,” said PPB Officer Stephanie Hudson, Honor Guard member.
“Policing and law enforcement, it’s a calling. Officers love their communities, that love is evident in the fact that they continue to go out every day and serve with excellence. This year has tested our grit and resilience like never before,” said Brian Hunzeker, PPA President. “Today we look back in remembrance with reverence and gratitude for those who gave their lives, and we look forward to the new year with hope as our profession continues to evolve to meet the needs of our communities.”
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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