It was October, 2016 when CopBlue first appeared on the law enforcement horizon. It was with this article that it was launched. It turned a dream into reality. The timing was opportune: the country was in the midst one of our citizens’ toughest decisions: electing a President.
Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump. Remember?
We listened to all kinds of accusations from the Clintons about the horrible, unethical things Trump was doing to win the election. Four years later, we are learning that the dirty tricks of Clinton’s accusations were very accurate. Except: SHE was the one committing them. I suppose that’s why she understood them so well.
Now, here we are, again.
Some of the names have changed. But, the power behind each candidate has not. And, the American people must choose again. May God guide each one of us as we make our choice. Remember that every vote for every office is important. Collectively the people we elect will lead America to greatness or failure.
FOUR YEARS LATER, IT’S 2020
It still happens. Even today. I want some advice from someone who always seems to have the right answer. Maybe more important: someone who loves me unconditionally – no matter what rotten thing I might say or do. WHO could that be? WHO would never walk away? Take a look at the picture at the top. It’s my Dad, Doug (on the left) with his brother, Frank.
Story has it that the picture above was taken professionally, under protest, at the behest of Grandma Donahue. Her two ‘boys’ had just returned from fighting for our country. They waged war through the Battle of the Bulge in Germany.
They made it.
Unfortunately, too many of their buddies, whom they loved and on whom they depended, didn’t return home. Dad landed in Normandy on D-day +4.
I was lucky; my Dad was part of my life until I was over fifty years old with a wife and kids of my own. As my son was attaining adulthood, I remember counselling him after a gym workout one day. He listened with some surprise that I would STILL find need to call upon my Dad’s wisdom and insight.
Did I always think he was so smart? Nope. Ah, those teenage years when I was certain that I already knew EVERYTHING. “How could Dad be so dumb?” I would think following an occasional argument. It was amazing that after I got married and had kids, just how much smarter Dad had become. I have since realized that Dad is (without question) the smartest man I ever knew. And, he gets smarter every day.
Dad was a patriot through-and-through. He steadfastly stood for the virtues: honesty, diligence, loyalty, love-of country, and most of all: a love for his family that was so immense and so intense that it defies description.
To the day he died, he never had much use for Germany or Japan, nor its citizenry. Attacking his country was an action he simply couldn’t bring himself to forgive. And, he didn’t.
He didn’t talk much about the War. As I got older and became a cop, I came to understand why: it was painful; talking about it was like re-living it. For many years, he went to annual reunions of his Army unit (Second Armored) and spend time with others.
I now realize that what I saw in their eyes when they met was a love for one another which comes only in extreme situations when your life has depended on another.
Dad’s advice differed in style from Mom’s. He would always recommend a course of action that was morally sound, honest, and considerate of others. He could somehow unfailingly know its future impact. The easy way out just didn’t make it with him. I recall him saying how important it is for a man to have a clear conscience because, “You must look at yourself in the mirror every day when you shave. It’s important that you like what you see.”
I would like to talk with him now. Our world seems upside-down. It is my duty to participate in choosing a new leader for our Country. It’s the same Country that my Dad loved and spent four years defending. There are many other official positions to fill, as well. These decisions are tough.
It seems that now – more than ever – our Country is at a fork in the road, each path takes us to very different destinations. My decision must not be made lightly. I wish Dad was just a phone call away. Dad would know – with certainty – which path to follow.
Then, it occurred to me: Dad gave me the same tools that he used to make decisions. He taught me values. No, not on how to be politically correct. Dad was anything but that.
He taught me how to size-up a situation and come to the RIGHT conclusion. It may not be popular. It likely won’t be easy, either. But, it will be the choice my Dad, Grandfather and those before them would make.
- Which candidate is most honest?
- Which candidate puts the needs of their fellow man ahead of their own?
- When no one is looking, which candidate will probably do the right thing? (i.e. ethical)
- Based on what you sense each candidate wants to accomplish, which one is most likely to take you and your family to a country where you want to live?
- Which candidate treats those who work for them (the ‘little’ people) with respect and is sensitive to their needs?
- Which candidate would you trust to take care of your children?
- Which candidate would you most want as a next-door neighbor?
- Which candidate loves our Country more than they love them self?
Thanks, Dad. I knew that if I thought how a conversation with you might go, you would provide solid advice.
I love you, Dad.
Your son, Jim.
The past four years have taught me many lessons. Some of them I never wanted to learn. Now, I must apply what I have learned if I am to be a responsible citizen.
Candidates and parties will lie without hesitation when trying to get elected. In 2016, the Democrats tried to make a mountain of Trump’s hesitation to blindly accept the election, without reservation. Yet, it was the Democrats who have done unimaginable things every day since the election to overturn its results.
Liars typically give themselves away. Their statements and positions on important issues shift constantly. They change depending on the group they are talking to.
Yes, honest people change their mind on issues, too. Like Trump and abortion. But, once changed, it stays; it does not flip-flop back-and-forth. And almost always, the change comes with an explanation of why.
If you examine an honest person’s words and compare their words to their actions, they typically ‘line-up’. With liars – not so much. I’m guessing the liars think we have short memories and don’t recall what they did or said yesterday.
We couldn’t have fully grasped what many of the Democrats said at the conclusion of Trump’s inauguration, “Let the impeachment process begin.”
Those words and the actions which followed tells us all we need to know about how those people disrespected the vote of the American people.
CopBlue will offer an official endorsement, shortly. I don’t believe anyone who is part of the CopBlue family will be surprised.
Here are just a few of the things that will be considered as that first-time endorsement is made. Between Biden and Trump:
- Which one of them joined us each of the past four years in mourning our dead during Police Week?
- Which one held elected office for eight years and did not show up even once to support us at Police Week?
- Which one supports us cops with both his words and his deeds?
- Which candidate supports defunding or a redirection of police budgets?
- Which candidate has been endorsed by nearly EVERY major law enforcement organization and/or union in the country?
- Which candidate has been endorsed by NONE of the recognized law enforcement groups in the U.S.?
- Which candidate acts as though he loves every single one of us?
- Which candidate wouldn’t give a cop the time of day?
I think you have the answer. It wasn’t so tough a decision, after all.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
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To our BROTHERS and SISTERS in BLUE: We have now arrived at the time in the ELECTION SEASON when each of us MUST pay close attention to what candidates are saying. Every person we elect in November can affect our lives as cops. Will we THRIVE, just get by or will we DIE?
- Consider the disaster created in New York by Mayor Bill DiBlasio.
- Look at the number of cops who have been critically injured by the Portland District Attorney, Mike Schmidt.
- We cannot ignore how cops have been blamed for the problems in places like Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Baltimore and other cities where civilization has damned near crumbled.
- Don’t think that school boards are immune. Last Saturday, Steven Lysenko of Spencerport High School, went on a tirade against police officers for targeting protesters in Rochester by yelling, “Fuck the Police!”
- Last, but most important, is the top job: the Presidency. Electing Joe Biden would have a horribly deep, permanent and (in some cases) fatal effect on every cop in the nation.
EVERY ONE OF US MUST PAY ATTENTION AND GET INVOLVED.
OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT.
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