Most political rhetoric is about jargons, slogans and catch phrases. However, even if it involves killing people, it is rare for those who get caught up in the fervor and zealotry of a political cause or philosophy, to actually take the time to realistically examine the logic or real world implications of what they are espousing. As a result, history is replete with numerous examples of the often tragic consequences of failure to think things through.
America is currently in the midst of just such an episode regarding the controversial issues of terrorism and police violence. According to liberals, when it comes to terrorism, we are wrongly stigmatizing the millions of peaceful Muslims because of the misdeeds of a few radical zealots.
On the other hand, conservatives insist that war has been declared on all cops. They insist we are unfairly ignoring all the wonderful things the thousands of good cops do every day, because of the misdeeds of a so called, few bad apples.
That perspective has now divided the nation into two hostile, polarized camps: those who agree and those who disagree with that opinion. In today’s world, any discussion about developing ways to prevent terrorism or to identify potential terrorists, immediately brings out the aggressive, very vocal, ever-present, muslim apologists who quickly label any such activity as being anti-muslim or islamophobic.
On the other side, the ever-present, staunchly vigilant cop defenders are equally zealous, vocal and aggressive in their campaign to defend cops at all costs. They will quickly brand any person who dares criticize or even mention police violence, as being anti-police or guilty of further fueling what they consider to be a war on police.
So, how has this philosophy played out in real life? What have been some of the real world consequences? Regarding the terrorist issue, the most famous example is the failure of anybody to speak up about any of the nineteen 9/11 pilots who trained on U.S. soil and boarded all those planes in front of security, unmolested. Why? Because people were afraid of being labeled anti-muslim or islamophobic.
More recently, the Department of Homeland Security was afraid to review the public Facebook dialogue of the San Bernardino shooters, because they did not want to be guilty of profiling them because they were muslim. Even though the Orlando shooter had a long history of terrorist threats, the FBI had to drop him from their watch list because he said he was not a terrorist.
As for consequences regarding the police violence issue, everyone knows the old adage, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The, law enforcement industry has about as much power and autonomy as any organization could ever hope for. They make their own rules, have their own unions and literally are allowed to police themselves.
Even the police themselves admit there is a serious problem within their ranks. Accordingly, adverse consequences of the “cops can do no wrong” mentality are legion. The best evidence against the validity of their assertions that bad cops are held accountable, is the judicial system’s own records.
Over the years, prosecutors have sought indictments against millions of people. Grand juries almost automatically return the indictment as requested, with one glaring exception. About the only time an indictment has been denied, is when the accused was a police officer.
Another notable example of lack of accountability with police would be their performance during the prohibition era. Most people do not realize the main reason prohibition failed was due to rampant police corruption all across the nation. Law enforcement complicity and dereliction of duty also is the primary reason citizens were able to freely reek so much violence and havoc against blacks during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras.
Meanwhile, as muslim apologists and zealous cop defenders give lip service to the idea of preventing terrorism and holding cops accountable, somehow, the body count continues to rise from the most recent acts of terrorism and the videos of recent incidents of police violence keep popping up by the hundreds. In short, the facts completely contradict their self-serving assertions that muslim terrorism has nothing to do with Islam and that the judicial system is properly handling the “few bad apples” in our midst, as they enjoy their paid leave vacations.
In summary, regardless of what they say to the contrary, the muslim apologists’ actions are telling the rest of us that we should effectively ignore the terrorists because they are such a small fraction of the otherwise peaceful muslim community.
Even though police defenders ardently insist otherwise, their rhetoric and lack of action plainly shows they do not believe there is a problem with unlawful violence in law enforcement.
In short, according to this “ignore the problem” philosophy of this mindset, since the good muslims and good cops inside America, so far out number the bad ones, let’s stop wasting our time on the “few bad apples” and focus our attention on the overwhelming number of good ones.
How ironic that these apologists call these killers “bad apples.” We should be so lucky. Bad apples only affect other apples in the same barrel. They don’t harm anyone outside the barrel. Terrorists and bad cops actually kill innocent people. They are a virile, highly contagious, deadly virus within the body of America. To simply call them “bad apples” is an insult to the families of their victims.
Coincidently, no one in his right mind would even knowingly leave bad apples in a barrel of good ones, let alone allow a highly infectious, contagious disease to freely contaminate and infect the whole body.
If you are one of the people currently advocating either of these positions, please consider the following metaphor which places the issue in a more objective, non-political angle.
As we said, America is the patient. Scientists tell us, there are over 37-trillion bloods cells feverishly working inside our bodies. Each and every day, each and every hour, the overwhelming majority of these cells carry out their duties faithfully and effectively.
According to the philosophy we just discussed, the medical industry should not be wasting so much time on eliminating or controlling cancer or other diseases in our body, since those few cells merely represent only “a few bad apples” among the trillions of good cells in a person’s body.
I dare say, not one of you would even countenance applying such ridiculousness to yourself or a loved one. You wouldn’t even advocate that for someone else. Yet, that is exactly what you are telling any family who has or will lose a loved one to terrorism or unlawful police violence.
Let me close with another old saying that is apropos in this situation: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Undoubtedly, most people who support either or both of these fallacious, deadly positions, obviously have never thought them through to their logical, fatal conclusion. Ignoring these cancers within American society is not going to make them go away, nor will it stop these killers from taking more innocent lives.
Please remember to be a thinker and not a repeater. Until next time, be blessed.