Rabbi Aryeh Spero | Tuesday Jun 13, 2006 12:00 AM-- Every six months or so, the liberal media search for any story that casts our soldiers in a bad light. Abu Ghraib was portrayed as indicative of almost the entire U.S. Army when, in fact, it consisted of less than 1/1000 %. Besides which, in the scheme of possible war atrocities, it doesn’t even rank. It was more uncouth behavior than atrocity.
As soon as a scenario is found where our soldiers defended themselves from enemy fire, road bombs or check-point crashing cars, the media indict our boys, without first considering the circumstances which necessitated the shooting response. Guilty! Guilty until proven innocent.
It is quite obvious the media have a preconceived attitude toward our men and women in uniform and look for events to affirm their view. It is equally obvious that the media do not wait to issue its guilty judgement, even before the facts come in. For in the media’s mind, the guilty outcome is a foregone conclusion given the liberal media’s notion of who our soldiers really are. They want to believe the worst.
In the mind of most of today’s smug liberals, our soldiers are rednecks — and rednecks, when let loose and not under control of "civilized" liberals, do what comes natural to rednecks — they act rednecky. Liberals feel that way since, in their parochial view, who would enlist and volunteer unless one is poor, has no chance for upward mobility, and has a tendecy and lust for violence?
They believe this since most have no friends or family in the military. These elitists perceive the soldier and the military as below their class. Perhaps they heard of a grandfather who served back in the days when there was a draft, but not today.
Why do they so despise our military? Why do they never come to its defense? Why do they never understand the frightful plight of the soldier who, when fired upon by the enemy, has no recourse but to fire back if he wishes to stay alive? Why does the liberal not understand what he has seen countless times, namely, that the Jihadist enemy positions women and children in his front while shooting at our soldiers?
It is because the liberal moralizer deep down knows that he does not have the physical courage and might of the soldier. Compared to the soldier, he is a coward and weakling. His strength lies only in bringing law suits and sounding morally superior to the rest of us.
The liberal moralizer needs to tear down the U.S. soldier as a way of guaranteeing that the soldier is never elevated to a more honored level in American life than is he, the liberal moralizer. Tear down the soldier and you destroy the honor we feel toward that soldier. Find anything to show you are better than the soldier so that you and your smug liberal friends can celebrate your superiority. Liberal media guys cannot abide that America has heroes who are not them.
For the media, the heroes are Woodward and Bernstein or Washington Post and New York Times reporters who splash across the world U.S. national security secrets. They admire not those who defend but who tear down. Many entered the business for precisely that reason: to indict our institutions and ways.
By and large, certain very liberal cosmopolitan men are jealous of what the soldier can do, and have a desire, a need, to destroy the object of their envy.
By pressuring our government not to allow our soldiers engaged in urban battles to respond quickly, liberals — especially the media — are heightening the possibility that our young men will be killed. Their school yard "legalities" are handcuffing our soldiers and are, I’m convinced, precipitating American deaths and casualties. Our soldiers are now hesitating to defend themselves out of fear of being brought up on charges at the hands of the ACLU.
Our home-grown leftists must know how their 24/7 finger pointing and accusations are endangering the lives of our boys. Perhaps that is why they do it, not to mention a desire to humiliate our military and cause the defeat of the U.S. They have become accessories to and instruments for death.
If we in the West decide that our soldiers can never fire back at the enemy when women and children are present, then we have handed the enemy a sure-fire method for our defeat. We might as well roll up the streets of the West, now, since the enemy can move forward with immunity house-by-house, building-by-building, in every urban setting in which they choose to fight, including London and New York.
Thank God our safety is in the hands of these guys from the Midwest and South and not those snivelly effeminates from Brown, Brandeis, Columbia and NYU. If it were so, we’d by now all be prayer rugs.
Fast Forward to 2015. The Movie "American Sniper" comes out. Joe Public comes out to watch it. Joe tells Harry Jim and John, and exponentially, they tell their friends. The movie is viewed by a record number of people as evidenced by box office receipts. By financial returns, it is a proven hit with Middle America.
But, since this does not fit the Democrat/Liberal/Progressive Agenda, (DLP) several rocks turn over and out come the critics. The critique it and find several things to fault it for. My opinion: Mainly because it depicts the everlasting, enduring image of what a MAN should be, that he has a wife, not several sleep-ins, has children and cares for them, did his duty and did find an excuse or escape not to, and did not break down and turn to drugs or alcohol to soften the blow of what he had seen.
Oh, this does not sit well with the DLP. So, the creeps that crawled out from under the rocks, who are all very wealthy because the enjoyed the opportunities that Chris Kyle fought for-- lambast the movie on several accounts.
Although the movie is the obvious target, and the attempt to tear down Chris Kyle's reputation and accomplishments, and opinion of mine here: The simultaneous target was us out here in Fly Over Land, who revere SEALs, Marines Rangers--those who volunteered and had to prove themselves to gain the title. The message is--"Don't be worshiping these guys, after all, we just as worthy of adoration and respect as they are"
Fifteen years ago, the situation was this: These same creeps owned the media.
To oppose them was a sure result of being demonized with something you did --or failed to do in your past (And, if they could not find anything--They just made it up)
A criticism like those we have seen was intended to silence critics and preserve the status of those who had not achieved, or were guilty of several behavior misdeeds.
BUT-This time-- It ain't working. The miracle of the internet allows us to see information within seconds of it being published, and secondly, to retort to that with which we disagree. Respected people, in this case, veterans who served can speak from their experience- that experience which none of the creeps have .
The result is that Chis Kyle is a nationally known hero, and Michael Moore comes out a sore loser.
May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for "up!", found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone.
Los Angeles police called off an intense 8-hour manhunt Monday morning that began after two officers were ambushed in an “unprovoked attack” in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South L.A. the previous night. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- August 1971. I now have 2 months out on the road as a CHP Officer. I work the 1400-2230 shift, which in the South Los Angeles CHP office is the least desirable shift. As mentioned before, you parked a unit and rode or drove with another officer at sundown. A frequent man I paired up with was Frank Garner . Frank was a Black man, and did not always follow policy, but if he erred, it was not malicious, and did not bring disrepute on the CHP. You are supposed to patrol only in county areas, as cities pay their police top patrol their streets. Frank liked to go into Los Angeles City at times. Who was I to correct him, as he had two years on. We are going south on Central at about 9 PM. It is dark. Suddenly we see an LAPD unit come west, then north on Central. It has all emergency lights and siren on. Frank says, "Let's go see where he is going", and does a u-turn. We go north to 86th, then east. Frank exclaims:"He's going into the County ! ". We tuck right in, and soon we are at a scene just west of Hooper Av. There are sheriff's cars, LAPD cars, and police cars I do not recognize. You immediately hear gunfire--Shotgun rounds, and automatic weapon fire. We go forward, duck walking, crouched beside cars for cover. We have our handguns out, but we don't know who to shoot. While we are still trying to determine who is the bad guy, a Sheriff Deputy yells "Cease Fire". While rounds had been whizzing overhead, ALL of the local occupants of that area were out on the sidewalk, trying to see who was shooting and or who was getting shot. There is an LAPD car parked at the curb, with both front doors open. An Officer laid on the pavement ahead of the unit. Ahead of that was a blue 1958 Pontiac. You noted real quick that it seemed that you could not place your hand on that Pontiac without touching a bullet hole. Four black males, age 18 to 24, lay two on the sidewalk, and two out in the street. All were bleeding from parts of their bodies. A fire department ambulance arrived with the US's first paramedic. The driver walked up and asked a Sheriff Sergeant, "Who do we take first?". The Sergeant replied, "The officer, dumb sh*t" Talking to LAPD guys after some of the scene got cleared, we found that: LAPD Intelligence had info that four Black Panther males were enroute to Los Angeles to kill a cop. LAPD Intel had watched them arrive. They had been following in a pain clothes car, in civilian garb to see where they went. Enter the LAPD beat unit. These two fficers agree that occupants of the blue Pontiac are acting suspicious. they follow,and when the car starts out into County area, they stop it. Both officers get out. Driver officer walks forward. Driver and passenger from the front seat of the Pontiac get out, lever .45's and fire. Driver officer is hit in the upper left leg. Passenger officer is not hit, gets back to car, puts out 112-99, and returns fire. The WORLD comes. LAPD quickly comes up.They are armed with M-16's. Although they were hit several times, all the Panthers survived.
As a new CHP Officer, I was assigned to the South L A CHP Office, as, One, I had lived in San Pedro, and two, out of 53 graduating officers, 49 were assigned to Los Angeles. I reported in on June 28, 1971
Most of the area in South L A was County, which meant that the CHP had jurisdiction for traffic.
Like the little city strip-known as Watts-- that connects downtown Los Angeles with the harbor and San Pedro, the population was predominately Black. An additional aspect was that most were at the poverty level, living in "Public Housing" , and attending what the CHP motorcycle squad called "The Temple to Welfare".
You soon learned that these people had zero self-respect (That comes with having a job and paying your own way) and zero respect for law enforcement.
The situation then was like current day Ferguson , Missouri and New York City.
As CHP officer that drove cars, you never got out of sight of your car. Why?
The 60's were still around. There were several groups that still thought a good method of rebelling was to put a bomb on a cop car.
You parked one car either at the CHP Office or the Firestone Jail and rode two officers to a car at sundown.
In other CHP Offices, you pair up only if you are going to work past 2200 hours (10 PM)
What the populace thought of you was revealed one night as I was paired with a senior officer, who was driving. We came to a stop light and had to stop. On the sidewalk, just outside my window were three black youngsters-- A girl about 14, a boy about 10, and a girl about 5.
The 14 year old say, "Good evenin', Officuh". The boy says. "God evenin. mistah po lice man"
The five year old says "mothuh f--ing pig".
As CHP Officers we were expected to be courteous and professional at all times. Four citizen complaints in a year gets you fired.
You had two experiences that demonstrated what it took to keep order in that area:
One, you would be driving down a street, and a black male. usually age 16-25, would just turn from walking on the sidewalk, and walk in front of you. We-the CHP --would stop as the person sauntered in front of you sneering at you as they walked.
BUT , L A County Sheriffs had Plymouth Furys that looked like our Dodge Polaras
Most of these people were illiterate and could not tell the difference between the Sheriff's Star decal on the door
IF that young man stepped out in front of a sheriff's Deputy, you would hear the engine rev up, the rear go down, and the car increase speed at the offender . You could have seen some Olympic speed on foot .
Often we would stop black males (AS that was all that was there) for a traffic violation. There would be an incessant protest that the man had done nothing wrong. These people usually had no ID, no registration for the car. You could NOT run a check on the person unless you got permission from a Sergeant.
Ninety per cent of them had warrants, and a glove box full of unsatisfied tickets . If you ran him, then you had to take him to jail, it would burn up two to four hours of your shift.
When you finished to ticket, you would ask for a signature. Mostly, you would get a blast oof "I ain't signin' no M--F--ing ticket". (If you don't get a signature he has to be booked into jail)
So, you would calmly fold the citation book, lay it on the hood, and say to him,"You know--I thought I was dealing with a reasonable person. I made a mistake. What I am going to do is call the sheriff over here and let him write the ticket".
Invariably , he would blurt out, "Oh NO..Don't get Sheriff John here--I will sign it"
He knew that the sheriff's deputies would dribble him off the asphalt, then take him to jail.
Conclusion--These types only fear an ass kicking or being subjected to very uncomfortable pain. You do not negotiate with them. Trying to treat them kindly indicates to them that you are weak--and that they can subdue you .
Don't think that all the people were like this. There were many hard-working decent people, that respected officers and saw them as allies and protectors. You quickly developed a "Street sense" to tell which ones you were dealing with.
The BIG turn around was after Rodney King. LAPD Officers were accused of "Assault under color of Authority" . They were tried in State Court and found NOT GUILTY.
However, GHW Bush came to town to start his campaign for term II. Black Ministers from South Central cornered him and threatened to convince all the residents to vote Democrat if
he did not take action. Bush sent the FBI after them,(If you are a police officer, County Deputy or State Trooper, you quickly find that the FBI is NOT your friend) and convicted them of "Civil Rights Violations".
In my young life, first of all, I had what I would term a DI Mom.
My mother drove us--myself and two brothers, although, as I was the oldest, mine came first.
We had a dairy and a cattle ranch. I had to be up at 0400 to milk cows, feed them, and clean the milk barn. If I was not up, DI Mom had tricks like-- Turn the bed over, pour ice water in there with you. To this date, if I have to wake up at 0300, I will wake up at 0255.
You learned that an injury did not give you an out . On one occasion, I was running on foot to head off a calf, with my attention on the calf, and ran into barbed wire. I had a gash from my right eye, back on the side of my head for about an inch. I ran in the house. DI Mom rinsed it off, put a bandage on it and said, "Get back out there, your father needs your help".
In fifth grade. I was doing the milking by myself while my parents were both about 40 miles away on the ranch on a roundup . A cow I was driving into the barn was frightened by a dog that ran in front of here. This cow had been poisoned by malathion, and had no feeling. She ran over me, stepped on my head, leaving a contusion about 2 inches long. BUT, I completed milking all the cows before I washed it off. Calling 911 did not exist.
You learned to depend on you.
Secondly, you learned that you earned what ever you got: Do productive work, and you earned an income or a reward. Do destructive things and you got a penalty.
The penalty was very public, painful, and shaming,.
We lived for years near the tracks of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad tracks. Hobos that rode the trains free would get off and approach the front door. They would knock and ask, "Do you have any work that a man could do for a meal?"
With earning an income comes SELF RESPECT and a sense that you are as good as the next guy.
When I became a California Highway Patrol Officer,first of all, the Academy, you were taught things you needed to know basics of how to do your job. the other part was to test your endurance, your tenacity, and tolerance for the stress that would come.
BUT--It became clear that YOU were depending on you. Come an ugly situation, there was probably no cavalry riding to your rescue . THEN, you again were alone after the the incident where second guessers abound. Like a training officer told me when I got to my first office: "They give you a gun, a badge, the ability to arrest-but that's it. After that., you are ON YOUR OWN".
To thread the landmines, I read journals, subscribed to law news, went to seminars, and read case decisions.
I DID NOT depend on any superior to "Have my back".
I have two perceptions now:
One, that too many law enforcers have the false belief that,"If something happens, my Department will back me". Not true. Now, you are a political throw-away.
Two, the Reward-Penalty proposition has become reversed--Thanks to Democrat-Liberal-Progressive pushing of "Compassion".
We are supposed to have compassion for those who sit on their asses, commit crimes- such as illegally entering our United States--and either aborting or giving birth to children while not having resources or income to support them.
Here is my view of what the Obama Administration has brought us, and what the results will be .
First, it appears that you have to have only one major qualification to be appointed to the Administration: A Corrupt Radical. Secondly, if you are also Black, you go to the head of the line.
The results are mass violations of law and ethics and prejudice against anyone White and Christian.
What do I base this on? Fast & Furious, The IRS scandal, The Secret Service Scandal, Benghazi- and the list goes on.
When I was in High School, we had a history teacher. He had an unusual wide mid-girth.
We found out that he had almost been cut in two by a Nazi machine gun while an army soldier in Europe. Mr Wallace.
Mr Wallace had studied history and Government (Then called Civics).
He told us that after the Civil War, President Lincoln had blocked retaliation against the South. But, with Lincoln's assassination, the hawks went full bore. Rules were made, similar to Obama's Executive Orders.
One rule was: Anyone that had served in--or given Aid and Comfort to the Confederate Army--COULD NOT VOTE.
Who did that leave? Former Slaves.
"Carpet Baggers" from the North came down to pillage what was left of the South. They got former slaves elected to their legislatures, got contrasts for projects that never started, then left.
The Former Slaves had no compassion for their former owners.
To counter this, General Nathan Bedford Forrest started the Ku Klux Klan.
Yes, and the sheets and hoods were because if the occupying Union Army knew of who had intimidated the Blacks, that person would have been hanged .
When this "Reconstruction" period finally ended, segregation began.
As late as 1980, I saw the simmering resentment and inherited anger that had passed down for generations in the South.
My assertion is that Obama's policies of exempting Blacks from laws, and appointing Blacks who have that sole quality will foster a new type of segregation and distrust.