An open letter to Baltimore and the rest of the U.S.

Police violence seems to be a trending topic both on social media as well as with the national media lately.

Lets start out by getting one thing straight – when a police officer disobeys the laws and unjustly harms another person, they should be charged the same as you or I would be if we hurt another person – period!

Police officers are not above the law, they are sworn to obey the law, that is their job.

However, rushing to judgement on police violence without the knowledge of all the facts is also a problem. The media loves to sensationalize a story and make it seem so much larger than life. They tend to spark anger and outrage just from reporting hearsay so that they can be the first to report about the incident. This anger is what makes a slow simmer into a boiling mess. Local citizens then take that anger and think it is ok for them to cause damage to other people and their property, to loot and burn things. I will never understand why you would want to loot or burn down your own neighborhood, it just does not make sense to me. The reality is that this cycle gets rolling and it is oftentimes very hard to stop and also causes a lot more people to be hurt by these actions.

I see and hear many of these incidents being blamed on the police.
The race card seems to be thrown around quite easily as well.
Everyone seems to want the police to stop being racist and stop being bullies however that is really not the true problem in my opinion.

The problem is not the police! The problem is on both sides and both sides need to change otherwise nothing will change.

The youth of today seem as if they have no respect for the police or for adults in general. If a police officer asks you to get off the street and move to the sidewalk, why is there this need to defy authority and argue or outright disobey? Wouldn’t it be easier to just move to the sidewalk and move on with life? Unfortunately, by disobeying the police, you are creating a bad situation. The officer now have to go into a defensive mode as they now have a citizen right out disobeying them, not knowing what ulterior motive this person may have (is he on drugs or does he intend to cause harm?). Simply following the officers order would have avoided a bad situation. Why is this so hard for people to understand? Why do people think its okay to disobey an order from a police officer? Stop being smart asses people and have and show some respect!

Who is really to blame for much of this violence: The person who is disobeying the police officer!

If everyone has the same respect for others as they want others to have for them (the Golden Rule), we would not have these issues!

If we as citizens start respecting the police more, we will find that the police will respect us more as well.
Mothers and fathers, teach your kids respect and hold them responsible for their actions. We all want the police to be held accountable for their own actions so why shouldn’t we be more responsible for our own actions? You must show respect before you will get respect!

Its a simple life lesson – show respect, get respect. The violence will stop on both sides!

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Did the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s Democrats commit an act of treason?

Did the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Democrats commit an act of treason by releasing the ‘Torture Report’?
What is treason? treason (noun) : Offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one’s country or of assisting its enemies in war. In the U.S., the framers of the Constitution defined treason narrowly—as the levying of war against the U.S. or the giving of aid and comfort to its enemies.

It could be argued that by releasing this information, it allows our enemies to know what they have in store for them if captured and now gives them more things to do against us if we are captured (as if being beheaded was not enough)! I personally liken this to giving government secrets to any foreign entity – no matter what the reason. It could be surmised that by releasing publicly, information on what tactics the U.S. and some of its allies may have used against our enemies, is indeed aiding the enemy (with knowledge of what the US may use against them in war).

All the legalities and definitions aside, the US government is a big, unwieldy beast and in most cases the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. That being said, their are some parts of the government that work in the dark shadowy underbelly, the places that most people would never want to go. They do this for the safety and security of the US and its citizens. The ability to live in a free country with all the liberties we exercise each and every day. I am willing to let some things be done under the radar – as long as it keeps me safe and secures my freedom. Monitoring phones and emails looking for chatter that can save lives is perfectly ok with me. Using tactics to extract information for the common good is also acceptable to me. I am doing and saying nothing wrong so I do not care if they happen to listen in to my conversations or monitor my emails. They are not doing these things to regular citizens, they are doing these things to people who hate our country and want to hurt us. We need to know if they plan on flying planes into buildings or bombing a shopping mall! Sometimes its worth giving up a little to gain a lot.

Try living life the way you do now in almost any other country in the world and I can assure you, you will wish that someone was watching out for your common good. You are able to do all the things you do in this great country without a thought because of those that work in the clandestine areas of the government. Everything that goes on does not need to be publicly available, thats what makes the difference between a safe and free country and a place where you live in a cave and pound sand all day long.

As a friend recently pointed out – Wise words from Col. Nathan R Jessup (A Few Good Men). Seems applicable today.

We live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. My existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Sherrickworld would like to say ‘Thanks Uncle Sam for having my back! Its just too bad some people would rather stab us in the back, especially for political gain’

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