There is nothing in the laws of the land, in recruitment documents, in employment packages, anywhere at all that says a member of the Military or Law Enforcement is required to take a bullet. Protect and Serve are the only two written demands placed upon our men and women in uniform who stand in the front lines every day, whether it be a city street, or the Normandy Beaches.
We have read so much recently about “Bad Cops” who are shooting first and asking questions later; or “Shoddy Law Enforcement”, or “Friendly Fire”. We see a trend where Politicians are getting on band wagons to limit the activities of the Police and our Service men being severely hamstrung by so called “Rules of Engagement”.
Visualize yourself, proudly, in your police uniform or your military uniform being told to go out and stop a public disturbance, or calm a domestic violence situation, or coral some nut job(s) shooting people with an AR15 in a school, or a movie theater, or a church, or a Terrorist on a San Bernardino street or to put an end to our enemies aggression. You walk into the situation and the perpetrator points at you with something you aren’t sure what. Are you going to say, “Excuse me, is that a gun, or a cell phone you have pointing at me?” Hell no you are not going to say that, you are going to shoot and hopefully shoot straight and first.
The tamers of the Wild West, the Yankees, the Doughboys, the GI’s, the Gulf War Soldiers all were successful because they shot first or faster than the other guy. George Patton said it best when giving a pep speech to his beloved Third Army. “You don’t want to die for your Country, let the other poor bastard die for his country. Wade into them, grease your tank treads with them.” (After all the enemy or the perpetrator is why you are there in the first place, you didn’t go spoiling for the encounter. And the same thing goes for the Cop on the beat.)
My concern is that the Political forces at work will constrain our police and military to the point that no one will want to serve any longer. Already we see police opting out of the forces, and a slowdown in military enlistments. When and if it comes to a point where this great country can no longer defend it’s freedom from enemies from within or without, we will have anarchy in the world as well as here at home.
Anarchy Defined. The condition of a society, entity or a group of people, or a single person which does not recognize authority. A leaderless society.