I’ve seen no evidence to connect them to foreign or domestic terrorism, but something pushed them to act on that ugly day. Whether it was called an ambush or an assassination, Beck and Soldo were attacked because of who they were and what they did for a living (their choice to protect and maintain order in society and the uniforms they wore that identified them to their stalkers are the reason they were targeted). In the year since that tragedy so much more has happened involving the police across the nation. Some people engage in ‘hype’ and call it a WAR ON POLICE. I don’t believe that is true. Millions of Americans still respect and appreciate our police, but there are people that will take advantage of a situation and some so-called police ‘spokespersons’ are doing just that and ignoring the need for improvements in policing.
Choosing to be a police officer or deciding to join the military makes a person a ‘target’ both here and abroad. On occasion police officers are ambushed and attacked. Fort Hood would be a good example of how soldiers can be targeted in their own country and on their own base.
The choice to defend our communities or stand for the USA has consequences but many good people still answer the call. In my opinion, the emerging ‘war’ is on our country’s traditions and conservative beliefs (like those portrayed in the reality show 19 Kids and Counting).
I have no intent to minimize the recent violence against police (or the often-justified criticism of our police) but the police are not the only ones receiving intense scrutiny. Isn’t the Duggar family also under attack by the media and ‘loudmouths’ like Whoopie Goldberg (the respected ‘social scientist and expert on forgiveness)? I watched
multiple channels this week and concluded that there is a WAR ON ALL OF THE DUGGARS AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF ONE OF THE DUGGARS! Doesn’t this ring familiar? The actions of a few (or even one) police officers often causes distrust and condemnation of ALL police. Instead of vilifying ‘Josh’ for what he did over a decade ago, the Duggar’s family values, religious beliefs, and freedom to raise their large family has caused a war to be launched on the entire family. This is because of ‘who’ they are and ‘what’ they represent.
They Duggars are identifiable by their ‘fame’ from a TV show. Our police and soldiers are identifiable by their uniforms. The Duggars, the police, and our military all take a stand and represent ideals that others don’t always agree with. It is OK to have an opinion in a free country but it is sad to see that almost anything can be turned into a ‘major scandal’ by those who are politically motivated!
I don’t believe I have ever watched the Duggar’s show, but anything ‘conservative or religious’ seems to get bashed lately (i.e., Duck Dynasty). Are ‘traditional’ Americans supposed to accept and ‘normalize’ families like the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, and, most recently, celebrate and honor a new ‘hero’ named Caitlyn? Not if we don’t want to, right? Don’t forget the ongoing legalization of drugs and other changes in society. Are private family ‘choices’ in our once-free country becoming a thing of the past?
From a police perspective (maintaining safety and order, respect for authority, controlling crime, balancing rights and responsibilities) I can’t help but to conclude that the Duggars and their children will be LESS LIKELY to: experiment with drugs or alcohol, become addicted to these substances, get arrested for minor in possession/consumption or get arrested for drunk driving, engage in problem gambling, participate in the world of pornography, experience unwanted
pregnancies as the mother or the father, decide on abortion vs. adoption, catch sexually transmitted diseases from unprotected sex, engage in bullying or other violence conduct, apply for public assistance (welfare/unemployment/other programs), live in public housing, end up in jail or prison, or get divorced. The list of things we do NOT want to happen in our families could go on and on.
I may be wrong, but if the Duggar family ‘home-schools’ their children, they are paying taxes to educate other children in their community when their own children are not consuming this ‘public’ service. FAMILY VALUES (without regard to what particular religion is involved) are private values and should be respected unless they violate the law or impact others in a negative way. Teaching and embracing self-sufficiency was once respected in this country. The momentum seems to be shifting to a generation of entitlement (I want what I want when I want it and someone [government] is supposed to provide it to me).
If only the hundreds of millions of American citizens who still have strong family values and expectations for their children could control the media and regularly publicize what they consider ‘normal’ and what they are proud of in their lives!
If only tens of thousands of professional American police officers could control the media and publicize what they do each and every day (demonstrate force-restraint to SAVE lives, take risks to rescue citizens, teach/coach/mentor youth, feed and help to shelter the homeless and mentally disturbed, demonstrate excellence of character and serve as role models, make difficult decisions regarding the liberty of others, and endure what is now almost incessant criticism
of their profession because of the actions of a few).
These officers also lose their anonymity, lose sleep, endure problems at home, suffer from stress and disability, engage in substance abuse, commit suicide, and sometimes shed tears and blood (like the Beck and Soldo families) because of the circumstances they chose to confront but that they know they can’t always control.
I’ve got a feeling that the Duggar family will survive just like our police and military and everyone will be stronger. It is OK to fight back when unjustly accused. It is also OK to admit that problems need to be fixed and depart from what is ‘popular’ instead of maintaining the status quo. Ask your local police chief or sheriff what unpopular steps they have taken to improve their police departments.