A Not So Perfect Phone Call

My phone rang yesterday. Who was calling? A Man. As in THE MAN!

By the by, he had asked for me, by name. Uh-oh! His mission? Fundraising, on behalf of some police association, which I had never even heard of.

As part of his spiel, he made a point of emphasizing cops’ mounting concerns; specifically, how they oppose all legislation, which de-funds and demilitarizes their police departments. In the short time it took to ask if he could count on my donation, I felt it necessary to ask…

“Would you mind if we take a few moments for a philosophical discussion?”

My totally unanticipated question had EITHER unnerved him (upset his indoctrinated fund raising routine) OR struck a raw nerve within him. So much so that he asked me to re-ask my Q.

“Would you mind if we take a few moments for a philosophical discussion?”

Upon his warily allowing that, I offered up this follow up…

“Would it not be better for the police to devote their time to the policing, while relying on the social workers…”

He immediately, and rather curtly, cut me off and then opted to cut and run.

The very fact that Mr. Fundraiser was expecting everyone to support cops, unconditionally, to say the least, was (still is) excessively presumptuous; especially against today’s backdrop of worldwide racial / social unrest.

Had he allowed me to continue, I’d have mentioned how society needs police department social workers / psychologists, who gingerly “open” troubled minds, not cops who crack open skulls with clubs.

Alas, Mr. Show-Me-Da-Money’s mind was not open to my brand of business. And that certainly struck a raw nerve within me.

Look, don’t get me wrong. Some good cops, who favor brains over brawn, still do exist. Some may even harbor natural instincts, which make them fairly decent shrinks.

But, what of the bad cops; the bigots, who deem it their duty to go ape-shit crazy, each and every opportunity they get to tackle their work assignments; i.e., when they literally tackle suspects.

And God help said suspects when they’re not Christian Caucasians.

Typically, for a person of color, a phrase such as “they all lived happily ever after” is not how their story ends. Tragically, the suspect is running away only out of his justifiable fear that the racist cop, in hot pursuit, fully intends to gun him down; all the way down; as in six feet down. More often than not, he’ll realize his fears had been well founded; as he gasps his final breath.

Society must fully accept and implement the changes Black Lives Matter adherents are demanding; i.e., the end of police brutality and profiling. Doing so would concurrently halt the trampling of 1st Amendment protections (e.g. freedom of speech / freedom to protest).

And looking further down the road, America does not need and must never respect storm trooper cops who’d [1] snappily salute and bleat out “Yes Sir” to Fascist Donald J. Trump and [2] mindlessly follow his marching orders to complete his overthrow of America.

Considering today’s sickening political climate, whether or not there can be a favorable resolution to all that ails us / the U.S. will depend on who will be seated behind the Oval Office desk at high noon on Inauguration Day 2021.

In the meantime, the people who did cough up their money to Mr. Fundraiser, today, could even wind up buying the tear gas, which protestors will wind up coughing up from their lungs, tomorrow.

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Dictator Donny Declares War on America

Dictator Donny has been having a blast bossing around his stationed in Portland, Oregon, mucked-up-in-the-head goon squad. BTW, his militant minions moonlight / do double duty as his mucked-up-in-the-head, unofficial, campaign workers, too. Their main mission is to man him up / help him appear more (d)electable to his bloodthirsty, sycophantic voter base.

Patrolling Portland in unmarked vehicles and decked out in unidentifiable uniforms, affords these storm troopers an abundance of anonymity and lack of accountability, which can only aid and abet Donny’s [1] needless maiming of Americans, [2] violent violation of peaceable protestors’ 1st Amendment Rights and [3] eventual overthrow of America.

Granted, not all demonstrators qualify as peaceable. But that, in itself, raises these key questions…

Might Trump’s own troublemakers be acting on his behalf to inflame demonstrators’ justifiable outrage? Might Trumpsters even be setting the actual fires? For Donny the Drama Queen, such subterfuge would not be out of character.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown who wishes Trump’s troops would just get the hell out, might get her wish. It’d appear that she does have a legal leg to stand on… i.e., if Wikipedia can be counted on as a trusted source…

“The governor is the commander-in-chief of the Oregon Military Department. Power is granted to the governor to mobilize and deploy state military forces.”

Hmm… just wondering what would happen were the good Guv to order her troops to protect protestors from Trump’s mercenaries?

The obvious irony, here, is that Donald J. Trump is the one who’s actually disturbing the peace. Hell, to meet his goal of restoring said peace, he’d need to order his own troops to arrest and detain HIM!

Hmm… not a bad idea…

 

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