Mark Armstrong’s Weekly Update and News Review – 8 July 2016

Greetings from Tyler,

What did they want?  Dead cops!  Does anyone think for one minute that the Black Lives Matter movement or the well-known professional race-baiters will be satisfied by the random assassination of five police officers and the wounding of several others?  Reports are that some “black power” organization is taking “credit” for the Dallas murders.  There are calls all over the social media platforms calling for the killing of police.  At “peaceful demonstrations” in Minnesota last night it is reported that protesters were chanting “kill the cops!”

Anyone could see the possibility of events spinning out of control as last night’s news carried live coverage of massive anti-police demonstrations in New York, Dallas and other cities across the United States.  It wouldn’t be the first time that “peaceful protests” were used as cover for a host of violent crimes.  In New York, fists were raised atop outstretched arms of protesters to signify “black power.”  Included in their chants were words about “fighting back.”  Two more incidents of black men shot by police officers, one in Baton Rouge and another in a St. Paul suburb ignited racial anger, playing into the race-grievance ideology that racist police have declared open season on black men.

It is a narrative that has largely defined the current administration over the course of the past seven years.  The president himself, and his Justice Department have commented publicly, and in some cases gotten directly involved in promoting the “racist police” narrative.  We saw the results in Ferguson, MO and in Baltimore where the police stood back while stores were looted and buildings burned.  Almost none of those crimes were pursued under the prevailing logic that the “anger” on display (if it really was just “anger”) was somehow justified by the actions of “racist” police organizations.

There have been several incidents of police officers, black, white, Asian and Hispanic being randomly killed by self-appointed avengers.  They get high praise from the same people who are on the internet calling for more police to be killed.  As we mourn the loss of the Dallas officers and their poor families who had absolutely nothing to do with what happened in Baton Rouge or St. Paul, we have to realize that many others are celebrating and warning that there will be more to follow.

While we are constantly reminded of how “protest” is a democratic value, the kind of anti-police mobs that take to the streets at every opportunity present a clear and present danger.  Police are out in force at these gatherings not only to make sure that the “protest” doesn’t become violent, but also to protect the protesters from the possibility that someone might attack them.  How many scenes have we witnessed where the protesters are in the faces of the police, jumping around screaming unintelligibly at the top of their lungs while police stand patiently by, allowing them to vent.  It is their job to try to contain these rallies and maintain a visible presence in the hope that anyone would think twice before committing a crime.

But the shooting of eleven policemen in quick succession last night may give law-enforcement second thoughts about “standing by” at these recurring anti-cop demonstrations and race-rallies.  We’ve seen that any one of them can be targeted from a distance by one or more snipers, and they can be shot down without warning.  Who would want that job?

Police are already resigning from forces in large numbers.  You can read how some fifty officers quit the Dallas force just last month.   USA Today reports that there have been eleven ambushes of police so far this year, and 44% more than last year have already been killed nationwide in 2016.

When you look at all that is happening, from the mass importation of Middle Easterners, to the onslaught of migrants across our southern border, to the “kill the cops” attitude exhibited by race agitators, you’ll realize that local law enforcement is the only thing standing between the savages and the citizenry.  Of course, the current administration believes that the savages are “just as American as you are,” the only difference being they don’t have legal papers yet.  Without reliable law enforcement, the middle and upper class would be sitting ducks for the rabble who’ve been convinced that Americans have succeeded at their expense.

Despite independence celebrations that went through Monday, this has been a long and unsettling week.  We had to go through the gut-wrenching display of the Director of the F. B. I. showing the whole world how the rule of law doesn’t apply to the president’s choice of successor.  Watching the Judiciary Committee hearing was incredibly painful.  It was another example of the kind of tap dance we’ve come to expect as the last act in a series of coincidences that would not pass muster if written as fiction.  How could a man who has excelled on the basis of his record of absolute integrity, of being fair and non-political, have engaged in such obvious contradiction and double talk for the whole world to see?

Apparently the consequences were such that he was prepared to sacrifice his lifelong reputation to protect the Attorney General, the president and of course, Mrs. Clinton.  It comes as quite a blow to have to face the fact that the rule of law has been broken to pieces, by the administration, by the Supreme Court, and now by the one agency we thought wouldn’t be corrupted.

Everyone who’s read to this point knows there’s a much bigger picture here.  We’re seeing the results of nations that were blessed by God suffering the consequences for having turned away.  What were considered “values and principles” a short time ago are now hate crimes.  Some of the worst sins humanity can commit, we’re now lectured are our “values and principles.”  Who would have believed it would get this bad in such short order?  Certainly not the grieving families of the fallen officers in Dallas.  They’ll certainly be in all our prayers as we pause to observe the weekly Sabbath.


Mark Armstrong