This is the fourth post in a blog stream outlining why I will not and cannot vote for a Democrat. In this piece, we will examine the drive to defund the police departments. The issue (of public safety) constitutes another grave reason not to vote for any Democrat, no matter where they stand on other issues—our freedoms, liberties, our way of life, and our safety is at stake.
I hope you find this post meaningful,
A WORD ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY
The American public places personal safety high on their list of life priorities. Most people want to live in peace to raise families, work at their profession, career, job, practice their faith, and go about their lives in some level of harmony. Life tends to throw many trials at us, though most do not want to deal with the challenge of witnessing the destruction of their cities, nor do they want to see looting, burning, violence toward people, etc.
Trials come into every person’s life—cancer, heart disease, loss of life, loss of income, broken relationships and marriages, the enduring blessings and hardships of raising a family, money to pay for school and life’s necessities a perpetual challenge for many—no one escapes life without hardships and trials, it is a reality for every human. Those who accept that life offers painful challenges tend to be happier than those who reject life’s trials.
RIOTING, LOOTING, VIOLENCE
A safe environment forms an important foundation for a civilized and peaceful society. The rioters, looters, and violence makers know most people want a calm and peaceful world, so they use their actions as a form of urban terrorism. Violence, rioting, and looting create fear in the hearts of many people, which is often the essential ingredient used by so-called protestors to force change. Violent protests in Portland have been ongoing for 90 days, with no end in sight. The Democrats do nothing to stop the carnage.
Many major cities have been battered by violent protests, looting, rioting, carnage never seen on such massive scales in USA cities. People have lost businesses to the rioters, to the violence, some have lost their lives. Vast portions of cities were destroyed. Billions of dollars in damage has been wrought upon our cities. In some cases, state National Guard units have been dispatched to stop the violence. President Trump sent the military to some locations. It has been, and to this day continues to be chaotic with little being done to stop the attempt to create fear by ruining cities. This is happening in the United States, not some unknown location across the globe.
One of the foundations for the violence is the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement. Black lives absolutely do matter, and injustices do happen; however, the BLM movement is contrary to Catholic teachings, and Catholics cannot support the group with a clear conscience because we believe that every human life, from natural conception to natural death are precious (black, white, Hispanic, Asian, etc.). From a Catholic point of view, every soul is created in the image and likeness of God, and every soul is equal before God; therefore, on earth, every soul and human life on earth matters, as human persons we are all equal—that is the direction we should take. Consider these Catholic Catechism paragraphs:
369 Man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman. “Being man” or “being woman” is a reality which is good and willed by God: man and woman possess an inalienable dignity which comes to them immediately from God their Creator. Man and woman are both with one and the same dignity “in the image of God”. In their “being-man” and “being-woman”, they reflect the Creator’s wisdom and goodness.
2334 “In creating men ‘male and female,’ God gives man and woman an equal personal dignity.” “Man is a person, man and woman equally so, since both were created in the image and likeness of the personal God.”
Go HERE for the Catholic Catechism source.
This, in no way, diminishes the call for fair treatment for every group, including African Americans. Our culture will never make progress regarding racism and justice until we collectively acknowledge that every single human life should matter to us (including unborn babies). No group should be lifted above other groups, no person has a greater value than another—God loves every person. Consider this Catholic Catechism paragraph:
1935 The equality of men rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights that flow from it:
Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s designs.
Go HERE for the Catholic Catechism source.
When we can see each other as God sees us, that is the day we will make a real step forward. As for the violence happening in our cities and how it relates to the upcoming election, please consider the following chart, which lists the major cities that have suffered rioting, looting, and extreme violence (take note that every city listed is run by a Democrat):
It is undeniable that our cities have been (and some continue to be) under assault. Yet, sadly, these city leaders (all Democrats) are doing next to nothing to stop the carnage.
DEFUND THE POLICE
The rioting, looting, and violence have resulted in a call to defund police departments across the nation (take note, again, that these cities are run by Democrats). The overwhelming majority do not want to see police defunded, they do not want the violence to continue, they want their cities and lives to return to some semblance of peace.
In what way will defunding police help this situation? How does the country create calm if we pull the police from the streets?
We have a long tradition of supporting peaceful protests in the USA, with the 1960s representing a sort of pinnacle for such activities (recall the violence during the 1968 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago). Yet, what is happening today is far removed from being peaceful. There exists a striking difference between the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue. The Democrats support the riots, the looting, and the call for defunding the police (and in some locations, the defunding process has begun). On the other hand, Republicans want law and order in our cities, they do not want to defund police (they would rather increase police budgets and training). Republicans want to end the riots, the violence, and the looting. Democrats want the chaos to continue.
Republicans, including President Trump, believe that in large measure police are the unsung heroes of our cities, the people performing incredibly difficult professions with little support from the public. They are marginalized, attacked, and belittled every day. There have been mistakes, there has been corruption, and in recent times we have learned that far better training needs to occur; however, removing law enforcement simply leads to chaos, anarchy.
The choice is easy. If you desire the continuation of the chaos and violence, vote for Vice President Biden and all downstream Democrats. If you want law and order and peace to prevail, vote for President Trump and all downstream Republicans. Most people will choose peace over violence, a walk in a peaceful park versus a night spent in a city turned into chaos.
In future parts, I will discuss other important reasons why I will not and cannot vote for Democrats.