This week marks National Police Week. Presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry celebrated America's law enforcement officers by stating: "'In valor there is hope,' and in America because of our law enforcement officers, we have so much to be hopeful about. But every year, we are reminded of those who die serving their country at home. This year, we will honor and remember 362 who made the ultimate sacrifice -- 145 last year alone."
So here's my question: Doesn't Kerry think it's time to internationalize our inner cities? After all, our law enforcement officers are dying out there. We're attempting to bring freedom and democracy to a part of our country under false pretenses. How dare we focus any police efforts on ferreting bad guys out of criminal areas. They don't want us there!
We're not winning any friends in the criminal areas, and we're certainly making ourselves unwelcome in the international community. The American death penalty violates international law, execution of minors violates international law, and treatment of prisoners in the U.S. incarceration system violates international law. France isn't happy with us!
Goodness knows that the criminal street will rise up against the American government. Toppling drug kingpins and gang leaders isn't making anyone safer -- in fact, it might make us less safe. Every time we force police officers to invade high-crime areas, we risk inciting the criminal street.
We all remember what happened during the Rodney King riots. John Kerry does, and he wants to remind us that the criminal class has legitimate concerns. Rap is its voice, and we must listen to it. "I'm fascinated by rap and by hip-hop. I think there's a lot of poetry in it. There's a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you'd better listen to it pretty carefully, 'cause it's important ... I'm still listening because I know that it's a reflection of the street and it's a reflection of life, and I understand all that," Kerry told MTV.
Of course, the major bone of contention here is our support for an educated populace in crime-ridden areas. It's imperialistic and fails to acknowledge the legitimate rights of criminals to self-determination and inhabitance of their home areas. Pushing the criminal element to achieve and holding them accountable for their own problems reveals a simplistic mind-set. Successful people in criminal areas are foreigners, intruders. We must definitely be more even-handed in our treatment of criminals and successful interlopers.
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