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Outsiders vs. Insiders: More than ever, recent history proves police officers are on our side

In all of life’s crazy twists and turns perhaps the most inspiring moments take place when something surprising happens that no one really anticipates or expects.

Such was the case last week when Congressman Steve Scalise made his return to the floor of the House of Representatives about three and a half months after he was shot and critically wounded by a hate ravaged Bernie Sanders supporter from Illinois on a baseball diamond in Alexandria, Virginia at a little after seven in the Steve Scalisemorning on a warm summer day.

The bipartisan good feelings in the chamber were tangible as the still obviously encumbered Scalise made his way to the speaker’s microphone. Maybe some felt he shouldn’t be there given the severity of his injuries. It was almost like a miracle to witness the Louisiana congressman upright at all – and perhaps for a brief moment everyone took another look at their own mortality.

Al Weaver of the Washington Examiner reported, “Scalise hobbled into the chamber on crutches, received a nearly 4-minute standing ovation and offered up a smattering of fist-pumps and thumbs-up signs, then delivered a 15-minute address in which he thanked the outpouring of support he received from all corners of the U.S. and the world. His remarks were also filled with faith, as he talked openly about the prayers he said moments following the shooting.

“’I'm a living example that miracles really do happen,’ Scalise said.

“’When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and I couldn't move anymore is I just started to pray,’ Scalise said. ‘And I'll tell you, it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm knowing that at that point it was in God's hands. But I prayed for very specific things, and I will tell you pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. And they were some pretty challenging prayers I was putting in God's hands.’”

Given the horrific attack that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday night, Scalise’s appearance in Congress last week was perhaps a precursor to the coming battles over gun control.

But in the larger sense, Scalise’s presence among his House colleagues really wasn’t a miracle – at least not completely. With no disrespect to God, Scalise shouldn’t have been forced to endure all of those surgeries and agonizing days of recovery and doubts about whether he’d even live to see another sunrise.

That’s because Scalise should have never been shot in the first place. He was placed in that position by the very human acts of someone who despised him because of his job title. Scalise was therefore targeted because of what he believes in by a person who thought something different. He survived due to the quick reactions of two Capitol Hill police officers who instantly operated on their training and swiftly neutralized the attacker before more innocent people were harmed.

After the incident in June Scalise’s House colleagues paid tribute to the wounded – and also to the valiant efforts of the police officers.

It was a brief moment when the police were honored as they rightfully deserve to be, for the vast, vast majority of them are good people who care deeply about their communities and take it upon themselves to enforce the law not only because it’s their job, but also because they value the law abiding citizens all around who depend on police to prevent what happened to Scalise from happening to them.

Isn’t this the message that’s been lost in the recent NFL player flag protests and the varied reactions from owners, fans and commentators to them? In essence aren’t the players disrespecting ALL police for the actions of a token few who went beyond the purview of their employment and committed violations against criminal suspects instead of serving and protecting them?

During those few days in early summer the spotlight shone brightly on the officers who saved many lives on that occasion. Even the media gave them praise. Precious little attention is devoted on a daily basis to all the good things police officers do and the good deeds that go unheralded. If you’re in trouble, what do you do? Call the police.

Needless to say, the first responders acted admirably on Sunday night in Nevada. They run towards the sound of the danger to try and save lives, not take them.

Almost all cops perform “miracles” all the time just like the doctors and surgeons who saved Scalise’s life and the congressman will eventually return to his duties thanks to the assistance of many people who were just doing what they always do – serve and protect people. In the aftermath of 9/11 the nation paid homage to the police and fire departments in New York City and greater Washington. Hundreds in uniform died that day trying to save others’ lives. Is it really so different now?

None of this is headline grabbing; the media would much rather take up the phony cause of someone like disgruntled loser Colin Kaepernick who originally decided to sit for the national anthem because he wanted to protest America, not initiate some higher social movement.

As reported by Larry O’Connell at Mediaite, “It was August 26, 2016 and Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers were playing the Green Bay Packers in a preseason contest. Kaepernick, recently relegated to bench-warmer status for the team he had once led to the Super Bowl, chose to stay seated on that bench while the rest of his team and everyone else at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA rose to their feet in a sign of unity for our country. (Yes, there was a time when simply standing was the ‘sign of unity’ we showed during the national anthem, no linking of arms needed.)

“…[After the game Kaepernick] gave an exclusive interview to Steve Wyche at ‘I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.’”

There were bodies on Scalise’s baseball field – and on the pavement in Las Vegas, too.

Kaepernick’s words don’t require a deep level of discernment or interpretation. He specifically indicated he was protesting the American flag because of the perceived systematic racism that it represents. Kaepernick included “people of color” in his rant and now other minority groups have taken up the same movement. Does this mean Kaepernick doesn’t care about the white people who are killed in police confrontations (statistically it’s far greater than any other racial classification)?

The former San Francisco quarterback then suggested his cause was greater than a simple professional sport and he would be “selfish” not to speak up. And lastly, the “people getting paid leave and getting away with murder” Kaepernick talked about are police officers.

So by extension, aren’t the NFL players who are currently sitting, kneeling, locking arms, etc… explicitly protesting the flag, country and police officers in the same way that Kaepernick did? Is this really a free speech issue or something, as Kaepernick himself suggested, much larger than the game itself?

It doesn’t take a genius to answer the question and it doesn’t require an expert to interpret why so many Americans are upset with the recent NFL flag protests. When the facts are weighed this isn’t just about the police and perceived racism; it’s about questioning the very fabric of our constitutional system and society.

For his part, Kaepernick isn’t leaving any ambiguity in terms of where he stands these days. David Hookstead reported in the Daily Caller last week, “Colin Kaepernick donated $25,000 to a foundation honoring a convicted cop killer.

“The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback donated the money to the foundation Assata’s Daughter’s, according to The Daily Mail...

“There is next to no chance an NFL team will ever sign Kaepernick after this revelation. He was already radioactive among the fanbase because of his national anthem protests, and donating to the foundation that honors a convicted cop killer is not going to help his reputation.”

The referenced cop killer Kaepernick apparently admires is former Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur. If you’re not familiar with her, perusing Shakur’s Wikipedia page might be worth your time. These are the people who Kaepernick holds up as heroes.

Kaepernick is no Martin Luther King and it’s insulting for the contemporary left and media to hold him up as some sort of movement leader whose goal was only to highlight supposed police abuses and excesses. Instead it’s pretty evident Kaepernick and those who follow him in protest are bent on destroying the culture of the country in order to promote their own form of anarchy and political correctness.

The stupidity and activism isn’t confined to Kaepernick or black NFL players either. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, for instance, thinks the players’ arm-linking is all about love. Rogers said last week, “This is about equality. This is about unity and love and growing together as a society, and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people. But we’ve got to come together and talk about these things and grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity.”

The only problem is the players aren’t starting a “conversation” as much as they’re conducting a monologue. They just hear their own side of the argument, at least until the fans boo them for their “love and unity.” And fans have shown little interest in joining the players in their inane symbolic gestures, too.

What Rogers was talking about had little connection to the reason Kaepernick gave for lodging the protests in the first place. There was no “love” or “unity” in what the former 49er had to say.

Maybe Kaepernick started all of this to launch his own political ambitions. It’s obvious his football career was in the doldrums and he needed a new gig where he could run his mouth and still have people admire him. It’s highly unlikely his reception would be as welcome or merited as the return of Steve Scalise, however.

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