Last summer I heard a guy give a speech on TV that made me sit down and listen to him for a while. Here’s a few of his statements that got little applause. See if you can guess who it is.
Make America Safe Again. We cannot be great if we don’t feel safe in our homes, on our streets and in our schools. Many Americans have an uneasiness about the ability of their families to live safely in our troubling times. More than half of all Americans now worry a great deal about crime and violence and for African Americans that number is 70%.
Sadly, for a growing number of communities the sense of safety many of us once took for granted has been shattered. Safety is a shared endeavor. It starts with the willing acceptance of people to play by society’s rules, a code where we collectively agree that ensures stability, fairness and respect. It is based on a foundation of trust in each other and in people who administer and enforce society’s rules which at its foundation is the rule of law.
Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of the morality of the rule of law provided that it’s applied equally, to both the wealthy and the impoverished, both men and women, the majority and the minority.
American law enforcement officers understand that race is, and has been, a heated issue in our country. Most appreciate the vital need for thoroughness and transparency and pursuit of the greater good in their actions and in their investigations.
What can make our nation safe again is a recommitment to a system of justice in which no government official, no private citizen, no elected official, and no group of people despite the fervency with which they press forward their grievances and claim privilege above the law. It cannot happen in the United States.
Have you figured who it is? Here’s a few hints:
He’s a black man. He likes to wear cowboy hats. He’s a sheriff. He called for schools to arm teachers. Under his watch, a man with bipolar disorder was denied water while in jail and died of dehydration.
He said he’d be taking a job as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, but he reportedly failed to properly attribute his sources at least 47 times in his 2013 master’s thesis on homeland security, titled “Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible.” He’s since rescinded his acceptance of the DHS offer. (That’s a cute way of saying they don’t want his ass.)
Congrats if you got it. Yes, it’s our very own Sheriff David Clark from Milwaukee.
He seems like the type of cop that’s tough on crime but often sounds like he’s lost his mind. He seems to know what’s right but loves to do what keeps him in the spotlight.
Those comments I gathered were from his speech at the Republican National Convention last summer. He became such of pawn of Donald J. that they reserved a job at Homeland Security for him, until someone found he cheated on his master’s thesis. All of a sudden he didn’t qualify.
Well damn! This is the same guy who’s jail staff turned off an inmate’s water and forgot to turn it back on; failed to document the water shutoff; never took the inmate out of his solitary confinement cell for his mandatory one hour of recreation time; and deprived him of a mattress for at least part of his incarceration. The prison shut off his supply of water – including his toilet – for six days until his April 24, 2016, death in his cell.
But Donald J. didn’t have a problem with none of that mess in the jail cell and almost had the nameplate engraved on Clark’s office door until someone found that the sheriff cheated on his paper.
Let an inmate die – You’re Hired!
Cheat on a paper – You’re Fired!
What an embarrassment all the way around.