I generally keep things pretty a-political here. Not necessarily, politically correct, but somewhat non-controversial. However, I’ve observed a few things in the news which makes me wonder about a few things. Perhaps I’m the crazy one here, but where’s the justice today?
I think it odd that people would demand equal representation in the media for someone who is shot in an altercation with a police officer vs. another police officer killed in the line of duty. In this instance one has dedicated his life to service, first in the military, then in the police force. He is shot point blank, without warning, by a seemingly harmless shoplifter. Nothing is ever as it seems, though. Another has had a troubled life, apparently making poor choices. In what could have been a routine stop, he chooses to run and when tackled by the officer grabs the officer’s gun and tries to shoot him. Instead, he is shot in the struggle. Tragic for him and his family, but not the result of doing his job. Certainly, every soul is equally precious in the sight of God, but only one of these men deserves an honors funeral.
In other news, people make a big fuss over a photograph depicting the desecration of the bodies of people killed in combat. I don’t recall a similar response when the organization, for which these people fought, killed and maimed our military personnel. I think our men should hold themselves to a higher standard, but I don’t condemn them as monsters. War is hell, people, and until the self-righteous live a few months (or years) in a war zone, don’t judge. I recall a conversation I had with a Vietnam veteran when I was in college. I wanted to interview him for a Veteran’s Day article for the school newspaper, and he politely declined. He told me he appreciated my interest, but nothing he said could convey what he had lived. I wasn’t sure I understood what he meant, and now I know I will never understand. The more I read about war, the less I like it. Yet, there are so few alternatives in a world where evil exists. I, for one, am very grateful for our military personnel, both past and present. If we had not taken a stand in World War II, as a very simplified illustration, we’d all be blonde haired and blue-eyed…at least the ones of us who were allowed to be born to propagate the “super race.” Visualizing world peace ain’t gonna cut it, people.
Which brings me to probably my most controversial point, abortion and racism. If a white adult kills a minority adult, it is called a hate crime. Yet, a white doctor (or a doctor of any color) can perform a surgical procedure on a minority woman which ends the life she is carrying and/or prevents her from further reproduction, and it’s called a healthcare initiative, one which is funded by government money. So, in effect, the government is funding hate crimes because census.gov reports that from 1990 to 2007, an average of 75% of the abortions performed were on minority women. I don’t see it any other way, but as a giant racist plot. And the unbelievable part, is the abortionists have convinced minorities that pro-lifers are the racists. Minorities are actually voting into office their own murderers. Talk about one slick marketing campaign.
So, there you have it. I think I covered the major controversies out there…police brutality, military misconduct, abortion, and racism. My question, “Where’s the justice?”
We can grieve the deaths of people who don’t make good choices and the ones killed in the line of duty. Both groups have families who mourn them equally. But the ones who give their lives to serve deserve the funerals that reflect their sacrifice.
We can be disappointed in the actions of people we expect to act with greater character, but we can’t forget the unspeakable acts they have seen and lived, nor the sacrifice they make to ensure our ability to live a generally self-righteous life.
We must wake up to the fact that abortion is about more than a convenient choice for the millions of minorities it targets. It is the ultimate hate crime.