Another Presidential Debate, Moving Forward


So we had the second major debate of the Republican primary for President of the United Sates, or is it the fourth? I can’t quite remember what with the small semi-debates for the “little league” candidates.  Some shined, and some did not; some helped their case and some had hurt their case.  I will say that there was no clear winner of the debate in my opinion, yet Carly Fiorina was most definitely the most knowledgeable of the candidates on the stage that night and most likely came the closest to being the winner. She was precise, accurate, and to the point on each issue that she addressed.

Donald Trump did not do himself any favors that night and came off as crude and crass. He also seemed a tad uncomfortable compared to the others around him. Once again, he did not offer up much specifics on his potions, just his usual one-liners and stoppers.  He is in no way out of the contest yet, but I do believe he is approaching critical mass in his support. Once the amount of GOP contenders renders down to 3 or 4 he will most likely start to have real trouble and I think the second debate really shows that.

Senator Rand Paul did not do so well in the debate, but neither did he harm himself, nonetheless, for him that in itself is a little bad since with his Libertarian views in a Conservative viewing Republican field and electorate he really needs to stand out and show why Republicans should support him for President.

Senator Marco Rubio actually appealed pretty strongly in the debate, such as when he referred to how he learned about being proud of this country and being a Conservative from his Grandfather in Spanish. He made it clear how having to know English is important to live here in the United States, yet at the same time how some immigrants will still be more comfortable talking in their native languages but that does not make them any less American.

Governor Scott Walker like in the first debate once again comes across very soft spoken and light. He was not the Walker viewers heard about. And it defiantly harmed him, for he just recently suspended his campaign.

Governor Jeb Bush was ok, nothing remarkable. He was neither really strong nor really weak. He did go after Trump on his record a lot, which was no surprise since has been doing so on the campaign stump the last couple of weeks.

The other candidates did ok, no harm, but also not really helping their campaigns. With Governors Rick Parry and Scott Walker now both out of the race for the Republican nomination, we are going to see in the coming few months in the lead up to 2016, most likely more candidate’s exiting the campaign and the race coalescing around 3 or 4.  As a consequence, we will finally see Donald Trump decline himself. So after another debate, the show must go on as the saying goes, with some gaining, some declining and some staying just where they are.

America’s Police Are Under Attack!


So
not even a full week since a Harris County Serif’s deputy was killed execution
style in Houston, Texas another officer was slain in the line of duty in
Illinois in the Town of Fox Lake. While obviously the cases are completely
unrelated, in the first case, the authorities are still trying to find out why
the deputy was killed at the gas station he was at. In the second the officer
was in pursuit of three suspects and got mortally wounded before his backup
could arrive. Nonetheless, both these two cases and others of the like do perhaps
raise the question of if the highly anti-police atmosphere and protests out
there have perhaps created a situation where the cops are more vulnerable to the
criminals both fighting back and even as in the first place seeking them out to
kill them.

Since the unfortunate, but highly
published police shootings of black suspects from Ferguson, Missouri’ Michael
Brown  (which by the way the police
officer involved was found to have done no wrong) and the accidental death of
Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, and the resulting riots, there has been an
extreme rise in anti-cop rhetoric that have in a lot of cases spewed hate
against police. The most notorious group is the so-called “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Their rhetoric of “pigs in a
blanket, Fri them like bacon” being the most famous does nothing but create
more bad blood for police officers. Are some of their complaints against cops for unjust practices and overuse of force in some cases justified? To a certain
extent, yes, the police are human like the rest of us and in any human
organization or fraternity there will be abuses and some wrong doings and those
most surely deserve to have our attention and be looked at to both prevent more and
punish any wrong-doing. But the way the “Black Lives Matter” movement is going
about it is totally wrong and not solving anything except more violence and
hatred for the police.

Another point of just how much more
harm the movement causes than the healing it says it is trying to do is the
perception that is put out there by just the name itself “Black lives Matter.”
That name phrase does nothing but encourage, more militancy among blacks who
feel victimized by a whole bunch of issues in today’s society. It creates no
healing because by its very name it divides. As has already been noted by
several different public figures and others already No, not Black lives matter but all life matter! We are all human
beings equal under God to be treated no differently than any other because of
some phony conceived notion of race.

To the matter at hand, is the
increased amount of negative rhetoric and anti-cop atmosphere to blame for the
increase amount of brutal police deaths, (some cases for what appeals no
apparent reason) or is there any link between the two at all?  To be sure, in the death of the Harris County
deputy where there is no clear motive behind the shooting other than the
shooters own hatred and bad blood for cops, the answer is most likely. In this
case an increased atmosphere of anti-cop rhetoric nation wide could very well
have encouraged the shooter. In the death of the Illinois officer, it is less
clear since he was shot in the pursuit of suspects.

Nonetheless, it is possible that in
that instance and others like it that the anti-cop rhetoric, are emboldening
criminals to fight back against police officers when confronted by them. At the
same time, the amount of police deaths this year and last year too comparing years is not its self a convincing argument for saying that an increase in
anti-cop attitudes are responsible for increases in cop deaths in the line of
duty.  For one according to the National
Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, www.nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/causes.html, going back several years shooting
deaths were always pretty high. In 2005, it was 60 and in 2009 it was 50 and
for 2014 it was 48 compared to the 24 this year. www.odmp.org/search/year

It is clear that there is more than
any one thing that plays to the killing of police officers and unfortunately
may just be a fact of life and the nature of the job. Police officers do
put their lives on the line to keep the peace and help others. Nonetheless, it
does not totally discount the possibility of the high amounts of police hostility
in the nation playing some hand in the deaths. For sure it is not making the
lives of police any safer and it also does not excuse the uncalled for utter
hatred and uncivilized behavior towards them by groups like “Black Lives
Matter.”