To combat eight years of steady dismissal by outgoing President Obama, Donald Trump’s inaugural parade would be the perfect opportunity for Americans to show their appreciation of our police, fire, and emergency teams.
As a gesture of goodwill and support, the inauguration committee should offer every law enforcement, fire district, emergency response community one place in a marching unit at the head of the parade. While many organizations may not be able to participate, thousands of others could send a representative.
As this sea of blue, brown, and green uniforms march down Constitution Avenue, the crowd’s cheers will help to drown out the 96 months of disparagement from President Obama and his administration.
The recent wave of deaths suffered by police, firemen, and emergency units from shooters, arsonists, and pillagers is still fresh in the minds of ordinary Americans. Still present is their feeling the outgoing President has not sufficiently supported state and local law enforcement agencies in their struggle with rising crime and civic disorder.
One of the factors in voters’ decision that was little noted by the national media was the rising fear of anarchy voiced by respondents leaving the voting booths. In a nation rooted in law and civic obedience, President Obama did not adequately address their fears. While jobs was the main deciding election issue, family safety affected many white voters. Also in black communities, safety was an important factor in their decision.
The nation’s first line defenders, police, fire, emergency crews were told by President Obama they were racists. In many cases, this label was applied to minority members of these groups as well. Presidential tarring of all members, regardless of racial background, with that label weakened the fabric of America’s civic stability.
For eight years, Democrats and their allies threw the word “racist” at political and other opponents indiscriminately. But as other demigods and politicians discovered in the past, sometimes an overused word can often lose its impact. Perhaps it is happening in this post-election period.
As President-elect Trump builds his cabinet the Democratic opposition is already trying to weaken efforts to strengthen presidential support for law enforcement efforts. Using the racist label based on one comment made more than 35 years ago, they are attempting to sidetrack Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
Little noted during this year’s campaign, every Justice Department investigation into cases of racial injustice and murder resulted in no convictions, nor much if any federal prosecution. The calls for investigations almost always resulted in no action. Often the initial call and inquiry led to big headlines but the results are often buried.
President Obama never addressed the violence inherent in Black neighborhoods in which Blacks killed Blacks to an unprecedented degree.
In his own native Chicago, murders soared yet the Justice Department did nothing during his tenure. Ironically, President Obama is not returning to that Illinois city but staying in Washington DC. He says it is because of his youngest daughter’s schooling. Perhaps it is too dangerous there for him and his family.
Clearly drugs, joblessness, lack of opportunity are contributing to the nation’s unease. Unfortunately, President Obama’s focus on racism and police actions obscured many issues and prevented real dialogue about the crime problems.
With Trump’s election the nation gave a resounding endorsement of police efforts. Take away the northeast states and California, the nation’s map is a sea of Republican leadership. A majority of police and fire organizations offered their support to Trump either formally or through other actions. He in turn has shown a marked enthusiasm for a more even-handed approach to the interaction between civic authorities and civilians.
His nomination of Senator Sessions will be one test of his ardor.
Asking our police, fire, and emergency crews to participate in the Inaugural Parade will give the nation a solid reassurance. Equally as important, it will show the nation’s support for them, which is certainly needed.