November 29, 2020
Good morning friends. I wish you all a happy and healthy day! It’s the last Sunday (and second to the last day) of November. I’m hoping December (the last month of 2020) will be a happy, healthy and prosperous month. The holidays and New Year are rapidly approaching. Time is moving at a fast pace. It often passes us by in a flash. Take the time to slow down and soak up the beauty all around you. Enjoy each new day and all it has to offer. Be grateful for all the possibilities and opportunities every new sunrise brings. We have much to be thankful for; beginning with life. It’s a gift, so don’t waste it.
Needless to say it’s been an interesting, crazy and turbulent year! So why did you think this presidential election would be any different? There are people (Americans) in our country creating and condoning much of the madness. Watching political leaders propagate unrest is even more absurd. I never thought I’d see the day fellow countrymen (including so called leaders) would be working to tear down the moral fiber of this great nation. They tout equal rights for all, but push for defunding law enforcement as a solution. How does anyone in their right mind believe demonizing the police is good, while supporting criminal activity. Leftist politicians, main stream news and social media spread this propaganda to every door step of our country and the world. The fear, hate and division this creates is real and damaging to us all. These individuals have no reservations blocking free speech, unless it mirrors their own twisted version. I spent over half my life in law enforcement. I thought I had seen the worst evil had to offer. The unscrupulous politicians at the forefront of this crazy agenda, neither love this country nor its people. They only work to serve themselves and their wealthy contributors. I’m not a fan of Joe, but hope he can bring some stability to this country. I have my doubts he’s an instigator, but rather just a pawn for his political party. The real perpetrators behind this faction are the wealthy corrupt thugs pulling the strings for the far left movement.
There is misinformation and untruths being spread by sources everywhere. How do you stay informed about what’s happening in our country or the world? Please take time to seek out fair, honest and unbiased sources for news and information. I don’t rely on main stream news, social media, entertainers, athletes or billionaires for reliable or factual information. I place my faith in trusted avenues for current affairs. Independent outlets, such as the Voice of America, report the facts, instead of fear based propaganda or misinformation. Look for true journalism over editorial opinions. Genuine news mediums exist if you take the time to search for them. I pray for our great nation and all our people. What has transpired during this election, and with other events over the last four years, have solidified my point of view. It’s difficult imagining the depth of hate, greed, arrogance and sadistic morals these involved individuals possess. The vast majority of people across our nation (democrats, republicans, independents or whatever your political affiliation) are good individuals and strive for similar desires. We want to live our lives in a free society that is safe, secure and economically thriving. There is a small percentage of the population that have an extreme agenda. This is true for both the far left or far right movements. The left has been busy acting out their plan in an unprecedented fashion over the last four years. 2020 has brought us, and our nation, to a new low. The virus closures, economic decline, deaths, violence, looting, destruction, hatred and division are all a result of one agenda. The far left and their obsessed push for control, power and wealth have brought us to this day. The fear, manipulation and messages spread by some political leaders, main stream and social media have been non-stop. The control is real and extreme. How many times in one year can unsympathetic political leaders shut down businesses, churches, weddings, funerals, family gatherings and social events?
These have been sad days for many in our Nation. The affects from the mental, physical and economic stress will be felt for years. We witnessed a never ending bashing and assault on the president during his entire term, that began the day he won the election. Were they upset Hillary didn’t win or are they just anti-America? I do not understand how good people have succumbed to this insanity. While I do not care for our president’s antics, he has done good things for our nation. I ask that you take a step back, open yourself for an honest view of what transpired during this presidency and the election. What was the basis of the initial character attack lead by democratic leaders? Maybe these career politicians felt threatened. This outspoken businessman wanted to “drain the swamp” and expose the corruption of some political leaders. I realize, as in all walks of life, there are good and bad on all sides of the political arena. How they obsessed over one man (the president of the United States) amazes me! It’s quite baffling the lengths some will take to sway, manipulate, or control others by any means necessary. This election process has been agonizing and idiotic. We (the people) need to insist our government representatives do better than they have in the past. This begins with improving a secure voting process; we can also deal with many social and economic issues facing our country. Whether corruption of this election occurred or not, it’s difficult to discern what is valid or true. Will we ever know the truth? It amazes me our country hasn’t established set controls and a secure way to ensure all votes are legitimate. Why aren’t technological advances utilized to support identification of voters and the security of their ballots. Our nation is strong and a world leader in so many areas, but we are failing in the simplest of ways. I believe when the presidency changes in January, and time passes, it will become clear who was a more beneficial leader for our country.
It breaks my heart how law enforcement officers across our nation have been treated, targeted and attacked unfairly and unjustly. The verbal abuse is foul and unwarranted, while the physical attacks are brutal and deadly. This crazy, lawless and inexcusable behavior must end. I spoke about my anniversary with the LAPD a couple weeks ago. Police work is not a glamorous or pretty job. Hollywood, “tinsel town” and the world of make believe attempt to portray it in a colorful way, using sex and violence as an entertainment tool. Their portrayal is not necessarily real life (and many times not even close to being true). Don’t believe everything you see or hear on that screen. A life on the streets means dealing with offenders, thugs, criminals and other vermin that prey on the weak. These daily occurrences are sad, tragic and never easy. Officers maintain the peace and enforce laws. Confrontations with perpetrators require police action. Some of these incidents result in the use of force to control aggressive or combative individuals. Struggles to subdue these individuals can appear brutal and ugly. When you engage in a fight for your life it rarely looks gentle or pleasant. I’ve had my share of violent encounters during arrests. Some of these situations involved criminals who would rather injure or kill me (officers) rather than submit to arrest. Few people understand the dynamics associated with these encounters. Few individuals have been in a situation that require them to fight for their life. Most do not have a clear idea of what is involved or the consequences of such an altercation. There are individuals who believe all people are good. While that is a nice thought, it isn’t necessarily reality, especially when dealing with a hard core criminal or violent offender. Some people have don’t know why force must be used; or they believe situations can be controlled with soft words and a delicate touch. Unfortunately, the world is not always a pleasant and peaceful place. There are individuals lurking in our society who have no concept of respect for others, authority or the law. This absurd mentality isn’t limited to criminals. There are people living in our society that share this sad mind set.
The most rewarding aspect of my career was when I had the opportunity to help or assist individuals suffering from tragic circumstances. Unfortunately, those times were limited, as was time spent with these people. An officer’s duties, and calls for service, keep them moving from one situation to the next. I often wish it would have been possible to stay and render more aid. In large metropolitan areas, with hundreds of calls to answer, it just isn’t feasible. My greatest satisfaction came while mentoring other officers. I was grateful I could assist others in developing their skills to reach for their goals. Witnessing officers experience personal or career growth to achieve their potential is a fabulous feeling. That was a benefit I swore to achieve when I became a supervisor. The vast majority of an officer’s time is devoured with completing reports and documentation of incidents, crimes and arrests. Contacts with good people often only occur when they’ve been victimized by criminals, involved in domestic incidents or accidents. It’s sad to realize how hate and violence have become tools for power hungry individuals. Our country is inhabited by many amazing and wonderful people. Now is the time for us to get it together to keep our nation strong and our freedoms in place. Don’t be swayed by propaganda or mixed ideologies of the extreme.
So how do we move forward into better days; Happy Holidays and a brand New Year? The answer is simple: Gratitude. There is so much to be grateful and thankful for daily. It seems like some people across America have forgotten how lucky we are to live in this beautiful nation. Consider what we have here, as compared to other lands. Every country on this planet has negative issues. Some nations have few positive attributes. Many people around the globe are subjected to isolationism, totalitarian leaders, lack of food, water or basic human services. Many lands are controlled by repressive and violent governments. People live in “sub-standard” conditions, with little to no hope of help or support. Our country has similar issues with economic distress, poverty and homelessness. Some people living in our nation will complain that their political party isn’t in control. That may be true, but in four years the balance of power will change again. We can only hope our leaders do what is fair and honest for us; and not just to bolster their own political wealth and power. Remember our elected leaders work for and represent us. It is their duty and responsibility to carry out our wishes, not their own. We must hold them accountable. Do not blindly allow them to make decisions based on their agenda. Now is the time to stand up and be heard. No more sitting on the sidelines waiting for politicians to do the right thing. It’s time for us to get it together. Let’s unite for law, order and freedom. The holidays offer the perfect opportunity for us all to show respect, love, and compassion to one another. If we begin now, we can carry our goodness through December, 2021 and beyond. We can make it a fantastic New Year! Begin with smiles, kindness and show gratitude.
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!