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Thick Skin Needed To Apply | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Thick Skin Needed To Apply

In the hours leading up to the Super Bowl, social media was blowing up. There were the expected predictions concerning who the winner would be, recipes for get together recipes and even the “inside scoop” on whether or not Peyton Manning would announce his retirement. All of this was expected, what was not expected was a call from primarily law enforcement members to boycott the halftime show.

Early Sunday morning, reports began to circulate concerning the scheduled halftime performance which was to include Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé. Beyoncé – long known for her outspoken support for the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter movements, had released her latest music video and some viewers saw it as an open shot against law enforcement. Furthermore, there were reports that her upcoming Super Bowl appearance would be used as a national forum to further her anti-police views. Facebook pages and Twitter feeds were sent and resent calling for a boycott of the show and questioning the NFL’s attitude. Following the performance, which I didn’t think was either all that great or openly anti- law enforcement, the fever only increased.

Super BowlComments included:

“NFL should be ashamed of themselves for allowing it”

“Yet she had no problem requesting a police escort before the game- typical liberal hypocritical clown”

“Imagine if Waylon Jennings was brought out to sing the Dukes of Hazard theme song in the General Lee…would it have been allowed”

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani even had his say during a Monday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends” when he stated “This is football, not Hollywood.”

To be honest, I am no fan of Beyoncé, Coldplay or Bruno Mars and would have a hard time picking any of them out of a crowd. It has nothing to do with their social views, it’s because I do not care for their music. Although I can say that hearing all the outrage only furthers my belief that they are not my type of entertainers, I do not feel I needed to turn off the halftime show. I already boycott their activities by not buying their product. To make a national media case for anything more only furthers their agenda and provides free publicity for them and their causes.

If as a police officer you have not learned it yet, let me be the first to tell you- despite all the good you do and the service you provide a great number of people do not like you. Get over it and move on. If you are looking for undying admiration, maybe you should have been a fireman. I suggest that next time you are asked “What did you think of Beyoncé’s performance?” You should respond “Who? Never heard of her.” and then find a little silent personal joy next time it is reported she or her crew needed to rely on the police for something.

Certain jobs require certain character traits and, when it comes to police work, thick skin is definitely on the “must possess” list, right behind large bladder and ability to detect B.S.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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