Time for Action

The summer of 2016 is likely to be remembered as one of America’s darkest times. Racial unrest, something most Americans believed was a thing of the past, has reared its ugly head again and the result is destruction and death on a weekly basis. Politicians, community leaders and the media are doing nothing except fanning the flames, so it falls to the people do something. It falls to the people to take action before it is too late.

There is no doubt that America is facing a racial divide of the scale no one thought possible in modern times. Although it has culminated in the targeted attacks against police officers, it has also resulted in the looting and burning of businesses and a lack of peace in communities from shore to shore. This is the time when the average citizen expects the government to intervene, the media to present a message of peace and community leaders to calm the fever. But this has not happened.

ProtestThe government at almost every level has either refused to admit the real problem or catered to specific hate groups as if they represented the majority of citizens. The media has simply repeated the false rhetoric as if it were fact or used its platform as a means of spewing its own self-serving message – with more concern over ratings than the truth. Community leaders, if you can truly find one, are offering no solutions – just pointing fingers and grabbing their own 15 minutes of fame. But the American people as a whole are not satisfied, do not believe what they are hearing and want change. It is time to demand that change in the way only American’s can – peaceful protest aimed at forcing those in positions of authority to makes changes or replacing them if they refuse.

It does not matter what side of the argument you find yourself on. Pro-police, anti-police, Republican, Democrat, black or white – the majority of citizens are not happy that their neighborhoods are being torn apart, officers killed and businesses burned or looted. Those who want to see the rampant violence and lawlessness stopped need to make it clear that they feel that way. More importantly, they need to make it clear anyone who refuses to address this will hear from them again at the ballot box.

One of the greatest freedoms Americans enjoy is that of free speech. If you do not agree with the government or the actions of its agents, you have the right to voice your displeasure. But we also have a long tradition of doing so in a peaceful, democratic manner. If you disagree with specific laws, go to court or elect officials who will change them. If you disagree with the actions of officials, hold a rally or elect new people to that position. What we have never tolerated is the blatant destruction of private property, attacks on those officials or killing of law enforcement as a form of political protest. That is not protected speech, it is illegal lawlessness.

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 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.
Tom Burrell

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