Monday, June 15, 2020

Truckers Will Not Serve Cities That Defund Police Dept.

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A vast majority--- nearly 8 in 10---truck drivers are vowing to halt deliveries to cities that defund or disband their police departments, according to a recent poll.

The impact on people living in these cities will be significant.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told CBS yesterday she has had an "epiphany" regarding the future of policing in the city.

Be informed.

Decisions have consequences.

Long haul truck drivers have been on the front lines of the Wuhan virus for the past year due to stay at home orders requiring most Americans to buy goods online.

Now our country has morphed from virus to violence. To cultural insanity, and lawlessness.

Truckers are saying it's been bad enough to deal with protesters, often violent protesters, now without a police presence, it's a risk too great to take.

A recent poll among long haul truck drivers found that 79% said they feel their safety would be at risk if they had to deliver to a city with a disbanded or defunded police force.

Many truckers, as of June 13, 2020-- 79% of them, are worried about having to deliver into cities like Minneapolis, where Lisa Bender, the city council president, said last week,
"It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe. Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period"...Adding that the city council is "committed to terminating Minneapolis' relationship with the police force."

Other cities from New York to Los Angles are stumbling down a similar path, promising to reallocate tens of millions of dollars now spent on policing, to other programs including social workers, councilors, and education.

The truckers responding to the poll are also commenting:
"Most places we go already can be dicy and about the only time you see a cop is when lights is on behind you. For my own safety and security of my customer's loads, I have already informed my dispatcher that I will refuse all loads into cities that have defunded their police departments."

One driver said,
"I will not deliver to an area with a disbanded police department. My life matters and I do this for my family. We are already at the mercy of these towns and cities with laws and hate against us for parking, getting a meal or even using a restroom."

Another driver said: "Simple. We may not like it all the time, but laws and order are necessary."

Interestingly, a 2018 report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked truck driving as the most dangerous job in the country with construction workers (2), ranchers (3) groundskeepers (4th) and "miscellaneous ag employees" number 5.

If only the "evolved elite" could understand these simple truths---and see how they're being played by a leftist minority---and get a glimpse of what the consequences of their decisions are going to look like.

No one questions that police officers who commit crimes---including murder--- against blacks or anyone else, must be held accountable.

Rasmussen published a survey yesterday which found that "few Americans believe there are too many cops in this country"---and "most reject the push by the political left to defund police departments."

I was personally surprised (and disappointed) at the number of Americans who "agree" with the political left: 59% are opposed to cutting funding to local police, but 27% support it, with 14% who don't know what they think.

Our most basic institutions are under seize.

Yesterday was "Flag Day." Some thoughts on "burning" and "saluting."

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress selected the Flag of the United States. The decision was made in the middle of an eight-year-long war to extract ourselves from under the domination of the most powerful globalist king in world history.

The Pledge of Allegiance that followed, affirms what has been true about America from the beginning. Faith in a transcendent, sovereign God was in the public philosophy from the beginning. Francis Shaeffer called it "a Christian consensus."

America's story opened with the first words of the Bible, "In the beginning God..."

Some of the following is from a book written by William Federer, titled: "Change to Chains."

Years later in 1966, Washington State's own Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas---not known as a religious man---would write for the majority, "We are truthfully one nation under God and our institutions presuppose a Divine Being."

He continued,
"Only a nation founded on theistic presupposition would adopt a first amendment to ensure the free exercise of all religions or of none. The government would be neutral among the many denominations and no one church would become the state church. But America and its institutions of government could not be neutral about God."

Since Justice Douglas' time on the Court, there are those among us who have worked tirelessly to not only neutralize America's institutions toward God, but to create a hostility toward Him. And the people who publicly follow Him.

On Flag Day June 14, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Public Law 396 adding the phrase "One Nation Under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The words "under God" were taken from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

The public law continues with these instructions:
"Such pledge should be rendered by standing with the right hand over the heart. However civilians will always show full respect to the flag when the pledge is given by merely standing at attention, men removing the headdress. Persons in uniform shall render the military salute."

In my lifetime, and probably yours, we've witnessed a change of attitude that makes "burning" an American flag more socially conscious than saluting one. And taking a knee while others are pledging allegiance to the flag and to the Republic for which it stands, more courageous.

Our institutions are under attack by an ideology that is foreign to anything America has ever been or ever hoped to be.

Yesterday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told CBS' "Face The Nation" that while watching 60,000 people marching for "Black Lives Matter," she had an "epiphany." Without giving any details, she promised "policing in Seattle will never be the same again."


Kneeling is the universal sign of surrender. While pledging allegiance to "the republic" for which the flag stands, is a statement about taking responsibility. Because in a republic, the citizens are the "king"---not a despot with numerals after his name.

American citizens have chosen to rule themselves "under God" by voting. By kneeling to the winds of progressive "epiphanies," we are surrendering our freedoms---religious and otherwise---and relinquishing authority over our own lives that God has given us. It's called Liberty and Freedom, under God.

Be Informed, but not Deceived. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Vote.