Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Fight About the Riot

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as you may know, has announced she is going to get to the bottom of what really happened at the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

Her highness promised that the inquisition will be "non-partisan and fair." 

"We just want to know the truth," she said, asking Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to pick 5 Republicans to serve on the House Select Committee---which he did. But they did not pick the right 5.

Now McCarthy says unless Pelosi seats all 5, the Republicans will not participate with Nancy, rather they will hold their own hearing on the matter. 

And McCarthy is calling for a committee to investigate Black Lives Matter and Antifa who spawned riots all last summer.

How do voters feel about all this---You know, the people who elect these people?

And have you ever wondered how law enforcement officers really feel? Some insights.

Be informed, not misled.

In late June Pelosi announced that she would be establishing a "select committee." The House approved it.

She then announced the House Select Committee will hold its first hearing on July 27.

The resolution authorized Pelosi to select 8 members to serve on the committee, and McCarthy to select 5.

Not the right 5.

McCarthy picked Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls.

Yesterday, Pelosi released a statement that said, 

"Monday evening, the Minority Leader recommended 5 members to serve on the Select Committee. I have spoken with him this morning about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation. I also informed him that I was prepared to appoint Reps Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls and requested he recommend two other members."

And she said this: 

"With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to to the Select Committee. The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision."

The ultimatum.

House Minority Leader McCarthy said yesterday he will pull every Republican member from the House Select Committee to look into the Jan 6 riot at the US Capitol, unless Pelosi seats all 5 of his recommendations.

He tweeted: "Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts."

As of last night, Pelosi had not conceded to seat all five Republican nominees to the committee.

I'm certain we will hear more about this today.

Clearly, McCarthy is right. It's a "sham process." 

McCarthy says "Putting [Democrats] Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin on it looks more like an impeachment committee than one that wants to get to the bottom of the questions that are still out there."

McCarthy has been calling for a commission to investigate violence committed by Black Lives Matter and Antifa throughout 2020, as well as the Capitol riot.

McCarthy's thinking is closely aligned with that of the voting public.

66% of voters want Congress to investigate 2020 riots in major cities across the nation.

Rasmussen Reports and the National Police Association published a report yesterday which shows that 66% of likely US voters think Congress should investigate last year's protests, in which more than 2000 police officers suffered injuries in the line of duty. Only 21% think Congress should not investigate the riots in our streets---13% aren't sure.

According to the study of 68 cities by Major Cities Chiefs Association, in the summer of 2020 alone there were at least 574 protests that involved acts of violence, including assaults of police officers, looting, and arson.

Interestingly,  I noticed that the number of voters who want Congress to investigate last year's violent protests is higher than the 49% who say they support House Speaker Pelosi's Select Committee Investigation of the January 6 Capitol riot---42% said they don't support the Jan 6 investigation; 66% vs 42%.

This is a link to the 40-page study.

Some of the findings of the survey:

  • Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters think participants in the nationwide 2020 rioting and looting should be criminally charged, as were those who took part in the January 6 Capitol riot.
  • Sixty-five percent (65%) disagree with Black Lives Matter activists who claim that the US flag and the pro-police "Thin Blue Line" flags are symbols of racism.
  • Fifty-three percent (53%) think Congress should award medals to the law enforcement agencies that defended their cities from violent looters and rioters in 2020 similar to the awards proposed by Nancy Pelosi for the Capitol Police.
  • Sixty-eight percent (68%) think that refusing to prosecute trespassing, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, resisting arrest, and other "quality of life" crimes is likely to increase the commission of those crimes.

I found it interesting and encouraging that an overwhelming 76% of voters believe young people should be taught to comply with police rather than resist or flee arrest.

Strong majorities in all racial groups believe failure to prosecute, as the left is so given to do, raises the level of crime in the community: 59% of black voters and 70% of Hispanics. And across political party lines 77% of Republicans, 60% of Democrats, and 65% of unaffiliated voters agree.

As the left was trying to discover what gender they identity with, they were pretty sure about their "Defund the Police" slogan.

Once again the enlightened left was terribly out of step with us common folks across the country---less than 20% of all voters agree with the notion that we should "Defund the Police." More than 80% know full well how important law enforcement is to society.

Behind the scenes with the police officers.

"Law Officer" is a Christian-based organization for law enforcement officers and former officers. It gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on when the officers are not out on the street.

This particular edition of their magazine was published last summer---during all the riots we've been talking about.

Keep in mind that the Bible teaches us to support law enforcement. See Romans chapter 13, Psalm 82:3-4, Isaiah, and elsewhere.

Yes, there are some bad cops---as there are bad lawyers, doctors, preachers, firemen, and neighbors; but all are not bad. Most are good.

This edition includes a Bible study about what the cops on the street are dealing with last summer. And beyond. I recommend you take a few moments and read some of it.

The Bible study begins with: "How does God want us to respond to the crises we find ourselves in?" Then the leader quotes 2 Timothy 3:1-5 that talks about the difficulties of the "last days."

The leader identifies the challenges: 

"Many of us have had enough. We're tired, both physically and emotionally! Tired of those who falsely call us 'racist' for having the audacity to answer God's call to serve and protect the sheep (of all colors) from the wolves (of all colors) who would otherwise devour them. Tired of having our families threatened. Tired of having urine, feces or worse thrown at us as we 'hold the line' [which was the topic of the previous week's Bible study]. Tired of not being able to trust that our next meal won't have some substance added to it. Tired of the media's lies. Tired of seeing our brethren fired or arrested for doing exactly what we've been trained to do."

Then the leader pivots with this: 

"In short we're smack dab in the middle of the worst law enforcement crisis in our Nation's history. And it feels pretty overwhelming. But praise God Almighty---for those of us who have placed our trust in Christ as Lord and Savior---ultimate backup is on the way and we need to stand firm in Him until He arrives for us."

The leader then goes into how they are to biblically respond to "Racism, Lawlessness, and Law Enforcement" issues---concluding with the biblical story of  Gideon and his "reduced forces" encouraging the Christians, calling on the non-Christian cops to accept Christ as personal Savior.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.