I was with the Dallas Police Dept tonight, and here’s what I think…

by LTC ALLEN WEST (US ARMY RET) July 8, 2016

Tonight I went by the North East Division of the Dallas Police Department to pay my regards to the officers about to go out on shift at 7pm roll call. There were officers who had gotten the call to pack riot gear and work security for the protest that was going to happen in downtown Dallas.To my horror, and concern, I watched the events unfold in downtown Dallas near where I go for Fox News interviews, at 1200 Main Street.

We now know there are four law enforcement officers dead, three Dallas Police Department and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit, along with a reported 11 officers shot, plus one civilian. My condolences go out to the families of those killed and wounded. All this comes from two snipers who opened fire upon these officers who were doing their duty to protect the civilians executing their First Amendment rights - to protest. No shooters are in custody.

All this occurred, and was being played out elsewhere, in protests called for by social media in response to two police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Two black males were shot, but the facts are not known. However, earlier today President Obama decided to weigh in - my question is, will he weigh in on this?

Why does no one protest when countless blacks are killed in Chicago? Why did no one protest when Kate Steinle and others are gunned down by illegal immigrants? Why are there no protests when our law enforcement officers are gunned down? Heck, why were there no calls for protests after San Bernardino and Orlando?

Here's the deal, the progressive socialist left has been building this tinderbox and it was just set afire. They've been stoking this potential wildfire and our worst fears suddenly came to fruition. They've allowed people to march and chant "What do we want, dead cops, when do we want them, now" and "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon." There have been countless rushes to judgment - namely Ferguson, Missouri - along with the incessant castigations of racism, and this is where it ends. 

In North Charleston, SC a bad cop is in jail and will certainly be held accountable for his actions. But what did we see in Charleston, including the Mother Emmanuel Church shooting - no rabble rousing, just justice being served. That is how a civilized society exists, operates and sustains itself.

But that is not the world of the followers of Saul Alinsky, the rules for radicals. And they know exactly who they are.

These officers answered the call of duty to protect those who were protesting them, a police force that had nothing to do with Louisiana or Minnesota. And sadly, the families of four of the members of the Thin Blue Line will get the news. They left home today and sad goodbye for the last time. And yet still, if you are watching the news, there are those who are still taunting the police officers. This is a collapse of civil society, and it does not end well, but this is the result of those who have used social media to drive people into a frenzy.

This is what happens when radicals ascend to positions of power, and a nation is fundamentally transformed.

Lt. Col (Retired) Allen West served 22 years in the US Army and represented Florida's 22nd Congressional District in the US House of Representatives from 2011-2013. To hear more from Col. West, visit www.allenbwest.com.

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