By LeaAnne Klentzman
Go ahead, wrap yourself in the ole red, white and blue. Support the troops and be proud to be an American … until that US Constitution, upsets your constitution.
As a Nation, likeminded or not, we send our military into harm’s way under the tenets of the United States Constitution. You know, all that old parchment in Washington about government of the people, for the people, and by the people. All those rules that keep the government from oppressing the people. Well, imagine the shock and surprise that local law enforcement officers are feeling across Fort Bend County as they are being forced into silence by the governmental agencies they work for. It is all under the guise of getting along.
Recently, it was explained that if an officer or a group of officers are perceived to support a particular candidate and that candidate loses, then the officer’s law enforcement agency might have to face the brunt of the winner’s wrath. Wow, that might present an uncomfortable moment for some poor city or county administrator, which in turn might cause them to have to endure a nasty snipe for allowing their employees to experience Freedom. Huh, what a concept.
Now mind you, many of those employees are the same ones that have served this country (that would be us – you and me) to make sure these Freedoms are protected. So does this mean that those Freedoms are protected somewhere else, but not here in Fort Bend County? Has the United States Constitution taken a holiday during this election season? As it stands today, it appears that only some employees, in some agencies, are afforded the Freedom of Speech, and that appears only to be when and where their governmental representatives think appropriate. Which could lead to the erosion of other Freedoms like that pesky old 4th Amendment, where without the proper connections or buddy one could find themselves in the middle of an unlawful search and seizure? Could that loss of Freedom be overlooked? How about the Freedom to practice your religion? More correctly, the religion of your choice? Want to see that Freedom slide further away? It is a mighty slippery slope.
So the next time you are busy waving the Stars and Stripes at some rally, remember those governmental employees standing beside you, protecting you, are the front line between you and tyranny. They fight for your Freedoms both here and in foreign theaters only now to find themselves fighting against the oppression of their local government – right here at home. It’s dumb and criminal.
Instead of shock and Awe, we should all be shocked and ashamed.