I referenced Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, this morning. Now he's written an op-ed piece for The Hill that sets out in detail, and very bluntly, his views on Black Lives Matter. Here are some excerpts, but you really need to read the whole thing.
This is a war, and Black Lives Matter is the enemy
Americans watching the news of the murders of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are observing a civil war unfold within our borders. A war between rule of law and anarchy-seeking hate.
The murders in Baton Rouge, and before them Dallas, were not acts of domestic terrorism but guerrilla urban warfare against the police - who represent law and order - against the Constitution, and against the American way. The police, the men and women whom I as the Sheriff of Milwaukee County ask to put their lives on the line, are on the front lines of this war.
It’s time to come to the aid of our police, our front-line soldiers, by calling this war, and not terrorism. Avoiding the truth through wordsmithing – the false narrative of the lone-wolf – is contemptible as more innocent officers perish while our politicians hem and haw.
We as a people need to declare that we stand with rule of law, and not with the false tales of the revolutionary Marxist forces, who most recently have rebranded themselves from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter.
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We have several forces internal and external attacking our rule of law: ISIS, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street – just the most recent iterations of the elements who brand themselves as unique but seek the same revolutionary aim: take down the West, the philosophy of equality before the law, and replace it with their authority, their rules, their hate.
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It’s time to reclaim our future and it begins by condemning Black Lives Matter, organizers and inspiration for hate, friend to enemies of law and order.
There's more at the link. It's worth your time to read it all.
I should point out that Sheriff Clarke is a Democrat, not a Republican. That confirms my long-held belief that the party is irrelevant; it's the individual that counts. I'd vote for a man like Sheriff Clarke regardless of his political party. I can only add that I support and endorse his views on BLM. Readers will note that he says much the same as I did last Thursday and this morning, only more bluntly. He did the same in a stormy interview on CNN yesterday.
Perhaps I should take a leaf out of his book, and stop trying to be polite in the way I put things . . .