February 29th, 2024
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larry phillips mugshotGUEST COLUMN, Larry Phillips, Kismet


An online article at the Wichita Eagle recently caught my eye and made me look into how many law enforcement officers have been killed in recent years — officers murdered by these leftist groups and their followers which hate America and are abetted by the Lame Stream Media.

In an AP story dated April 17, “Authorities say a Florida police officer is recovering after being attacked during a traffic stop.

“A Lake Wales police report says Officer Colt Black was in stable condition Tuesday at Lakeland Regional Medical Center with injuries to his head, arm and leg.”

An Hispanic, Marcelino Jimenez-Cruz, 41, was riding a bicycle without a headlamp one night. He fled when Black tried to stop him. Naturally, the officer caught up with him and in the melee that followed, Black tried to tazer Jimenez-Cruz, but he badly beat the officer.

In my opinion, the officer should have shot him dead when he was physically threatened by this man – it’s a legal right. But, the Liberal Democrats would go on a rampage, and city councils across the nation don’t want that.


It’s mainly because these cities are controlled by progressive Democrats.

“Since the start of 2018, at least 27 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty,” according to an April 13 report by Madeline Farber at Fox News.

Last year, in 2017, a total of 129 officers died, but in 2016, that number was 135. Ironically, that was the last year of President Barack Obama’s term. 

During his tenure of disrespect for all law enforcement, Obama managed to turn race relations in this nation back 50 years. That’s one of Obama’s legacies we have to rid ourselves of.

But the nation’s biggest obstacle is the major media. When groups like Black Lives Matter block public streets screaming they want “dead pigs” and want them “dead now,” the major media didn’t say a word.

Some of them showed the marches, but I never heard one comment – say from Rachel “Mad Cow” Maddow – condemning what the group was proposing. They did the same during the riots and arsons of Ferguson, Mo., too.

They were silent because they had a racist President in office who never took the side of law enforcement in all the racial incidents during his terms. And Democrats in these cities allowed riots to go nearly unchallenged. They knew Obama had their backs, too.

Then you have the Nazis that call themselves ANTIFA – short for Anti-Fascists – which is ironic because they use fascist tactics to attack their supposed enemies. What a sick joke. 

They are fascists. Period. And they should be treated as such. They are also unchallenged by Democrats. Remember the riots started by Antifa members last summer at Berkeley, Calif.?

Even the leftist Washington Post couldn’t dismiss it. The paper’s Aug. 28 online story led with the headline: “Black-clad Antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley.”

The Post had to call them “right-wing demonstrators,” and nowhere in the article was there any opposing views or statements reported. 

It did note: “Their faces hidden behind black bandanas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and Antifa – “anti-fascist” – members barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.”

And it noted, ironically, that the Antifa’s attacked: “… a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a ‘Rally Against Hate’ gathering.”

They attacked people who were rallying against hate, and called those attacked “… right-wing demonstrators?” That tells you all you need to know about Antifa members – and the Washington Post.

And where was the Berkeley Police? Well, they showed up, but they only arrested 13 people on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing officers and some municipality codes.

Again, what’s wrong with using deadly force on people who are trying to kill peaceful marchers? If they did that, those Nazis would think twice about attacking more people they disdain.

But again, the City of Berkeley is ruled by left-wing Democrats.

When looking at statistics about police officers being killed this year, there are three states where three officers have been murdered – the most of any states in America. They were: New York, California and Kentucky.

Kentucky doesn’t fit since it’s not a Blue state, but the other two are obvious – lawlessness is accepted in those sanctuary states controlled by Democrats.

I found a truly insulting statement by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after the shooting death of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, 53, on Feb. 13, an officer with 31 years on the force.

Rahm called Bauer’s death “… a tragic reminder of the dangerous duty the men and women of our police department accept to ensure the safety of us all.”

Yet, the ruling Democrats in Chicago make it nearly impossible for law-abiding citizens to purchase guns for self-defense. The city is a cesspool of lawlessness, and why anyone would live in – or even visit – such a place is beyond belief.

Two more additional law enforcement officers were assassinated while on duty in Florida on April 19.

Hopefully, many of the Democrats out there are re-evaluating what their party stands for and realizes the party’s leaders no longer concern themselves with the common American or what’s good for the country. 

Or what’s good for them and their families.

GUEST COLUMN, Kim Baldwin, Kansas Farm Bureau


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