Sticks and stones may very well break bones; words however, well they can be ignored … most of the time.
When I was growing up in the early ‘80s my dad was the only one working in our family until I turned 4, which was old enough for my mom to get a job, too. I understood quickly about respect. I respected my dad for going out and providing for our family and my mom for taking care of us and the household responsibilities. I also respected the “cops,” as I would always refer to them, as I would see them patrolling our streets and would marvel in amazement at their uniform and patrol car.
Fast forward to 2018, six years into my career as a law enforcement officer. I learned — very quickly — that respect was quickly diminishing in America for any type of authority. Gone were the days when officers would arrive on the scene and the people there would stop doing whatever they shouldn’t have been doing — or at least show a little respect for authority.
“Pigs! Fascist Pigs!” is what resounded through the crowd as Philadelphia’s finest moved through the non-educated, hate-filled anti-ICE protesters camp, trying to clear a path to the building that houses ICE agents (and other federal offices, as well).
At that point officers were serving, not wallowing, such as a real pig would do. These officers were performing a duty they swore to uphold for the betterment of their community. On the outside, and to the one-sided mainstream media, their actions may seem brash; but we’ve seen all too often what the softer approach has gotten us — entitled crybabies who scream as “racist” and “Nazis” while breaking the law with impunity.
Now, let’s compare two totally different animals and what their demeanor and characteristics are like.
Pigs are highly social and intelligent animals. O.K., probably not what liberals or police-hating propaganda pushers want to think about officers. We also know that pigs at times can seem nasty, wallowing in mud and eating slop. That’s how the liberal media and their cohorts want the public to view us. After all, that’s what pigs do, that’s how they live, and they won’t change.
Sheepdogs’ demeanor can be described as playful and easygoing, but they can be ready to defend in a moment’s notice. I like to think of officers in this way — we have families and hearts, and most of us would do anything for anyone in a second without hesitation. Back to the sheepdog: this animal’s purpose is to provide security to the sheep. Although the sheep do not like the sheepdog per se, they do tolerate him for the protection the sheepdog provides. Sheepdogs watch out for wolves who seek to harm and devour the sheep; they also keep the sheep in line. Now that sounds more like what a police officer would do. Protect and serve.
As for police officers, we’ve had a bad rap for a while now, and it only gets worse as the uneducated media and public alike rouse up some nonsensical illusion of police misconduct. Now I fully understand there are those out there in this line of work who abuse the badge and what it stands for; but let’s consider the vast majority who are doing what is right and fighting the good fight.
If I’m wrong I’ll admit it, but personally this is why I do it. Most men and women who chose law enforcement as their career path did so with intentions of helping someone or helping better their communities. I’ve always had a desire to help someone in need and to protect the innocent, and when I was younger I decided law enforcement seemed to fit that bill well. So if my wanting to watch over and protect the people of my community (and potentially others) from ravaging wolves when duty calls makes me a pig then … OINK! OINK!
But it doesn’t. Rest assured I’ll never deprive anyone of my services when I am called upon … and THAT makes me a sheepdog.
Josh Jones has worked for six years as a law enforcement officer in Alabama. Truth, Justice, and Common Sense.