The resent discipline of officers assigned to the Jersey City Police Department Emergency Services Unit because they wore an unauthorized patch on their uniforms which wasn’t approved by department, against code and procedures, is a reasonable act implemented by their superiors.
My only indecision is related to the potential discipline of any officer allegedly belonging to an organization, which is their right as Americans, especially an organization described by the “American Defamation League” that defends the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights? Then in the same breath labels them as anti-American government. Their contradictory evaluation is baffling?
Presently we haven’t heard of any known incidences of violence created by them known as the “Three Percent” So why are we immediately rushing to judgment against these officers? Why are we throwing out the first stone? Since when is it a crime to peacefully criticize one’s government?
I am not a “Three Percent” member nor do I believe in all that they stand for, but I do believe in defending and preserving the United States Constitution and our “Bill of Rights” I don’t condone any degree of violence. I would be the first to demand the prosecution of anyone that uses any forms of intimation or harm physically or mentally to strong arm their ideologies on us all. There are legal peaceful ways to demonstrating any outrage, protest and to instigate change, given to us by our forefathers.
Doesn’t the oath of office for President of The United States starts with “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.
Aren’t these same solemn words to “preserve, protect and defend, the Constitution” are etched into the oath of office for our United States senators, members of congress and cabinet posts? Don’t our elected state and local officials affirm these same words? Don’t our military personnel, law enforcement and others say it freely?
Are we so naive as to give our complete trust to anyone? Isn’t it “In God we Trust? Who authorized the A.D.L. exclusive powers to be judge, jury or executioner? Are we holding every word written including any unverified accusations by them or anyone else as complete truth, hopefully not? We are Americans living in the greatest country of the world and in history. We have God given inalienable rights, which must never be relinquished. We must always question authority, and never blindly follow? Remember the famous words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:
First they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out—
Because I wasn’t a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn’t speak out—
Because I wasn’t a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out—
Because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
William P. Frasca
Jersey City, N.J.