Monthly Archives: July 2016

Stop scaring people with lies

July 18, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Way back in my previous life, so to speak, when I was the Undersheriff in Kit Carson County, Colorado, I was at the fairgrounds in Burlington, when a young mother walked by almost dragging a little boy, who was obviously not wanting to leave the carnival.

 

As we met on the walkway, the mother told her ward, “See there is the sheriff. If you don’t behave, he will throw you in jail.”

 

I looked at the little boy and could see the fear on his face. I bent down and said, “You tell your mother that we don’t throw little boys in jail. We like kids and we are always willing to help you. Okay?”

 

After I received a reluctant nod from the teary-eyed young man, I looked at the mother and asked her bluntly not to use uniformed officers to scare her child. I explained that he may need a policeman or sheriff’s deputy to help him some day and the last thing we want is for him to be afraid to call on us.

 

I found out later that I was not alone in this sort of encounter. One police officer told me of a young girl that became separated from her family and, rather than respond to the calls of police officers looking for her, she hid from them. I heard many other similar stories from my peers over the years.

 

On a much larger scale, what is happening now is very similar to what happened to those young people: they were made to fear someone who was really there to help, and the comments made by President Obama and his minions are tantamount to telling children to be afraid of police officers. Every time that the president condones the actions of groups like Black Lives Matter, he in effect is telling everyone that all police officers are bad and that they will shoot you based only on the color of your skin. He is wrong and he has literally become an accomplice in the recent violence perpetrated against our law enforcement community. These young minds that have vacuums needing filled are looking to the first black man to occupy the oval office and rationalizing that they are doing what he wants them to do when they display a hate for anyone carrying a badge.

 

Oh sure, Barack Obama will walk up to a lectern as soon as he can following another attack on a police officer and he will give a speech telling everyone that he is praying for the families and the victims. Then, almost without taking a breath, he will in some way either endorse the “peaceful” demonstrations or bring up his favorite topic of the moment, usually gun control.

 

And, his followers listen. They conveniently forget his negative attitude when he said that police “acted stupidly.” They choose not to acknowledge his references to non-existent statistics, the latest being that “we flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.”

 

For most people, that statement is a blatant lie on it surface, but to those who are like that small child being dragged home by his mother, it is a scary statement and they believe it because of its source. Like that small child, most of these people are not stupid, they are merely ignorant, but when the mainstream media chooses to promulgate the lie, it becomes extremely difficult to expose the truth. When they keep playing the sound byte without giving any reference to the other side of the coin, we find ourselves at a great disadvantage. But, we must not give up. Ignorance can be fixed. The first tool in our toolbox is our vote. We must vote these people out. The second tool is our common sense. We must be willing to bend over and tell the truth to those who are not being told the truth by their leaders or by their news and entertainment sources.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

 

 

We need to know the facts

July 11, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

On the wall behind me is a shadow box frame that displays various memorabilia from my days as a law enforcement officer. While I only served in two sheriff’s offices, I also served on three different task forces made up of officers from several other agencies. As such, I carried credentials from other agencies, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. I also had “special deputy” status from a number of sheriff’s from around Colorado.

 

I have been out of the law enforcement game for as many years as I was in it, but I still have a special sense of brotherhood with those who are employed today. I do not know many of them personally, nor do I need to. I know that times are different now than they were 20-plus years ago. I know that I probably do not understand all the nuances of today’s officers, but I still believe I understand enough to know they are in a very difficult position.

 

I knew people who carried a badge that probably should not have been carrying one. I knew a couple of bad cops. I knew a hell of a lot more that were very dedicated to their profession, and when I see that five police officers were gunned down in the streets of Dallas, I know that the odds are that they were among those dedicated to doing right by the citizens of Dallas.

 

When I see the organized efforts of people involved in Black Lives Matter and in the (New) Black Panthers to belittle, degrade and even murder police officers, it makes me physically sick.

 

When I see various news sources describe black people killed by officers as part of a “body count,” and see those same news sources describe the killing of five white police officers as “a shooting following a peaceful protest,” I have to wonder who are the real racists.

 

When I see the president of the United States jump to conclusions every time a black man is killed by a police officer, and never mention the carnage taking place in the inner cities of places like New York and Chicago, I have to wonder who is the real racist.

 

When I see the attorney general of the United States literally mandating the policies of local law enforcement as it relates to their treatment of people of color and open civil rights investigations when a white officer kills a black person, but not even mention civil rights when the tables are turned, I have to ask, “Who is the real racist?”

 

Last April Heather MacDonald gave a speech at Hillsdale College. The text was printed in the college’s Imprimis newsletter, which I get a copy of each month.

 

MacDonald pointed out how the statistics of fatal police shootings are manipulated by those who have an agenda. Now, MacDonald likely has an agenda too, but I happen to believe she is an amazing author and speaker. She has a B.A. from Yale, an M.A. in English from Cambridge University and a J.D from Stanford Law School, so her credentials are very impressive. Immediately following the first and often slanted coverage of the Dallas shootings, I went looking for my copy of the April Imprimis. It can still be found at hillsdale.edu and I encourage all of you to read it in its entirety. Here is one paragraph of the speech. Remember, this was last April:

 

The number of police officers killed in shootings more than doubled during the first three months of 2016. In fact, officers are at much greater risk from blacks than unarmed blacks are from the police. Over the last decade, an officer’s chance of getting killed by a black has been 18.5 times higher than the chance of an unarmed black getting killed by a cop.

Again, please read the whole speech. I do not have permission to reprint it here, otherwise I would. More importantly, digest what MacDonald says. It is important that we understand the whole picture and not rely only on what is vomited out by largely biased news organizations.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

Time to review the Declaration

July 4, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

 

For the past few days I have had friends a family, mostly family, at my home for our annual July party. We had 51 for our meal on Saturday. Politics, for the most part are banned during these get-togethers, but this year concerns boiled to the top several times. Almost every time the subject came up someone expressed concern about where our country is headed and how much it has changed in the last decade. I was reminded that, while most people recognize the introductory portion of the Declaration of Independence, many do not know much about what is in the body of that important document – the document that started us on a pathway of becoming a sovereign representative republic.

 

I think that on such an important day as this day is we should reflect a little on some of the statements made in the body of the Declaration. We must remember that this document was a long time coming and that the King was the problem. Sadly, some of the allegations of the abusive power of the King sound all too familiar today:

 

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices…

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation…

So, today, of all days, we should sit back and reflect on what has happened to this country of ours and how we are going to get it back on track. Unfortunately, we may have to once again choose the lesser of two evils, but we must do it. We may have to agree to disagree, but we must do it. We may have to accept the leadership of one as opposed to the non-leadership of another, regardless of our knowing up front that we are not getting all we want.

Above all, this election cycle, we must look ahead. We must not allow the obstruction of administration of our laws by allowing the appointment of judges and justices based on their willingness to bow to extreme left-winged agendas.

We must not allow a lawless, liar to occupy the highest office in the land. We must read the Declaration and vow to remember what caused it to be signed by those 56 great patriots. We must celebrate the birthday with much more than parties and fireworks.

Have a great day

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016