Unlike so many other union jobs across the country, Police Officers are generally not allowed to stage a walkout, or take any other form of action in order to express their upset with the job. If things suck, if the politics are against you...if you have a mayor of a big city who is supposed to be your advocate but generally does not have a clue...there's not a whole lot you can do on the face of it.
You go to work; you serve those who least deserve your time and effort, you deal with endless public scrutiny, and then you go home and allow your family to provide you with a soft place to land.
Of course, when Police Officers across America are getting slaughtered left and right, you deal with a level of frustration that most of us---at any job---rarely have to deal with.
It occurred to me yesterday that most Officers probably feel that their hands are tied. Where is their voice, as another Officer outside of Chicago makes the ultimate sacrifice?
Wouldn't it be great if the bloviating politicians of the day chose to make a statement, and come out hard and say "NO MORE?"
Wouldn't it be a revelation if every single security detail of every single politician in America declared a massive walkout, leaving these people that we have elected left to fend for themselves?
Wouldn't it be fabulous if Lt. Charles Joseph "Joe" Gliniewicz was not shot dead yesterday? Wouldn't it be amazing if this man was not the twenty-fourth law enforcement death this calendar year?
Wouldn't it be a different world if police were in fact allowed to police?
What would the day look like? Would it be different if four boys woke up today to an intact family, instead of planning their father's funeral?
I bet it would. I bet any amount of money that if Blue Lives Mattered...really mattered to those who are supposed to have the back of yours and mine...I bet that we wouldn't need the slogan to begin with...and that our world would be a better place today.