5 concerns when politicians say: Law and order!
We have seen this before but, perhaps, not to scale / level, we are currently witnessing it! In the last half century, this is at least the third time it has been the weapon of a politician. Who can forget, Richard Nixon, using this rhetoric, in 1968, or Ronald Reagan, in his 1980s campaign, and, perhaps, because it seemed to be effective, then, Donald Trump’s campaign, has taken this to new heights! Perhaps a key difference is that, while Nixon and Reagan, they used the words Law & Order, repeatedly, when they were first running for office, and not when they were trying to get reelected, the current occupant of the White House. , seems to be strongly, trusting, appealing to fears, anxieties, prejudices, etc. of Americans, blaming and complaining about his opponents, even though he’s been the president for the past four years! With that in mind, this article will briefly attempt to consider, examine, review, and discuss 5 concerns we should have about this approach and appeal.
1. Black Lives Matter / systemic racism: Due to the recent exposure of what appears to be misconduct, by a small number of police officers, primarily targeting men of color, we should not have been surprised, the Black Lives Matter movement and associated protests. , came, at the forefront! Because there have been numerous incidents of this behavior and apparent evidence of systemic racism in many areas of American life! Instead of trying to appeal, to have a meeting of minds, for the common good, President Trump has done, almost, the opposite! Instead of showing and demonstrating any necessary degree of genuine empathy, he appears to be using unassociated criminal activities, looting, arson, etc., by a few who, may or may not, have also been! It appears that the protesters they are inciting their main supporters, appealing to their fears and anxieties!
two. Most of the police are good, but there are some bad apples: Although the vast majority of police are good, dedicated and hardworking people, there are unfortunately a few bad apples! Trump’s rhetoric has tended to defend all police and accuse all protesters against the police, which is divisive and dangerous for a harmonious and safer society!
3. Political rhetoric / messages: When a politician uses rhetoric, which appears to be a negative and divisive message, the so-called appeal to Law and Order is the opposite.
Four. Department of Justice / AG Barr Behavior / No One Above the Law: Historically, the Attorney General has behaved like the people’s attorney, but Mr. Barr’s behavior seems as if he is focused on defending this President and his personal interests. What happened to the concept that no one is above the law? If our Justice Department does not enforce all laws, but proceeds, with selective emphasis, that seems to coincide with the President’s personal / political agenda and / or self-interest, it is a dangerous precedent, for the guarantees of our Constitution. !
5. All constitutional guarantees, not selective !: The rights of women, civil and human, appear, in danger! In the name of Law and Order, we are witnessing an emphasis on selective guarantees, etc., instead of all of them!
Wake up, America, for we are witnessing a clear and present danger to our way of life! Demand changes, and a more inclusive approach, before it’s too late!