Endtime Sign: Upending the Social Order – Part 2
By Dean Olson
In the run up to the end time Satan is having remarkable success using the leftist radicals associated with the godless belief systems mentioned in Part One of this commentary. Their shared hatred of America, and their machinations to destroy it, began in earnest in the turbulent 1960’s. They are achieving critical mass today under Barrack Obama and may be on the cusp of upending the social order.
Upending that order requires revolutionary violence and that is what we are witnessing unfolding on the streets of America. Police officers are the tripwires for social order. That makes them a natural target for the evil that now stalks our nation. That is why a growing number of deadly attacks on the police are occurring from New York to Dallas, Baton Rouge and most recently Columbus, OH.
Deadly revolutionary violence against police officers is not new. Members of leftwing radical groups, including the Black Panthers and one of its offshoots the Black Liberation Army, waged a five-year war on law enforcement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During that time police stations were bombed and police officers assassinated in what has been described as a nation-wide campaign of terror and chaos with the explicit goal of assassinating law enforcement officers.
Today’s violence is different in one significant way. In times of past violence targeting the police elected officials have steadfastly and unequivocally supported them. That is not true today. Many of our elected leaders, from President Obama, to presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, to members of Congress, to state governors, legislators, and mayors have created hostility against police officers by fanning the flames of racial division. Their words and actions have both given direction and justification to this hostility by relentlessly peddling the false narrative that racist police forces are out of control and randomly murdering young black men in large numbers.
Obama’s reckless race-baiting and his leftist pandering achieved its intended results when three Baton Rouge cops were murdered by a racist black male on July 17, 2016. The utter evil and abject cowardice of these most recent murders is highlighted by the fact that the killer stalked and ambushed the officers when they were vulnerable while they gathered to refuel their cruisers at a gas station.
Other examples include July 8th in Bristol, TN when a man opened fire on a highway killing one person and wounding three others, including a police officer. Authorities said he was motivated to target police because of recent events surrounding violence by police against black Americans.
On the same day in Missouri an officer was shot in the back of the neck, and now lies paralyzed, after making a traffic stop. Authorities said that the shooter got out of his vehicle and fired as the officer was walking back to his patrol car.
In Valdosta, GA a man lured a police officer to his house with a 911 call and ambushed him. The officer’s life was saved by his body armor. In Roswell, GA a motorist targeted a police officer by firing at his patrol car. In total, eight officers have been killed and 13 have been wounded over the past two weeks in deliberate attacks on law enforcement.
On July 21 shots were fired in Columbus, OH in what appears to be yet another attempt to ambush police officers. The would-be cop-killer appears to have randomly fired shots into local businesses and vehicles to lure police into the area. He then engaged officers as they arrived on the scene. The alert officers were able to contain the suspect and a standoff followed during which he threw what turned out to be a hoax bomb. Police were able to arrest the shooter without injuries to officers or the shooter.
An alarming pattern is unfolding. As of the shooting in Baton Rouge, 31 officers have been shot to death in 2016. That number is up 72 percent from 18 deaths this time last year. 2016 is the first time in several years that death by firearms has been the cause of the majority of line of duty deaths. Normally the most common cause is traffic-related injuries.
An astute observation by one pundit provides a stark contrast of how dangerous things have become. “Only four Americans have been killed during military operations in Afghanistan this year, only one of whom was killed in hostile conflict. The Israeli Defense Force – the bulk of whose work involves protecting citizens from active terrorist networks – only had six operative deaths caused by violent activity in all of 2015.”
The rage of blacks against police on display across America is an example of the leftist tactic of fomenting division and racial strife to weaken our nation. It goes far deeper than the supposed murder of blacks by white police officers. It is symptomatic of a deeper satanic evil. Jesus said the last days would be marked by “lawlessness” (Matthew 24:12). And violence would be one of the hallmarks of the times. “In the last days, perilous times shall come” (2 Timothy 3:1). Today’s violence against police may reflect fulfillment of these prophecies.
It shouldn’t be surprising that when the president repeatedly and consistently disparages cops that others will follow his cue. The war on cops is beginning to achieve its intended results. A Gallup survey conducted in June showed that confidence in the police nationally is “the lowest that its been in 22 years.”
Similarly, the leftist drumbeat of police racism has been so effective that lesser forms of hostility against cops have grown as well. In October 2015, a Dunkin’ Donuts employee, spotting a police officer in the back of the line in West Hartford, Conn. announced, “He didn’t get the message; we don’t serve cops here.”
In September, 2015 the manager of an Arby’s in Pembroke Pines, FL told a uniformed police officer that the employee working at the drive-through window refused to serve him. Similar incidents occurred a Jimmy John’s in Minnesota, a Chuck E. Cheese in Bowling Green, KY, a Whataburger in Lewisville, TX., and a Starbucks in Philadelphia where police officers were denied service in some form, either food or in one case access to restrooms.
The pace of these incidents seems to have quickened since the murders in Dallas. On July 18, 2016, uniformed deputies in Lee County, AL were refused service at a Taco Bell restaurant in Phenix City. The cashier told them that she would not take their order. When they asked if she was kidding, she said, “No, I’m not serving you.” Another customer thanked the cashier, saying she “didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop.”
On July 19th a group of Dallas Police officers were turned away from a local restaurant after an employee told them that their presence may frighten other customers. Also on that day a group of police officers from Homestead and Whitaker, PA were eating at a restaurant when a couple requested to be moved to a table across the restaurant to avoid sitting next to them.
Paralleling the attitudes of a growing segment of the population are the Facebook postings of Kalyn Chapman James, the first black woman to hold the title of Miss Alabama. She posted a tearful message calling Dallas cop killer Micah Xavier Johnson a “martyr.” In her post James said, “I’m dealing with a bit of guilt because I don’t feel sad for the officers that lost their lives…I want to feel sad for them, but I can’t help but [feel] like the shooter was a martyr.” James also posted, “…I’m so torn up in my heart about seeing these men, these black men, being gunned down in our community that I can’t help,” she continued, sobbing. “I wasn’t surprised by what the shooter did to those cops, and I think a lot of us feel the same way.”
On July 11th, Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell posted an Instagram illustration of a police officer having his throat slit by a hooded figure. The post stated: “They give polices (sic) all types of weapons and they continuously choose to kill us.” It was signed “I_crowell1”.
A few days after the Dallas murders deputies of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Department, located about 70 miles north of Seattle, say a restaurant owner asked that law enforcement not dine there anymore. The owner told deputies that customers didn’t like law enforcement there.
Several days before Columbus, OH cops were ambushed in the incident described above, a police officer in the same city was injured when he bit into a sandwich while eating on duty at a local restaurant. He found several shards of glass in his food, then checked his mouth and found that it was bleeding. He had to be hospitalized.
On the same day a police memorial to honor officers killed in the line of duty was desecrated in Richmond, VA just 18 hours after it was installed. Vandals spray-painted the words “Justice for Alton” on the memorial in red paint, referring to Alton Sterling who was recently fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge.
This follows an incident in North Carolina where deputies in Cleveland County were taunted by employees and served tampered food at a fast food restaurant while taking a lunch break. As the deputies entered the restaurant to place their orders, “…the boys in the back cooking the food started yelling at them and calling them names” reported the wife of one of the deputies.
The hatred of cops has become so pervasive that Case Western University in Cleveland had to assign counselors and create “safe spaces” for traumatized students living on campus. The source of the emotional trauma is the University’s decision to house up to 1,900 out of state cops in the city to protect the Republican National Convention.
Apparently the delicate snowflakes attending the college, spurred on by their leftist, cop-hating professors, are offended at having to share the campus with cops. Some students and faculty found the prospect of police on campus so offensive that students launched a petition and an anonymous professor penned an angry op-ed. The petition seems to suggest that the students do not trust the police with guns.
The anonymous professor of the op-ed cast law enforcement in a negative light writing, “Case Western Reserve University, which ‘improves and enriches people’s lives through research…and education,’ will be ground zero for the storm troopers you will watch on national news next week.” The university’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT) center and social justice institute are co-hosting one safe space while the Interreligious Council has opened a second space “for those who want to talk or reflect about their concerns.”
On the same day deputies faced taunts and doctored food in North Carolina a black male shot up an Indianapolis police officer’s home and the cruiser parked in his driveway. He fired over seventeen rounds into the car and the officer’s house while the officer’s family was sleeping inside.
Witnesses described a black man exiting his vehicle yelling “F*** the police” before opening fire. He was wearing a white T-shirt with “Black Lives Matter” printed on the back and “F*** the Police” on the front. Police arrested the 27 year old shooter who resisted, cursed at them, threatened them and urinated on the floor of an interview room.
Obama’s anti-cop venom has infected state and local politicians as well. Shortly after the Philando Castile shooting in Falcon Heights, MN, a suburb of St. Paul, and well before the facts of the case were known, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) made a forceful declaration in questioning whether Castile would have been shot had he been white. “Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and the passengers, were white?” Dayton, ever the leftist loon, continued, “I don’t think it would have. … I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists.”
Also on the day deputies were taunted in North Carolina, Reinette Senum, a councilwoman in Northern California posted on Facebook that the ambush of Dallas law enforcement officers was “completely incited by America’s police force.” In her post she also blamed the shooting on police “directives to go out there and kill.” “It’s insane and it’s meant to create mayhem,” she wrote. Senum said shootings like the one in Dallas are expected “when the police murder somebody.”
As Senum excoriated the police, four black males were arrested in Detroit after threatening to kill white police officers. One of the men reportedly posted: “All lives can’t matter until black lives matter. Kill all white cops.” Another reportedly posted on Facebook that (Dallas police murderer) Johnson was a “hero” for killing the Dallas officers adding, “He inspired me to do the exact same thing.” Detroit police said a third man posted: “It’s time to wage war and shoot the police first.” The man told people to contact him to organize the effort to shoot officers. The fourth suspect posted pictures and videos of officers being shot on his Facebook wall and wrote: “This needs to happen more often…” according to police.
On July 15, 2016, Derrick Hudson was arrested in Macon, GA after urging people to “kill all white cops.” Hudson is accused of soliciting people to commit murder after posting on a TV station’s Facebook page. Hudson, a 19 year old black male, is accused of typing “Just kill all white cracker cops LLH” (laughing like hell) on a post on the WGXA-TV Facebook page.
An example of how far the liberal brain rot has spread comes from Riverside, CA. On July 20th firefighters in Riverside County decided to fly a flag with a blue stripe on one of their fire engines to honor fallen cops. The following day the fire chief ordered the flag removed telling them in an email that the flag had to come down because “…the flag…(could) create a safety risk for emergency responders due to extremists targeting the fire engine. He asserted that the fire department had to “look at the big picture…” and “How is this perceived by…those that would seek to do harm to those in public safety? Should we potentially increase the risk for our firefighters by flying flags…in this time of divisiveness?” he wrote.
In the spirit of opening a dialogue with anti-police protestors, police in Oakland, CA extended a barbecue invitation to its local Black Lives Matter community in mid July. One of those members, Karissa Lewis, refused saying, “I eat pigs — I don’t eat with them.” She told a local TV reporter, “Barbecues aren’t going to stop the brutality that black folks are facing.” This is the same intolerant, racist group that Obama legitimizes and enables by meeting with and praising in the White House.
Perpetually a willing tool in the leftist assaults on our freedom, the liberal media has helped drive and amplify the anti-police rhetoric since Obama took office. During the same week the events occurred in Oakland and Riverside, a guest on CNN made the outrageous claim that “cops shoot black people for sport.” Speaking with Don Lemon, former congressional black caucus member Angela Rye boldly stated that “rogue cops” shoot black men for “sport.”
Lemon asked, “Angela, do you think it’s inflammatory to say that police officers shoot black people for sport? Rye’s response was disgusting, “No, I don’t. I think that is exactly how I feel and when you look across this country at the data, when you look at why the folks in the streets are angry. We have been saying this for years…”
What is the data Rye relied on for her scurrilous and grossly offensive condemnation of police officers? Is it the same data that informs the hate-filled lies of Obama and Clinton that villainize cops? I don’t know because no leftist ever provides the supposed source of their “facts.”
The reality of police shootings is far different than Obama’s narrative. Data collected by Washington State University researchers refutes the notion that black suspects are more likely to be shot than white suspects because of an implicit racial bias among police officers. In three different studies, researchers there found that even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects.
The researchers set up simulations to monitor the differing reactions of police when confronted by white or black suspects. All three studies found that officers took significantly more time to fire their weapons if the subject was black, according to their latest report, “The Reverse Racism Effect: Are Cops More Hesitant to Shoot Black than White Suspects?” The study documented “…that officers were slightly more than three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects.”
A study by a Harvard professor released this month found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings even though officers were more likely to interact physically with non-whites than whites. The author of the study, Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer, who is black, told The New York Times that the finding of no racial discrimination in police shootings was “the most surprising result of my career.”
The research was conducted for the National Bureau of Economic Research. It examined thousands of incidents at 10 large police departments in California, Florida and Texas, and concluded that police were no more likely to shoot non-whites than whites after factoring in extenuating circumstances. “On the most extreme use of force — officer-involved shootings — we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.”
These findings were affirmed by an extensive study of facts and a compilation of statistics on police shootings by the Washington Post, hardly a bastion of support for the police. The Post’s data documented that the vast majority of officer involved shootings are justified and legal, and the assailant is almost always armed and presenting a danger to the officer or someone else at the time. “… only a small number of the shootings — roughly 5 percent — occurred under the kind of circumstances that raise doubt and draw public outcry, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. The vast majority of individuals shot and killed by police officers were…armed with guns and killed after attacking police officers or civilians or making other direct threats.
The Post research also found “In 74 percent of all fatal police shootings, the individuals had already fired shots, brandished a gun or attacked a person with a weapon or their bare hands, according to an analysis of actions immediately preceding the shootings, which draws on reports from law enforcement agencies and local media coverage. These 595 cases include fatal shootings that followed a wide range of violent crimes, including shootouts, stabbings, hostage situations, car-jackings and assaults.”
Another 16 percent of the shootings came after incidents that did not involve firearms or active attacks but featured other potentially dangerous threats. These shootings were most commonly of individuals who brandished knives and refused to drop them. The 5 percent of cases that are often second-guessed include individuals who police said failed to follow their orders, made sudden movements or were accidentally shot.
In another 4 percent of cases, The Post was unable to determine the circumstances of the shootings because of limited information or ongoing investigations. As far as police targeting blacks? “Of the 800 people killed by police this year, almost half have been white, a quarter have been black and one-sixth have been Hispanic.”
What is stunning, and ignored by Obama and the leftists, is the lamentable black-on-black homicide rate. There were 6,095 black homicide deaths in 2014—the most recent year for which such data are available—compared with 5,397 homicide deaths for whites and Hispanics combined. Almost all of those black homicide victims had black killers.
Police officers—of all races—are also disproportionately endangered by black assailants. Over the past decade, according to FBI data, 40% of cop killers have been black. Officers are killed by blacks at a rate 2.5 times higher than the rate at which blacks are killed by police.
Much of the junk statistics used by Obama and his ilk revolve around the fact that blacks make up 26% of the police-shooting victims, compared with their 13% representation in the national population. But that is only part of the picture. As residents of poor black neighborhoods know too well, violent crimes are disproportionately committed by blacks.
Blacks were charged with 62% of all robberies, 57% of murders and 45% of assaults in the 75 largest U.S. counties in 2009, though they made up roughly 15% of the population there. Such a concentration of criminal violence in minority communities means that officers will be disproportionately confronting armed and often resisting suspects in those communities, raising officers’ own risk of using lethal force.
The final part of this commentary will focus on the role social and racial unrest plays in America’s demise and how America’s elected leaders wield the lies of Obama, Black Lives Matter and race hustlers like Al Sharpton to upend the social order.