On Friday night the deputy Chief of the Middletown Police Department organized a ceremony at the start of the local high school football game to honor local law enforcement. The State Police Pipes and Drum Corps participated along with members of the local departments, mounted police and sheriff’s departments. Given the climate of anti-police rhetoric spurred on by members of the media and political leaders, right up to the President of the United States, ceremonies like this are important demonstrations of support for law enforcement.
According to all reports, the event went off without a hitch, providing the right amount of energy, patriotic enthusiasm and honor to the teams, the community and the attending officers. One of the intentions of the event was to honor the Linden police officer wounded in the pursuit of a terror suspect. Of course under the heading of no good deed goes unpunished, enter the New Jersey Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU has an interesting history for sure, starting in the 1920’s speaking out on behalf of people accused of being members of the Communist party. They evolved into a group standing up against Japanese internment during World War II and against racial segregation. Of course since that time the ACLU has had a lot of time on their hands so the remaining advocates are relegated to opposing nativity scenes on public property.
As the group borderlines on irrelevance they decided to strike with an opportunity given them by the display of solidarity among law enforcement and the local community. This time pouncing on a statement made by deputy chief Stephen Dollinger about standing up for Law Enforcement and countering the position taken by some pro-athletes to kneel during the national anthem. Seems that free speech in the interpretation of the ACLU only goes one way. The ACLU’s response can only be interpreted as an affront to law enforcement and anyone who disagrees with the sentiment that Americans should be standing proudly during our national anthem.
Well guys, free speech is a two way street. You don’t get to choose who gets to say what. Either you support free speech or you don’t and if you do, the brave men and women of our law enforcement community have as much a right to it as you and I.
Shame on the ACLU of New Jersey. Shame on their hypocrisy and intentional misinterpretation of what it means to have free speech and to protect that right. The good news is that this latest #FakeOffended #FalseOutrage calling the message of the event “frightening” exposes the New Jersey ACLU as just another left-wing group shilling for the people that want to tear down culture of patriotism and honor & respect toward the brave men and women of law enforcement.