To stand with the police

President Obama is dispatching Vice President Biden to attend the funeral of murdered NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos this weekend. Officer Ramos leaves a wife and teenage sons behind. Jaden Ramos is the younger of the two sons. On Sunday he took to Facebook to post a distraught message declaring it the worst day of his life. He subsequently added:

Today I had to say bye to my father. He was their for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for. It’s horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad.

Obama is on vacation; he has the Do Not Disturb sign out. And attending funerals is a traditional part of the vice president’s job description. Most recently, for example, Biden attended the funeral of the late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino along with other worthies such as Bill Clinton. Biden was the perfect man for the job.

And, sorry to say, Obama could easily have done worse than Biden. He could have sent Eric Holder, or Al Sharpton. Still, Biden is a farceur. He represents something of an indignity.

Those of us who are sickened by the Obama administration’s war on law enforcement must ask what we can do to stand with the police. In Sanford, North Carolina, several hundred residents lined up to show support for their local law enforcement on Tuesday evening. It should be happening all over the country.

At the least, we should do everything we can to amplify the voice of Heather Mac Donald in opposition to the big lie of the anti-cop left, now including the president of the United States. Maybe it’s best that he stay in Hawaii during Officer Ramos’s funeral after all.

In Minnesota, John and I have been fighting against “the big lie” for a long time. See, e.g., my Federalist Society talk “Bias in the air.” But the big lie prevails. It permeates our public discourse. And there is so much more to be done.


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