Defunding and/or eliminating our police force is a recipe for greater anarchy that will turn our country into a third world nation.

I am all in favor of legitimate police reform in our country that must include respect for human dignity, regardless of gender or skin color, while enforcing the very laws Congress creates to keep our society civilized and safe. We do that by holding individuals accountable who break the law. I am certain that with a few good minds at the table, we can evolve to a point of mutual respect while enforcing laws to preserve our civilized society.

However, what really needs revamping in our country is a complete re-bluing of our political system that has bred anger, distrust, greed, disrespect, to include all out sabotaging efforts for a political agenda. Gone are the days of representing us! One only needed to witness the abomination of this week's Bill Barr congressional testimony to witness this unnerving phenomenon. Not one Democrat came to discuss police reform, ongoing violence in major cities resulting in state and federal-owned buildings being vandalized, or to gain an understanding of constitutional interpretation by our top law enforcement officer. Instead, they came prepared only for political grandstanding for selfish reasons, accused him of COVID deaths, and did not discuss ways to resolve the ongoing unrest. Even Jerry Nadler explicitly stated: "Antifa is a myth"!

With this level of denial and ignorance, is it any wonder the rule of law is being eviscerated?

David Eddy is a resident of Middletown.

- Contact Cynthia Cather Burton at cburton@winchesterstar.com

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Journey2goremtns1

@Doc Samson - lol

Rattler

I see the same leftist trolls are still here. I totally agree with opinion. The death of Mr. Floyd was despicable, disgusting ,disgraceful and a deeply disturbing of someone's action. Yes spock, it was wrong. All lives mater and not because of skin color. I guess you are one who thinks the rioting and looting are peaceful protests. There are not enough social workers now and pray tell how they are going to stop the antifas of this country? Please tell me what president Obama did for the black community??. How come there are more white people killed by police than blacks?? Why are most black crimes committed by other black people??. Like most I guess you support todays social unrest. Voting... if you don't want to go in person, call and get absentee ballot. Just sending ballots to everyone is another riot and civil unrest waiting to happen. I pray the "coneheads" stay in closet although I am surprised they have. And yes spock, they are just as bad as antifa and blm

Bose-Einstein

Brionna Taylor was sleeping.

Journey2goremtns1

Don't want an encounter with police? Stop breaking the law idiots! If you are stopped by the police driving your car COMPLY with their instructions. If you get a ticket and don't agree resolve it in court. If you get arrested don't resist! Let me say again DON'T RESIST! Stay calm resolve in court!

Doc Samson

@Journey - Expecting ALL people to adhere to the same standards of behavior? You are clearly a racist...

Bose-Einstein

"The power these progressives covet is based, as a minimum, on name calling" Like Sleepy Creepy Joe Biden, Little Michael Bloomberg, Wacko John Bolton, Low Energy Jeb, Corrked Hillary, Lyin Ted, Dicky Durbin, Jeff Flakey, Al Frankenstein, Lightweight Gillibrand, Corrupt Kaine, Fat Jerry Nadler, Dummy Beto, Mr. Peepers Rosenstein, Little Marco, Braindead Bernie, Mr. Magoo Sessions, Pocahontas Warren, Low-IQ Maxine Waters. Those crazy left wing name callers!

Spock Here

Not to mention "anyone but Murkowski"

Eredmon

I refer to a different, more nefarious name calling, like calling a person racist when “you” are the one denigrating a person based on skin color. Believe it or not, there is a world beyond TDS.

Doc Samson

Excellent piece, Mr. Eddy! Unfortunately, the Left will hear a dog whistle in "I am all in favor of legitimate police reform in our country that must include respect for human dignity, regardless of gender or skin color" because... racism, misogyny, etc...

The "progressive" Left has been judging EVERYONE by their skin color, religion, or sexual orientation. As long as conservatives and libertarians continue to play along, they have no reason to stop any time soon...

Spock Here

"Defund the police" is a slogan that supports divesting funds from police departments and reallocating them to non-policing forms of public safety and community support, such as social services, youth services, housing, education, healthcare and other community resources." I think it's a worthwhile discussion among knowledgeable people, whether it's practical or not, Mr. Eddy should read more that explains in simple terms what police defunding means. This idea that we'll walk around with no police is being willfully ignorant. Thank God Mr. Trump is concerned about our suburbs though, and who we will be able to keep out of them, with police storm troopers perhaps?

Eredmon

The power these progressives covet is based, as a minimum, on name calling (labeling), and includes intimidation (actively working to ruin lives who dare to express their First Amendment rights), and worst, fear and violence. Just ask any Black American who dares to endorse President Trump; and there are many more than the media realizes. This Republican President is THE only highly elected official to do anything worthwhile for our fellow Americans of color, for many decades. Don’t believe the fear-mongering.

Eredmon

Yes, Mr. Eddy, they are in a contest to see who can, dare I say, trump the outrageous, insane behavior of yesterday, today. Our government is in a permanent state of civil unrest. I, for one, sincerely hope this all backfires on them. The elephant in the room is a huge number of currently silent independents and conservatives, waiting to tell their story by voting. The progressives have shown no pale in their attempts to remove a fairly elected President, and many share the fear that they will amp up their tampering with mail-in voting. I have no doubt that even that will not be their last play for power in their relentless march to end American greatness. Everything that we have built over hundreds of years is now on their chopping block.

Spock Here

Independents and true patriotic conservatives are dropping like flies, his base is shrinking. "amp up tampering with mail in voting" How does that work, do tell us how only democrats do it?

Spock Here

The funny thing is, in a sad way, that democrats just have to sit back and wait for potus to hang himself, figuratively of course. Sad that it wasn't the grifting, ignoring the rule of law, bribing foreign leaders, or being mentally incompetent: Steven Calabresi, co-founder of the conservative Federalist Society, believes Trump took things too far by tweeting about an election delay "Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats' assertion that President Trump is a fascist," he added. "But this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president's immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate." Wow, I wouldn't have gone that far, radical leftist socialist that I am.

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