Deep in the Hall of Liberal Degeneracy (I imagine this as looking like the headquarters for the Legion of Doom, from the 70s Super Friends cartoon), there’s a room that lists all of our crowning achievements. The War on Christmas, the War on Easter, the War on the Military, the War on the War on Drugs, and now, dredged from darkest pits of our blackened, bleeding hearts, a new front in the Culture War against the Upstanding Moral Traditions of the Judeo-Christian Mystery Religion®: The War on Police.
The recent days have been something of a PR disaster for the police. The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, and others, are making that motto, “protect and serve,” look more like, “judge and shoot.” With the PR crisis tumbling out of control, its a good thing someone is looking out for their image: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, who, through his running mate and president of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, Chris Moss, released a full statement today:
Statement from County Executive Rob Astorino & Sheriff Chris Moss on Today’s NYPD Protest
August 23, 2014
Today, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Chemung Sheriff Chris Moss, President of the New York State Sheriff’s Association–who has served in law enforcement for 26 years–issued the following joint statement:
“Sheriff Moss and I stand firmly behind the NYPD in the face of a growing war on cops designed by Reverend Sharpton and a few spineless politicians. No organization is perfect, and in an international city of 8.5 million residents, mistakes are bound to happen. Eric Garner’s death was a tragedy that likely could have been avoided had he complied with lawful orders. We have the utmost confidence in DA Donovan’s ability to investigate and reveal a thorough accounting of the facts. However, the war on our men and women in blue started long before Eric Garner’s death and is being waged based on personal and political interests, the results of which will be catastrophic for the safety and well being of New Yorkers and our visitors.
“This city and state needs leaders who support New York’s finest–a moniker they did not receive by accident. They are men and women representing nearly every ethnicity in the world with the common purpose of keeping this city safe and saving lives. . We should be celebrating them for a job well done.”
Astorino accompanied the statement with a tweet that slammed Reverend Al Sharpton, who was leading a march today protesting the choke-hold death of Eric Garner:
Spineless? Rob Astorino finds it easier to stand up for the people with authority than the people who are at the mercy of those who abuse that authority. Sounds like he’d know all about spineless to me.