Patterson would have us believe Paul is trolling somehow for political capital by ‘selling out’. According to Patterson, Paul’s Time op-ed is, “another illustration of out-of-touch Republicans who are looking for love in all the wrong places.”
Seriously? As further ‘evidence’ of this fact, Patterson points out that Al Sharpton praised his writing. Okay, let’s get something straight, Al Sharpton is about as left as left can get. But at the end of the day, he is a civil rights leader. I’m not saying his politics are right… or even necessarily sane, if you ask my honest opinion. But if you’re dealing with a human rights issue and the icons of the human rights movement, a reverend no less, give you a thumbs up – that’s not really an insult. Especially if it comes from the other side of the aisle.
So what did Paul actually say? Here’s a radical concept for you:
“There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.” (TIME)
Mr. Patterson, I would humbly submit to you that you are way out of line and out of touch, as you’ve accused Paul of being. When a senator stands up for ordinary Americans to say Main Street is not the place for armored military vehicles, your answer should not be to accuse him of political pandering, but to respond with equal outrage.
In perhaps the most offensive accusation, Patterson accuses Paul of an “attempt to show moral equivalence between the rioters and the police.”
That is flat out incorrect. No, it’s worse. It implies the police can act with impunity because they stand on some mythical moral high ground. Mr. Patterson, police are normal (with all of our individual failings and flaws) human beings. This utopian world you live in where police always make the right decisions and everyone they perceive as a “bad guy” is, in fact, just that – does not exist.
By no means am I attempting to belittle our police – I am only trying to remind you they are human. They are in a very frightening and stress inducing situation right now. Sen. Paul has simply observed giving them military grade equipment is unwise. I do not wake up expecting to hear about tear gas and stun grenades under the “local” section of the newspaper. Do you? The police are not trained with these weapons or tactics. Nor should they be.
Written by Mark Davis
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