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Dallas Attack Shakes the Soul of America

By Tuesday, 12 July 2016 08:31 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The day before last Thursday’s racist killing of five white police officers in Dallas, Texas, the younger sister of the killer, according to published reports, expressed anger about white police officers on Facebook: “White people have and will continue to kill us off,” she wrote. “The only difference is they serve the system hiding behind that blue suit and get off easy murdering civilians.”

After the killing of the five white police officers the next day, and the non-fatal shooting of seven others, Donald Trump issued a statement offering his thoughts and prayers for all of the victims and their families, and then issued a web-posted video acknowledging that this attack “has shaken the soul of our nation.”

“Now is the time for prayers, love, unity, and leadership,” implored Trump.

Thank God for the courageous leadership of Dallas Police Chief David Brown in the wake of this human tragedy. “We do not feel much support most days,” said Brown, “Let’s not make today most days. Please, we need your support to protect you from men like these who carried out this tragic, tragic event.”

The need for the type of courageous leadership displayed by Brown last week, at all levels of American government, hearkens back to the birth of our nation.

The year before our 1776 Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson co-authored, “A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Now Met in Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms.”

In the 1775 Declaration, Jefferson described “schemes [that] have been formed to excite domestic enemies against us” and “the alternative of chusing an unconditional submission to the tyranny of irritated ministers, or resistance by force,” concluding: “The latter is our choice. We have counted the cost of this contest, and find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery.”

In the 1775 Declaration, our forefathers also proclaimed American principles that were at that time, and are still today — especially in light of the Dallas tragedy — worth fighting for: "Honour, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us . . . We gratefully acknowledge, as signal instances of the Divine favour towards us, that his Providence would not permit us to be called into this severe controversy, until we were grown up to our present strength, had been previously exercised in warlike operation, and possessed of the means of defending ourselves.

"With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves."

May our beneficent Creator continue to bless the United States of America as we the people, “with unabating firmness and perseverance,” fight and die, if necessary, like the five Dallas police officers last week, for “the preservation of our liberties.”

Joseph E. Schmitz is a foreign policy and national security adviser to Donald Trump. He served as Inspector General of the Department of Defense from 2002-2005, and is now a partner in the law firm, Schmitz & Socarras LLP. Read more reports from Joseph E. Schmitz — Click Here Now.


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Thank God for the courageous leadership of Dallas Police Chief David Brown in the wake of this human tragedy. May our beneficent Creator continue to bless the United States of America.
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