It seems very apparent because of what’s reported in the news lately that America, perhaps the world’s greatest nation, is systematically being destroyed from within. Unfortunately, there is little being done to prevent it.
Has the citizenry overreacted to the outrage occurring over an extremely tragic Minneapolis incident between a white police officer and an African-American male? Should this isolated injustice brand every police officer as racist? Must the nation’s police surrender precious and valuable resources and criminal jurisdiction because of an egregious misconduct of a single police officer?
During the span of my first career from 1975 to 1995, as a U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Officer, I served as Provost Marshal (Chief of Police) at two prominent Marine installations. I possessed some of the most advanced police training in the country such as the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern Traffic Institute. Over time, I witnessed my Military Policemen performing unprofessionally on many occasions. I’ve witnessed unjustified shootings, drug abuse on a massive scale, and numerous thefts - all committed by my military policemen. Picture the consequences of every world-wide Marine Corps installation including embassies, having to reduce their security forces and budgets due to the conduct of my military policemen?
I’ve taught U.S. history teacher since 1996. I’ve read about teachers engaging in very inappropriate behavior ranging from affairs with their underage students, supplying underage students with drugs and alcohol, and some teachers actively encouraging anarchy and advocating the overthrow of the United States government. Picture the consequences if the response to this behavior was to cut the number of nationwide teaching positions and their budgets?
Nothing in this world more is important than safety and security. The Declaration of Independence guarantees life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Try being happy when you are not secure. Experience any “third-world” country if you think otherwise. Upon taking office, politicians swear to an oath, that, “I will support and defend the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic.”
Why then do some politicians enable lawlessness? Why do many of them remain silent and not condemn the lawlessness? Why do they enable protesters who demand our system be torn down and replaced with some type of fascistic or socialist government? Is this conduct not a firm example of an enemy to “We the People”? Why are city blocks and symbols of heroes like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant being destroyed? Are those responsible ridding America of its history? Will they replace it with a new form of government allowing open borders and limited police protection?
Most importantly, will I be silenced or chastised when I profess to my 8th grade students and their parents on “back-to-school night” that America is a great country and our history is glorious, and I willingly defended it with my life for 20 years. Will I be labeled a bad teacher for sharing this love of country with my students and their parents?
As I prepare for my 24th teaching year, I feel it will probably be the most challenging of my lifetime. The virus will make it difficult, but I am more concerned worrying about negative repercussions for sharing my opinion about what I perceive to be the greatness of our country and the glorious historical leaders whose statues are being toppled every day. My 96- year-old World War II U.S. Army veteran father puts it best, “I’ve NEVER seen America face such troubling times.”
Joseph Fabrizio, Major, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) and an 8th Grade U.S. History teacher in Bucks County