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David Eric Casebolt Was Having a Bad Day

June 11, 2015 Leave a comment

David Eric Casebolt Was Having a Bad Day

Jane Bishkin, the lawyer for former police officer, David Eric Casebolt, says that he simply was having a bad day, that he was stressed. Stressed she says, stressed!

Perhaps, Jane Bishkin could explain this than:

I have had many bad days. In particular and especially, as my adopted mother, who raised me since I was 2 ½ years old, lay in bed, dying from the horrible illness of HIV, seeing her ill so many times, and wondering if she would even make it to see Christmas.

It was not that long ago, when she was diagnosed in the summer of 2000, that she had the illness and as doctors tried almost every method to keep her healthy, and to try to bring her some sense of normalcy, nothing worked. Why? Her body was old, it was worn down by HIV, and all we could do was watch and practically do nothing because there nothing that could have been done. Her fate was sealed, it was not a question if she would die, but a question of when and how soon. We were, as a family stressed. We had begun to watch our matriarch wither away, and with each passing day of seeing her, a piece of us would die. It was that slow chipping away of our sense of normalcy being eroded, and drowning in a sea of gloom and despair.

When doctors tell you, there is nothing that can be done, you are left with several choices, all of them being not favorable, you can accept the inevitable, you can pray for a miracle, or you can blame others.

During that time, I was also stressed at my job, having a supervisor who was constantly nitpicking at what I was doing, thus creating a situation where I began to question whether I belonged. I questioned each day, whether it was worth being at the job. However, in lieu of that admission, I continued to always engage with the people, to make websites, always smiling, and always being professional. Why? Because that is my job, that is what the people of my State pay me to do regardless of what is happening to me or my family or how I am feeling that day. It is what the people expect, and I am inclined and obligated to give them 110% because as a servant of the people, in some way, have entrusted me to do the right thing.

Former police officer Casebolt’s lawyer says, “with all that had happened that day, he allowed his emotions to get the better of him.” Let there be no mistake, he was stressed, he was helping to console a widow who lost her husband to suicide, and helped prevent another suicide of a young girl. How many times could I have allowed my emotions to get the better of me? How many times could I have lashed out at individuals who have removed the last sense of temperament because of their usurpations against my kind character? In times and situations like this, it calls for a reasonable effort to take a time out, to get away, to let the stresses of the day to peel off so that one’s composure is back to normal.

In lieu of this, Casebolt’s lawyer says, “he never intended to mistreat anyone, but was only reacting to a situation and the challenges that it presented.” If a non-law enforcement personnel or person on the street acted in the same manner, can we predict what would have been the outcome? Can we know for certain what would have been the response by the authorities? I will let you be the judge and suffice to say, it would have not been well received regardless of the individuals skin color. Therefore we must resist the temptation to say that this is about the individuals skin color and rather focus on the totality of the situation and its context.

I fear, we have only deepened the crisis in our republic, where different groups feel marginalized, and the media does no favor to us by sensationalizing and telling we, the people half-truths. I fear greatly that as we see the police feel marginalized, too, they will abscond from their duties and we will descend into a foray of increased polarization. Eventually, the disenfranchised people will gradually and naturally in this furnace of national debate, national ballots will crystallize into national furor; and both sides come at last to the position formerly held by the great Troupe of Georgia: “The argument is exhausted; we will now stand to our guns.”

We can take an opposite but better approach, to end the polarization of country, we can become soldiers and not fight for slavery, but for liberty and for one another. We, the people have the power to make life a splendid adventure together with our American brothers and sisters, we can fulfill the promise that is America. We can lead a struggle for all of mankind’s happiness here in our republic; only the unloved, unnatural and greedy hate. We are not machinery, cattle or sheep, we are Americans who have the love of humanity within the fabric of our hearts and souls.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier . . .

It is the American citizen, not the soldier or reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier or poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier or campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier or lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a free trial.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier,
Who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the American flag,
And who allows protesters to burn the American flag.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier,
Who surrenders their freedom to serve our republic so that future generations may enjoy that freedom.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier,
Who makes makes the ultimate sacrifice in defending our republic’s freedom.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier,
Who swears an oath to the Constitution of the United States to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier,
Whose principles are armed & guarded by the Constitution of the United States of America and the Declaration of Independence.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier,
Whose duty is to defend the Constitution and our republic.

It was the American citizen, not the soldier,
Who wrote  the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

It was the American citizen, not the soldier,That fought for our independence, each hero, brave and bold.

It is the American citizen, not the soldier,
Who wears his uniform proud, and will surrender their life so that our country may live.

I wrote this in honor of not the soldier, but in honor of those Americans who fought and continue to fight for our freedom, from the days ’76 to the present day. You don’t have to wear a military uniform to defend our country. We have people fighting for our country all the time, and the majority of the time, they do not have a uniform. They are a simple individual whose patriotism that defines our blessed republic. Mahatma Ghandi, took on the British Empire, the most powerful nation during his time, and yet, he was not a soldier but a citizen of his country. He fought for what he believed in, freedom. Likewise, in our country, the United States, we have people fighting for our country, our freedom, all the time, they are simple mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, lawyers, doctors, factory workers, and teachers; the list goes on and on. At any given time, in times of crisis, it is the American citizen that will answer the call of our country, and of the several States that represent our glorious Union.

My intent is to not offend our soldiers, but to honor every American citizen who believes in freedom and will fight for it. To those American citizens, who gave their lives for our country, to those American citizens who are in jail fighting for justice, to those American citizens who will risk their lives and fortunes so that our republic may continue, I salute you all.

 

 

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It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

To our service men and women — Thank you!

It is not that often that I get to write on soldiers. In fact, this is my first time writing about something beyond the realm of what I normally write about. However, I do believe it necessary to do. I would like to thank our armed forces for doing the job that they do. There is no doubt in my mind, they are the essence in what makes this country what it is, not powerful, not rich, but in the most simplest terms, free.

They, our soldiers, our beloved sisters, fathers, brothers, mothers, uncles or aunts in uniform do a job that very few are honored to do. They are the teeth of our liberty, our freedoms, our country and our Constitution.

There is a question among the ranks of the military of who is the greater branch, they mock on another, but all jest and fun knowing that they are all equally important to the sustenance to the American fabric of our way of life.

The media does a pleasant job in defaming their name, but little do they know the job they have to do, and under what odds. However, there are few in the media that respect our soldiers, and in what they do. I want a responsible media to tell us when our soldiers do wrong, but I also want the media to tell us when our soldiers do right.

The media, our politicians and citizenry do not understand the level of responsibility they owe to our brave American soldiers. They do not understand that freedom our Constitution protects because they were given these freedoms by people who did earn it with their lives, we are not the owners of that freedom, we are its custodians just like our Founding Fathers intended it to be; it is not ours to give away at any cost that is what the American soldiers swears to.

There are more things the average American soldier does right that very few know about. The importance of  giving a voice to those who can not speak for themselves, especially in places like Afghanistan, where it is a crime to some for girls to go to school, for women to work, or even speak out. To give those who have no hope, that there are those who do care, they are our soldiers, and even though our politicians are quick to put our soldiers in harms way, our soldiers, our brave soldiers do their duty. They do their duty, not for place or rank, not for fame or reward but as they understand their duty to be.

We all wish their safe return to their families, and we wish them well in the mission to promote the very simple ideals of what it means to be free.

To our American soldiers who fighting overseas for freedom, thank you!

Categories: American Soldier, Freedom