I am a Democratic liberal, a fact evident to anyone reading this blog on a regular basis. But I do not condone the killing of police officers and feel their death in this manner is fundamentally different from all other murders.
One can argue ad infinitum about the death of blacks and other minorities at the hands of the police, a thoroughly justified grievance. But when a police officer dies, it is fundamentally different because without the police, our society would descend into chaos.
Police represent the rule of law, and their often thankless task deserves respect and obedience. It is not just that blacks need to conform to their orders; we all must do so. That’s why the funeral of Officer Ramos drew people of every political persuasion.