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Preserve, defend and protect the Constitution

When I entered the United States Army  40 years ago I took an oath. When I became a police officer I took an oath. When I went to work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security I took an oath.

I raised my hand and swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The First Amendment to the Constitution gives all Americans the right to free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and the right to peaceful dissent.

As an individual I may not always agree with what somebody else says or does. Sometimes another’s protest and or speech may be completely at odds to my own beliefs.   Sometimes I find it so abhorrent, so morally incomprehensible to what I stand for that it makes me angry.

That is my right and it is my right to express my opinion on whatever topic I deem necessary.

As an American citizen, I must respect the Constitution and another person’s right to do the same, even if I totally disagree with their point of view.

That freedom is why white racists can protest on the streets of this country and display symbols of the Nazi party or the KKK, no matter how vile and ignorant their protests are to most Americans. Hitler and his Nazi party murdered millions of human beings, and almost annihilated the Jewish race. The KKK murdered thousands of black Americans and white Americans that supported them.

Washington Redskins kneel down during the National Anthem. (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Lives Matter can march down the street and chant that they want dead cops.

You can’t pick apart the Constitution and say the freedoms we hold so dear in this country only apply to those who we agree with. It doesn’t work that way and if it did we wouldn’t be a free society.

President John F. Kennedy said that peaceful dissent is what keeps us free.

The Constitution gives an NFL player or any other American for that matter, the right to kneel during the National Anthem for whatever reason he chooses and he doesn’t have to explain to anybody why he is doing it. That is his right as an American.

It is not something I would do, but I respect his right to do it.

President Donald Trump also has the right to free speech, however calling another person a son-of-a-bitch is something that I did not want to hear from the leader of this country.

But I do not believe a President has the right to tell another person that someone should lose their livelihood because they are exercising their First Amendment rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About the author

Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.
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