If I asked you to give me ten words you would use to describe a police officer in the United States, I’m pretty sure that “terrorist” wouldn’t make the list.
Then again, you’re not Barack Obama speaking in front of a racist separatist group who believes in abolishing the border between Mexico and the United States and funds school programs that teach that the southwest United States belongs to Mexicans .
When communities are terrorized by ICE immigration raids, when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children come home from school to find their parents missing, when people are detained without access to legal counsel, when all that is happening, the system just isn’t working, and we need to change it.
That’s mighty tough talk from a guy who folded like a cheap suit after a glancing blow from the powder puff New Yorker magazine.
The common read on this is that Obama was talking about ICE agents. No, he wasn’t. He was talking about ICE raids which, I know from professional experience, almost always includes state and/or local law enforcement officers. ICE relies heavily on local police infrastructure for help, which is why it has such a tough time working in Montgomery County. When he says that “ICE immigration raids” are “terrorizing” people, he’s talking about everyone involved in that raid. If you know a police officer, ask if they have ever helped out ICE on a raid. If the officer says yes, then congratulations, according to Barack Obama, you know a terrorist.
Ed Morrissey has a question that some intrepid reporter ought to ask him tomorrow, “…[I]f that’s what Obama thinks of ICE, why has he done nothing about them during the three years he’s been in the Senate?”
If he did that, he’d have to go toe to toe with Senators who have been there longer than it takes to get a pizza delivered. He’d actually have to dig in his heels and take a stand on something more than what it’ll take to get elected to the next highest office.
He wouldn’t be able to hide behind his friends and throw insults where no one could call him out on it right then and there.
When I was a kid, we had guys who used to do stuff just like that. There were all mouth when their friends were all around them. When it came for them to step up and talk trash face to face, one on one, they changed their tune. Then it was a “misunderstanding” or you must have heard them wrong. We had a word to describe guys like that.
That word was “punk”.
Let’s see if Barack Obama has the guts to stand in front of a police union gathering and call them terrorists.