Mike Rowe became a household name hosting Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and has since parlayed that experience into successfully spreading the message that our nation needs to remember how important skilled workers are. The Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation is helping to change minds and shape education, as more and more people realize that our nation needs fewer college graduates with philosophy degrees (who can’t find work) and more carpenters, mechanics, plumbers and electricians (among other things).
Anyway, Rowe has also become a sort of cultural lightning rod thanks to his apolitical nature, so when he does comment on a “political” issue, he stirs up quite a bit of conversation. He’s made liberals (and conservatives) angry more than a few times, and a recent social media post is once again riling up the left.
Rowe recently posted a video to his Facebook supporting the police, and in the comments section more than a few liberals have posted their distaste for it. The video is a famous Paul Harvey narration called “policeman,” which praises our nation’s policemen and women… something that liberals seem unwilling to do these days.
A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, I guess, a mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.
What they really mean is that they are exceptional, they are unusual, they are not commonplace.
Buried under the froth is the fact and the fact is that less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. And that is a better average than you’d find among clergymen!
He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won. But…If a policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s a flirt; if not, he’s a grouch.
He must make instant decisions which would require months for a lawyer
But…If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident, infallible with a diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp.
The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.” If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully.
The policeman from a single human hair must be able to describe the crime, the weapon, the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.
But…If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce.
He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache to build a case against some felon who’ll get dealed out by some “Shameless Seamus.”
The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.
And, of course, he’d have to be genius….Because he’ll have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.
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