Progressive Overlords Relish the Opportunity to Purge First Responders Who Refuse to Bow the Knee

Progressive Overlords Relish the Opportunity to Purge First Responders Who Refuse to Bow the Knee. By Jack Dunphy.

Reality usually ensures that the overwhelming majority of first responders are non-left:

Perhaps it is the nature of the work that attracts conservatives to the ranks of police and fire departments, and indeed reinforces conservative beliefs the longer one remains in these professions. It is in these jobs that one is offered an unparalleled view into the failures of progressive governance, failures which, at their worst, result in the death, mayhem, and disorder that police officers and firefighters are expected to clean up. …

I recall a conversation with a firefighter during the heat of the 2000 Bush v. Gore campaign. We were in the receiving area of L.A. County-USC Medical Center, where many of the city’s broken bodies are brought for mending, and the firefighter asked me how many cops I knew would be voting for Gore. I couldn’t think of any, and I asked the same question about his colleagues. There were 39 firefighters at his station, he said, … and among them he knew of only one Democrat. And he, I was assured, was regarded as the house dullard.

I’ve found this ratio to be consistent throughout my career. This is not to say there are no progressives to be found anywhere in a police or fire department. I was once directed to visit LAPD’s Facilities Management Division, a warren of cubicles at the downtown headquarters building, and an entity of whose existence I previously had been unaware. I was surprised to see so many Obama bumper stickers adorning the workspaces there. But the people working there, I realized, though technically police officers, were actually bureaucrats having more in common with clerks at the local DMV office than with the cops in South Los Angeles where I worked at the time. Surely there are similar entities at the Fire Department’s headquarters. …

But the US left are using vaccines to winnow out the conservatives:

In the Covid pandemic, our progressive overlords have found their crisis that will allow them to cast off significant numbers of these conservative and nettlesome first responders, those who, for various reasons, decline to be vaccinated against the virus.

In Chicago, for example, Mayor Lori Lightfoot … is threatening to terminate any police officer or firefighter who doesn’t roll up his sleeve for the jab, and several members of both departments have already been put on “no-pay” status for their failure to submit. Police officers and firefighters in Los Angeles … are facing a similar threat, though their deadline has been extended to December.

In the state of Washington, some first responders have already been shown the door for refusing the vaccine … Robert LaMay, a 22-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, filmed himself as he signed off on his last shift. “I wish I could say more,” he said over the radio, “but this is it, so state 10-34, this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car. And Jay Inslee can kiss my a–.”

Sad to say, but surely Governor Inslee is happy to see him go. Better to have a smaller force, he would argue, composed of reliable sycophants than one laced with insurrectionists so obstreperous as to imagine they should decide what medicines they should take. And in Chicago and Los Angeles, it seems the mayors would sooner accept the bloodshed that would surely follow the decimation of their police and fire departments than the continued employment of people who refuse to be brought to heel.

This culture war knows no bounds.