Recent news compelled me to write this song.
I don’t know about you, but to me, it sure seems odd that there would be so many “Bad Apples”. But there they are, in a disgusting parade across my TV screen.
Are they really “Bad” or just “Drawn that way” like Jessica Rabbit? And by “Drawn”, I mean “Trained”.
Let’s not kid ourselves. There ARE Bad Apples. And when there are so many bad apples, it’s likely time to suspect there’s something wrong with the tree.
Let’s face facts, our Police have an awesome responsibility on their shoulders and we the public have been screaming at them to better handle a plethora of circumstances that seem more complex each day.
I pity the police who are trained in ways that do not meet the situations they are sent to resolve. We want them to “protect and serve”, but the system has created a militaristic force trained to “dominate and punish”. I support building parallel forces to augment and in some situations, replace police officers in jobs our police are not trained to handle – like psychiatric counselling for instance. How can we expect them to handle the mentally distressed when people with PhDs still scratch their heads over some of these troubled souls?
Clouding all of this is the hyperbolic language of protest. For Example: “Defund the Police”. A little investigation and listening will reveal that the phrase doesn’t really mean “no policing allowed at all”. Instead, it means “Let’s re-examine the roles we have asked police to perform and devise a better structure, with new added talents, that can transform “Law Enforcement” into “Crime Avoidance”.
A real plan won’t fit on a poster, only a divisive little snippet will, and that’s a tactic intended to gain attention. It certainly does that, but now it becomes our society’s challenge to explore what is attached to the hyperbole and create a workable path forward. That’s tough when you’re pissed off, but someone has to remain the adult. Let’s try to assume that mantle and work this out for the good of children everywhere.