When Politics Stop the Police

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Friday, July 25, 2008

When Politics Stop the Police

July 25, 2008

Trinidad is not only an island nation – it is a neighborhood in Washington, D.C. It is the center of much of the city’s violence as young men gun down other young men with abandon. Last Friday, 11 were wounded and two killed, including a 13-year-old boy who was visiting his relatives.

Now why is this an important story when most listening to me don’t live anywhere near Trinidad? This is why: D.C. police set up checkpoints and would not allow anyone into the area who didn’t live there. The result? No shootings, not one.

What happened next tells you all you need to know about liberals. They filed lawsuits, claiming their constitutional rights were violated. The police eventually pulled out and the shooting gallery resumed.

Killers must be stopped before they kill, if possible. The first obligation of government is to protect the lives of its citizens. A dead person has no more constitutional rights. The checkpoints worked and now the self-styled civil libertarians have blood on their hands. Will they be held accountable? Of course not. They live in a liberal, one-party city.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.