Much is now being written about the “Ferguson Effect” on policing. This is where liberals learn that, despite their greatest fantasies, they cannot have their cake and eat it too. In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last year or so, the Ferguson Effect is the observation that crime is skyrocketing, especially in inner cities, since liberals and their media lap dogs started bashing police or, worse, arresting them for doing their job. I can’t spend 3 minutes on Facebook without reading an inflammatory post by a liberal trying to make police look bad. Police have understandably pulled back on doing their job out of fear of losing their job or ending up in jail. The result is that the very people liberals pretend to defend – inner city blacks – are hurt. Yet another example of liberals harming those they claim to help.
While liberals are now searching desperately for alternative explanations for the increase in crime, I have decided to do some of my own primary research by talking to cops. Whenever I see a cop in a public place, and it’s not overly intrusive to do so, I go up and thank them for the work they do. I usually say something like, “Hey, thanks for the great work you do protecting us. It bothers me that the media is being so hard on you guys.” The response is quick, consistent, and heartfelt. To a man and woman, they reply with something like, “Thanks, we really appreciate it. It has been really hard to do our job lately. We really appreciate knowing people support us when it seems like so many people don’t.”
There you have it. While the liberal media does their best to spin the Ferguson Effect into something it isn’t, real live police officers are suffering. And when police officers suffer, we all suffer because we live in a more dangerous world.