When I was a youngster, my dad told me, “Son, a policeman is your friend.”
Through his jail and prison ministry, Dad became a personal friend of
our county sheriff (two of them, as a matter of fact)--as well as scores
of deputies and city police officers. For all of my life, I have taken
Dad’s maxim to heart. In fact, for all of my teen years, law enforcement
was my chosen profession. I wanted to go into law enforcement real bad.
It took a divine call to Gospel ministry to change my plans.
Throughout my adult life, I have enjoyed the friendship of many peace officers.
The county sheriff where I lived in Florida made me an honorary deputy
sheriff. I still have the credentials to prove it. I count scores (and
maybe hundreds) of law enforcement officers around the country as
friends. In fact, there are scores of peace officers across the country
that financially support my work. I have had kinfolk serve in various
positions of law enforcement. Anyone who knows anything about me knows I
have been a law and order guy all of my life.
I am as much of a red-blooded American patriot as one will find in this
country. I believe in God, the Bible, the Declaration of Independence,
the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I believe in liberty,
justice, and independence. I am a Christian and a pastor. Through my
radio talk show and syndicated column, I have helped to elect many
liberty-minded candidates to municipal, county, State, and federal
offices. And, like Mike Huckabee who is a former pastor, I, too, ran for
the office of President of the United States.
With the above said, it is extremely important that this letter be written,
because so many honorable American traditions and customs are being
radically and rapidly changed--including the philosophies, standard
operating procedures, and rules of engagement of law enforcement. And
the change is not for the better.