This era of political pop culture has seen a startling trend of blatant falsities passed off as indisputable truth.
One such example of this is the way that the left lionizes victims of police shootings without the slightest regard for what the people involved have done. Most had been involved in unlawful behavior and their failure to abide by the lawful commands from a cop contributed to their own demise.
There is nothing that a person can do that would justify the one-off of an unjust slaying at the hands of police officers who blatantly violate procedure, but all too often the radical left makes heroes out of perps who actively threaten the lives of officers or the public.
A generation of useful idiots has been convinced that police officers are equipped with some sort of magical weapon that can subdue a violent suspect without drawing any blood and fail to use it because, you know, systemic racism, or something.
Police officers have always lawfully used violence to subdue violent criminals and are often faced with no other choice if they’re to protect themselves and the public. That’s their job. It’s why we give them guns. Welcome to the real world.
In addition to violent rioters trashing the streets of our cities, counted among these useful idiots are often PR teams for major corporations and professional athletes, who scramble to back the narrative of the radical left without bothering to check if these narratives are a) true and b) even resonate with the majority of the American public.
So we’ve got to hand it to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey, who went along with the team’s decision to place the name of a slain Pittsburg teen on their helmets only to later say he’d regretted doing so, having realized he hadn’t gotten the full story.
Instead, Pouncey has now opted to wear the name of fallen Pittsburg police officer Eric Kelly on his helmet, which he donned during the team’s Sunday game against the Denver Broncos.
Officer Kelly was killed in the line of duty after responding to the scene of a domestic disturbance in April of 2009. Kelly was struck by rifle fire when officers knocked on a suspect’s door, and he opened fire without warning, ambushing the officers.
Sunday’s game marks the second member of the Steelers to move away from the “team decision” to place the name of Pittsburgh teenager, Antwon Rose, Jr., on their helmets.
Last week, Pouncey announced that he regretted putting Rose’s name on his helmet during the September 14 game against the New York Giants. A Pittsburgh police officer killed Rose in June of 2018 after officers pulled over a car in which the teen was riding.
The Steelers had supposedly met as a team and chose to honor Rose with an untied effort by placing the teen’s name on the back of their helmets. But days later, Pouncey said that he was never given the full story of Rose’s death and later found out that a shooting victim had identified the teen as having been the triggerman in a drive-by shooting.
This week, Pouncey was true to his word with his decision to break from his team by shedding Rose’s name and, instead, adding officer Kelly’s.
As evangelist Billy Graham said, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”