Front Page Magazine announced it’s “Man of the Year” for 2015 — an individual with the clearest voice to counter the anti-police rhetoric following the August, 2014 Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
That person is Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., who has also been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
“War had been declared on the American police officer led by some high-profile people, one of them coming out of the White House, and one coming out of the United States Department of Justice,” Clarke said. “And it’s open season right now.”
But although he’s only come into the national spotlight during the last couple of years, he’s dedicated a lifetime to service. Front Page Mag reported:
For decades, Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. put his life and his energies into protecting and serving the people of Milwaukee County. Though always a man of strong opinions, it was when the White House cheered a war on police and pushed through pro-crime policies, freeing drug dealers while locking up police officers that he emerged as a national figure of unquestionable moral authority.
“In the early days of this cop hating we didn’t have a voice to counter that message: we are racist, blood-thirsty. We didn’t have a counter narrative which is why I stepped up and tried to be that counter narrative,” Clarke explained. “I realized once I started taking on the attorney general and the president of the United States I was in the deep end of the pool. It is dangerous in the deep end of the pool.”
When Attorney General Eric Holder met Sheriff Clarke he sneered, “What’s up with the hat?” Political opponents have mocked Sheriff Clarke as a “big cowboy.” And indeed, the Sheriff of Milwaukee County wears a cowboy hat and he can be seen riding a horse. He also preaches “cowboy values” like speaking frankly and telling people that they have to be ready to stand up to criminals.
The meeting between Holder and Clarke was a clash of worldviews. In Holder’s social justice worldview, fighting crime only feeds the root causes of crime. The criminal is the victim. The crime victim is the perpetrator. Every arrest, whether of a drug dealer or a terrorist, only causes more crime.
And knowing that police cannot be everywhere at all times, his stance on Second Amendment issues has always been clear.
“You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed or you can fight back,” he told his constituents. “You have a duty to protect yourself and your family.”
Front Page Mag refers to Clarke as “America’s sheriff,” a moniker he has earned through principled dedication and hard work.
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