This is not satire. Amid all of the controversy surrounding police departments across the country adding blatantly Christian mottos to their police cars, one police department in Austin, AR has made the seemingly simple, but brazenly bold move to adorn their cruisers with the first three unifying words of the preamble of The U.S. Constitution, “We The People.”
I can’t overstate how happy I am for the good folks of Austin, AR. This is a huge step in the right direction and I think Police Chief Jim Kulesa deserves a round of applause for looking for ways to unite his community while setting a new example for departments looking for bumper sticker slogans.
“Chief James Kulesa related; this is to reflect that as law enforcement officers, we are committed and sworn to uphold the laws of this nation and the ideals of the Constitution, without bias, prejudice, or personal opinion. It further reflects law enforcement officers are also ‘We The People’.”
This move comes as many departments have insist on their right to add the four potentially divisive words “In God We Trust” (conjured up by born again Christian politicians amid the Red Scare in the 1950s) to their vehicles, and even scripture to their websites – giving the population the impression of being policed by God Cops. Armed with a badge, a gun, and god, you will respect their god-given authority! (Spoiler Alert: This never ends well for the people without the guns.)
QUESTION? Which of these two mottos do you find to be more appropriate and unifying for a public police department in a free society?
If you are a fan of Austin, AR police’s new (old) motto, be sure to let them know.