Statement Regarding the Passing of David Dorn

Good Evening,

We have lost many innocent civilians in the past few weeks due, in part, to the violent protests ravaging through our great nation. It is unfortunate that we will never be able to properly commemorate these fine Americans, but we can do our best to promote at least a few stories of the accomplishments of who they were as a person. No, I do not mean any sort of accolades or certificates which show that they successfully graduated from college, or from a training course prior to entering the workforce. I am referring to the true accomplishments one achieves in life, such as being a gleeful son, or a sidekick of a brother, or a proud father. I am talking about the events in life which matter most to you when you know that your life is coming to an end. Or, in the case of these civilians, the moments which flashed before their eyes as their last chapter on Earth concluded without warning. Their lives were taken in cold blood, and we cannot forget who they are, what they stood for, or the loved ones that they leave behind. They had not known that they would never wake to see another day. They did not get the chance, that invaluable ability to call or see their family once more prior to their passing. While this statement is directly addressing the passing of Captain Dorn, we must also take a moment to commemorate our fellow civilians who also have perished as a result of the extensive violence playing out in the streets across America the past few weeks. If you have the ability to do so, I encourage you to seek out donation services to help the families recover from these tragedies and cover the unforeseen expense of a funeral, one which they must conduct far sooner than ever anticipated.

Captain David Dorn, a retired police captain of St. Louis, was brutally shot outside a pawn shop. He was the type of person who actually stood up for the morals that this movement, the Black Lives Matter movement, preached. He wholeheartedly agreed with the basic concept of equality and the ambition this generation has to achieve that premise. He would give his life to stand up for these activists, and he ultimately lost his to looters who diminish the very morals this movement is founded upon. Dorn was working security for this pawn shop, which was owned by his friend. He went to check the alarm when it rang early Tuesday morning, only to find looters at the doorstep. He did his part to attempt to allow the group to walk away peacefully, but they took advantage of the situation, murdered Dorn in cold-blood, and proceeded to rob the shop. Similar instances have played out throughout the nation, to business owners, employees, residents of large apartment buildings, and so on. Not only have these violent rioters destroyed countless properties, effectively depleting the life savings of your average mom-and-pop shop, but they have now resorted to the ruthless killings of innocent bystanders. When have we ever stood for a group of vandals who set an apartment building ablaze while occupied by a little girl and her mother? How do we defend that and their following action of preventing firefighters from entering the building to save the family? We have never stood for such immoral actions, and we haven’t for one simple reason: they defy every principle we have abided by since the dawn of modern humanity. I urge everyone to join with me in condemning the actions of these rioters. They must be held accountable for their crimes just as the officers who murdered Mr. Floyd must be held accountable for theirs. To denounce their actions and go on to praise the violence playing out on the streets is hypocritical and fails to advance the movement that we are all advocating for. Our society is currently unraveling at its seams, and if we allow this to continue, we will not have a democratic society to reform at all. We must commence the layout of reform, as presented in my prior statement, but this violence gets us nowhere close to the exceptional results we seek. These are human beings, and no life is worth losing.

Captain Dorn was an esteemed colleague of his police department. The department mourns his loss, as do we as a nation. We have lost so many priceless lives as a result of reckless actions. Mr. Dorn leaves behind a wife who also serves in the same department which he had retired from. The shock of this event will not subside in our nation for months, but it will likely never leave his loved ones and close friends. We had only known Mr. Dorn for the short five minutes he was recorded on camera, and yet those close to him have a lifetime of memories which they have shared together. Know that we stand with you, in solidarity, in unity, in remembrance of a fine man who lived his life on the basic idea of dedicating service to aid others. We will forever appreciate your commitment to service, even if it cannot be openly expressed at this tumultuous time. Police officers do not get the credit, the recognition, and the respect they deserve for the sheer devotion they give to their communities. Captain Dorn served 38 years for his department, and many other officers dedicate at least 20 years as well. That service will not go unnoticed or underappreciated, rest assured.

Lastly, I would like to comment on the heightened tensions between the public and blue-collared workers. I have already released my plan on how to reform policing to be more accepting, and more equatable to all communities in the 21st century. However, I would like to point out something that, I feel, has gone unsaid for long enough. I believe that the vast majority of police officers are good people at heart, and are guided by the proper moral principles that we would expect them to be. Take Captain Dorn for example, he is a fine gentleman who served for 38 years without notable complaint, and forged a long record of being well-liked by the community and colleagues alike. I understand and wholeheartedly agree that we need drastic reform in the way which we practice our policing tactics, but we cannot completely blame those who don the uniform as comparatively intolerable. The officers must adhere to the policy they are guided by, and there are certainly many policies which are not acceptable and should be eradicated. But by and large, most officers are good people. And I am confident that, once these steps are implemented to reform policing, those who are the negligent members of the pack will become obvious to all and will be dismissed immediately. We, the people, can coexist with blue-collar workers. We, the people, must coexist with blue-collar workers if we are to continue on as a society. We do not need to establish a police state, but we cannot fall into a state of anarchy and nihilism either. It is in our own self-interest that the police continue to hold a place in society, and it is also in our own self-interest that we enact the reform necessary to ensure that minorities are never treated unjustly by officers of the law again, and that impose limits to the control the police hold. Let us learn from prior mistakes while crafting our newfound future. And in that essence, we forge forward and call for action and accountability. But let us not overlook our own credence, either. We must hold ourselves accountable for our own missteps, as it would be vastly insincere to hold oneself to a different standard than others. If we are ever to achieve blanket equality, we must be mindful of our own partialities, and act diligently to overcome them.

Cordially,

– C. Lewis

Weekly Update (4/5/20-4/11/20)

Good Evening,

I hope that this address finds you all well and in good health during this trying time. This week alone seems to drag along a plethora of comprehensive events which seem to necessitate an update. I would like to make it clear, going forward, that this page will be dedicated towards social commentary on these developments rather than breaking the news itself. I’d urge all readers to follow their desired news outlet for the latest news as always, but would recommend you all to follow along with my posts if they help provide you a voice or give you a peace of mind at the very least. With that all being said, I will briefly hit on a few specific event events and then proceed forward with the post and it’s overarching message. Feel free to skim past the bullet points if you are more enthralled with the vital message alone.

  • Recently, naval captain Brett Crozier was dishonorably relieved of his duties as leader of his crew. He spoke out for the need of resources to combat the spread of COVID-19 within the squad, yet was ignored and reprimanded for speaking out of line. In short, his crew showed their admiration for their captain as he departed the ship and were displeased with the move.
    • In ordinary times, I would venture to guess that this ordeal would never see the light of day or get media coverage in the way that it is now. This is understandable, and the backstory to his firing is remarkable. I feel as if this move is out of the need to uphold the stance of leadership more so than of necessity to active service regulations. The captain had a right to request additional resources and was simply looking out for the welfare of his men. Although the means of making the situation known seem inadequate to the leadership which released him of his duties, it is a telling remark of what holds priority in this administration.
  • State governments have rightfully exerted their authority in attempting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, two states recently stick out rather noticeably for their lack of a comprehensive agenda. This week, citizens of Wisconsin hit the polls to share their input in the primary elections. Wisconsin’s governor attempted to postpone the election to June, as many other states have done, yet the Wisconsin Supreme Court shot the proposal down. This was a move of political motivations, as a seat on the Court was up for grabs in this primary, and the Courts would rather jeopardize citizen’s health than risk their chances of losing the seat by postponing the election. This is an utter disgrace to the people who had to break the stay-at-home order to exercise their democratic right of voting. Not to mention the lack of open polling locations, with only 5 of approximately 90 locations open in the key city of Milwaukee. Public health can not be endangered at any costs, and this event should be a reminder of how political agendas can often prioritize the wrong ideals.
  • As I stated above, there are two sour states in the crop that is attempting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I would like to turn your attention towards Florida. Interestingly, Florida was one of the final states to issue any restriction which would help flatten the curve of spreading COVID-19. Further more, several videos have surfaced online showing how Florida has overall ignored the move toward restricting ordinary business proceedings. Luckily, enough pressure was applied by concerned citizens to compel Gov. DeSantis into issuing a formal stay-at-home ordinance. I would hope that, in future crises, governmental officials who are widely considered potential candidates for the Presidency can make these vital decisions by their own thinking without being pressured into them by their constituents. Concurrently, I would like to acknowledge Gov. Cuomo’s handling of the situation in NY and how proactive and empathetic he has been in his daily briefings. I hope that more governors can attempt to spread optimism while sharing the crucial facts of the situation we are facing.
  • Lastly, Presidential hopeful competing in the 2020 Democratic Primary, Senator Bernie Sanders, has suspended his campaign. I will not dive into the specifics of his withdrawal from the race or the fine print of his plan moving forward. Rather, I will hone in on one specific tidbit from his speech which may come into play down the line that warrants addressing now. Sanders promised his supporters that he will be on the ballot in every remaining state primary. He also stated his intent to hold on to his delegate count rather than disperse them towards another candidate. Essentially, Sanders is making a political play by maintaining and attempting to further grow his delegate count. You see, when a candidate drops out, they will release the delegates won by their campaign, and those delegates will then remain unallocated or be transferred to the nominee if the candidate chooses to endorse said nominee. In this instance, Sanders ‘suspended’ his campaign, meaning he will continue to amass delegates which he can hold on to through the convention. Furthermore, a candidate who suspends their campaign without endorsing a fellow candidate can reenter the race at any point during the primary season. I do not believe that Sanders will revive his campaign, but I do believe that he will play a prominent role in this primary going forward, despite not being an active candidate. He will be at the convention, and he will attempt to push the party platform further left on several issues. His play will be influence, as he won enough delegates to make the claim that his support is vital to the success of the nominee, in this case presumptively Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden. This is a topic I intend to cover in a more formal matter in the near future.

Now that I have concluded the poltical-intensive portion of the update, I would like to share an update that directly impacts my neck of the woods in Pennsylvania. Today, Gov. Wolf officially declared that schools would not engage in typical instruction for the remainder of the school year. Rather, students will continue to learn from a distance through technological methodologies. I am surprised by this sudden update, not that it was announced, but rather the feeling that it came out of nowhere. I was always rather realistic about the chances of going back to the school buildings being slim to none, but operated under the assumption that the decision to call the rest of the year off would be held off until May at the soonest. As such, the announcement was shocking but inevitable, and I for one am glad to have some clarity on where we go from this point forward. However, I have heard the outcry of the graduating class across the region, and how they will never get to enjoy the typical procedure of senior prom, class day, graduation, and several other cherished gatherings. I am truly empathetic towards those seniors who are afflicted in this way, but encourage you all to keep your heads up high. You all have very promising futures ahead of you, and I hope that this disappointment doesn’t deter that potential from rising out of you all. I believe that this is a situation which we must use as a sense of motivation, not despair. You can now state that you obtained your diploma while the world was pressed by a pandemic. In the future, this moment will define you, regardless of how much you wish otherwise. It defines your character, your motivation, your inspiration, your sense of commitment, and could very well define your path forward. Survival is never a guarantee, especially in times of imminent danger like we are facing presently. I hope that this event invigorates you all to work harder than ever and shows you that you all can overcome every challenge, however significant, you are pressed with. And to those who hear a new calling as a result of this crisis, I am sure you are not alone. All of those who enter the medical field as a result of this pandemic will undoubtedly come in with a chip on their soldier, and I hope that each one of you find a sense of closure and also a sense of pride in your choice. That sentiment is applied to all work forces concurrently. You all have a future, which only YOU can shape, so go on and begin to sculpt it into your desired path. In 1917 and 1979, senior classes around the nation were uprooted to uphold their civic duty if in fact drafted into war. They also did not experience the typical ceremonies of transition from high school to adult life. They were catapulted into foreign places, both physically and emotionally. I hope that the class of 2020 can learn from generations prior and formulate their own, unique sense of closure while they still have the chance.

The Jewish communities spread all across the world began their celebration of the sacred event of Passover yesterday. Today, the Roman Catholic Church worshiped the holy day known as Holy Thursday. As many of you know, Easter is celebrated on Sunday. This year is definitively unique and unprecedented in terms of how we, as religious communities, celebrate these events. Even those who are not of a religious affiliation hold hope during this time of uncertainty. We all are holding optimism and praying in our own ways that the end of this crisis is on the horizon. In times of peril, it is vital that we unite as families, as communities, as a nation to work through the aftermath, the certain feeling of grief sweeping across inflicted families across the world. The arrival of ‘Holy Week’ typically brings with it a sense of solence and moral reappraisal. We all take aim at following a track which preaches the idea of kindness, humility, caring, among other traits. It is imperative that we wholly embrace these values now, in the situation that is playing out before our eyes. These sacred holidays are being celebrated in a much different scene than normal for many families, yet there is light at the end of the tunnel. As one would see light glimmer through the dark skies on a day of seemingly dull prospects, be it in a liturgical sense or otherwise, we too can foresee the light shinning through, indicative of the end of an unmistakable tragedy. As I have stated from the beginning, my deepest sympathies are with those affected by this disease and their families during the Easter season. We, as a country, are pulling for you all to overcome this abominable illness.

Warm Regards,

C. Lewis