by Jerry Richardson 1/6/15
Given his comments at the funeral of NYC police-officer Liu, it seems that FBI Director James Comey is trying to understand the wrong thing. He does not actually need to “understand evil” in order to properly do his job.
“FBI Director James Comey on Sunday honored murdered New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu and remarked that he was shocked and bewildered by the increased number of police officer deaths in 2014.
“One hundred and fifteen were killed last year,” he said. “That’s a shocking increase from 2013. I don’t understand evil and I cannot try.””
—FBI Chief at Liu’s Funeral
In his official capacity as Director of the FBI, Comey should be concerned about understanding the cause for the “shocking increase from 2013” of police-officer deaths. Since he stated that he was “shocked and bewildered” about the increase, we can legitimately conclude that he is either clueless or feigning ignorance—I think feigning is more likely.
In the unlikely event that he is actually clueless, I suggest that a good place for him to gain understanding of the “shocking increase from 2013” of police-officer deaths” would be to examine the wide-spread false-narrative creation of animosity toward the US Justice System and the nation’s police-forces whose duty is to support the rule of law.
Comey should spend an hour or so on the Internet and research some of the disrespectful and dishonest comments, about police officers and law enforcement officials in general, made by President Obama, the AG Eric Holder, the major of NYC, Bill de Blasio, and of course the too-numerous-to-count comments broadcast by the denigrate-America media, and made by race-hustlers such as Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson.
To oppose evil, it is not actually necessary to understand it—of course that may help but even so, it is not absolutely necessary; the rock-bottom necessity is to properly identify it, which is simply to recognize evil for what it is: Evil; and for what it is not: It is NOT Good. First Identify evil; then stop it or prevent it. As Sherlock Holmes said: “Elementary, my dear Watson”—certainly, elementary unless you are a Progressive.
And to those who want to carp that good and evil are very subjective and relative terms; my response is that subjective and/or relative good and evil is a primary facet of the morally-unmoored ideological-malady that has been brought into our modern-world by post-modern relativism.
Prior to the post-modern ideology invasion, the world for centuries had a reasonably-standard, biblically-influenced view concerning good and evil. The 10 Commandments were considered, at least in most of Western civilization, as a beginning scaffold for determining good and evil. The influence of the 10 Commandments could be found in the legal statues of most western nations. This widely-shared worldview has been increasingly disparaged in favor of post-modern ideology: All truth is relative; no truth is absolute—except of course the one just stated.
As a simple illustration of the difference between “understanding” and “identifying” evil, I offer as exhibit 1, Hitler and the Nazis during WWII. I dare say that many if not most people, even today, do not “understand” the “evil” that was instantiated by the Nazis. Modern scholars, both professional and amateur, have continued to study the Nazis ideology and to give their theories as to how and why it was what it was—well, in simplest terms, it was evil. And often-times, evil is not easy to understand due to subtle and not-so subtle elements of irrationality.
But I believe that I can say without fear of contradiction that courageous and honest people in many different countries during the run-up to WWII had absolutes NO difficulty in “identifying” the indisputable evil that the Nazis and their ideology represented. There were, as there are today, political appeasers, such as Neville Chamberlain (our modern counterpart is Barack Obama), who deluded themselves into thinking that they “understood” Hitler; but at the same time they were completely unwilling to deal with the reality staring them in the face, and to take the important simple-step of labeling Hitler and the Nazis for exactly what they were: Evil.
Exhibit 2, Islamists; we have too many political leaders in the world today who are only trying to “understand” Islamists. Why does any nation need to only “understand” any group of people who have vowed to subjugate or annihilate them? Does anyone really need to “understand” a rattle-snake that slithers into their home? “Understanding may be helpful but it isn’t necessary. What is essential is to “identify” evil and then destroy it, at least fight against it. The current Obama Administration refuses to correctly “identify” (name) Islamic Terrorists for the evil organizations they are. The Obama Administration will not even call them what the entire world knows that they are—two words—Islamic and Terrorists.
As is well-known in any realm of practical problem-solving, without proper labeling and identification no problem can be adequately dealt-with.
Yes America currently has a growing problem with our latest home-grown variety of evil—the radical, organized effort to undermine our justice system—but the problem in opposing it is not a lack of proper understanding, it is a lack of candor for proper labeling. The deadly problem of mislabeling evil was long ago described succinctly in the Bible:
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
—Isaiah 5:20 NASB
Too many people in American today, including many of our so-called leaders, when given a public platform with the opportunity to speak truth, choose instead to avoid the truth; they simply will not clearly and correctly label evil even when it comes crashing down upon our collective heads.
For the FBI director to make the inappropriate and illogical statement that, “I don’t understand evil and I cannot try,” at the funeral of a NYC police officer who was assassinated in a vicious act of indisputable evil is sadly illustrative of America’s latest problem with evil—it is not a problem of understanding, it is a problem of political- cowardliness. It would have been the unvarnished truth if Director Comey had stated:
“I will not name or call-out this evil; I will not identify it.”
This sort of abdication of truth-speaking leaves the field for influencing-the-public wide-open to the Al Sharpton’s and other race- demagogues, of the nation to call good evil and evil good; to call police-killing good and rule-of-law evil; to call rioting and pillaging good and law-enforcement evil. It is the substitution of the darkness of lying (evil) for the powerful and righteous-light of truth (good). Woe unto us if we are personally or collectively standing silently-by while this is happening!
FBI Director Comey was the highest-ranked member of the Obama Administration to attend the funeral—Obama was too unconcerned, and of course, too busy vacationing and playing golf to attend.
Shamefully, Director Comey won’t publically identify evil; of course, that’s his ticket for staying safe in the Obama Administration.
In an all-to-typical bureaucratic-word-spin, the Directory of the FBI is apparently claiming that he “cannot” even “try” to “understand” that the cold-blooded assassination of two uniformed police officers—guilty of being on-duty in their patrol car—is evil. Discerning this simple reality does not require any scholarly “understanding.”
Understanding (“knowing and comprehending the nature or meaning of”) of evil can be left to the philosophers, pastors, priests, personal counselors and others; identifying evil and protecting US citizens from it is the primary duty of the Director of the FBI; and if he cannot identify evil, especially when it involves cold-blooded, premeditated assassination; then he neither has the character nor the experience to be the director of the FBI.
Woe to Director Comey and the numerous other Obama-minions like him who either totally sidestep any issue of good and evil, or else attempt to justify it:
“…call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
—Isaiah 5:20 NASB
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