They are hated, cursed, taunted, spit upon and killed by the lawless; but loved, praised, admired, saluted and welcomed by those who abide by the law.
I'm talking Police here - the man (or woman) behind the badge. Called Pig, Smokey, Fuzz or the Heat by the bad guys (among other things); but Friend, Protector, Officer and Sir by the good guys.
Police, second only to Miners, have the most stressful job on planet Earth according to Time Magazine's research on stressful occupations. Their responsibilities are enormous; they must make split second decisions on whether to draw and be sued, or not draw and be dead!
If that isn't stressful, I don't know what else you can call it?
Without police, a/k/a "Earth Angels" we would live in anarchy. Up to our ever lovin' necks in chaos, disorder, mayhem, gangsters, thieves, rioters, etc, etc, etc.
Okay, so I've had a speeding ticket; and yes, I mumbled some untranslatable words under my breath at the time; but when I'm being mugged, carjacked or having my purse snatched...what a Welcome Sight it is to see that mean old "Speed Busting Officer" pull up with siren wailing and blue lights flashing!
"Oh, am I glad to see you!" ...wishing I had the guts to hug his neck in gratitude.
Isn't that strange? Yesterday he looked like a man with two horns and a tail - but NOW? Hey, he looks like a Knight in white Shining Armor. Amazing, eh? (and you secretly are ashamed of yesterday's mumblings under your breath)
Sure, there are some bad cops; but that doesn't mean the entire force is depraved. Are all doctors evil because of Dr.Kevorkian? Are all ministers rotten because of a few bad apples like Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker? Of course not!
Police may wear a uniform and carry a badge, but they're human and have the same frustrations, fears, and problems that we all have - with the exception that their friends are few...and foes many.
Like the great Indian Chief once said, "Oh Great Spirit, Maker of Men, forbid that I judge any man until I have walked for two moons in his moccasins."
"Indian Chief makes good sense!"
Lest we forget...behind every badge beats a heart of courage and bravery. These Earth Angels prove it every day by putting their lives on the line for you and me.
How about a smile, a wave or a friendly Hello, or perhaps even a "thank you"... it will help to lighten their load and make their day!
Think about it.
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