Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) delivered the following remarks at the Hunterdon County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Flemington this morning:
On September 11, 2001, 2,977 men and women were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Sen. Michael Doherty spoke at the Hunterdon County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Flemington on the morning of September 11, 2020. (SenateNJ.com)
Of the dead, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the scene. These included:
343 firefighters of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.
23 police officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services.
1 patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol.
In the 20 years that followed, hundreds of emergency workers have died of 9/11 related illnesses.
In September 2019, ABC News reported that 241 members of the NYPD have died of 9/11-related illnesses — compared to the 23 killed in the attack on the World Trade Center.
In December 2019, CBS News Reported that 200 fire fighters have now reportedly died from illnesses related to the September 11th attacks.
When trouble arrives, and people need help, first responders, the police, fire, and EMS, step into the breach.
We need to thank our police, fire and EMS. We need to support these heroic individuals.
2020 has been a very disturbing year. Impeachment. COVID-19 shut downs. Burning cities. An upcoming election in November.
Put perhaps the most disturbing development has been the attack on law enforcement and calls to defund the police.
These demands to defund the police are based upon allegations of systemic racism being thrown about by Marxist organizations, such as Black Lives Matter, which have burned cities, burned churches, destroyed private property, and terrorized American citizens.
The United States does not have systemic racism.
It is an evil lie. We must have the courage to oppose these wicked, baseless allegations.
What does systemic racism mean?
How is systemic racism defined?
Is it systemic racism when an African American, Barrack Obama, is elected twice as president?
Is it systemic racism to provide free, taxpayer funded health care for anyone who cannot afford it, regardless of race?
Is it systemic racism to provide free, taxpayer funded food vouchers for those who cannot afford food, regardless of race?
The list continues. Free, taxpayer funded heat and electricity. Cell phones. Internet. Regardless of race.
The same applies here in New Jersey. There is no systemic racism.
Would a systemically racist state, New Jersey, have laws and court orders that transfer billions of dollars every year from suburban taxpayers to urban areas to fund poorer schools, regardless of race?
Would a systemically racist state provide taxpayer funded housing for the poor, regardless of race?
Would a systemically racist state provide subsidized car insurance premiums for those living in the cities? Forcing suburbanites to pay more so those living in the cities can pay less, regardless of race?
Would a systemically racist state have hiring preferences for minorities written into the law?
Would a systemically racist state have contract preferences and quotas for minorities written into the law?
Thomas Sowell is an American economist, author, and professor. He is currently senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is an African American.
Recently, Sowell stated, “We keep hearing that “black lives matter,” but they seem to matter only when that helps politicians to get votes, or when that slogan helps demagogues demonize the police.”
Walter Williams is an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is an African American.
Recently, Williams stated, “There are only two ways to explain the silence by people who should know better. Either they agree with the sentiments expressed or they are out-and-out cowards. Decent American people ought to soundly reject and condemn this brazen attack.”
We have many challenges remaining in 2020. Possibly more Covid-19 shut downs. An economic downturn. Food shortages. A contested election. More trouble is on the way and it is right around the corner.
Are we a civilized society under the rule of law or not?
The call to defund the police is part of an agenda that seeks to create chaos and mayhem in the United States. These forces want the police out of the way so that the lawless agenda can be fully implemented. The only thing standing in the way is the blue line.
We must have the courage and the will power to oppose this agenda and support our law enforcement personnel.
May God grant all of us the wisdom and fortitude to remain vocal and strong supporters of the police, our men and women in Blue.
19 years ago today, police, fire and EMS climbed the towers at the World Trade Center with one selfless, unified goal – to save human life, regardless of race. Nothing has changed in the interim.