Montana Sheriff Offers Poignant Words After Another Fatal Attack on Law Enforcement
In Montana, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton posted words from President Abraham Lincoln after yet another attack on law enforcement personnel occurred this past weekend, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dutton's post on Facebook referenced a speech by Lincoln, commonly called 'the House Divided speech', before he became President of the United States, speaking on the issue of slavery, and its divisive and destructive influence on the new country. Dutton's words are copied below, with his permission.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South."
The House Divided Speech was an address given by Abraham Lincoln (who would later become President of the United States) on June 16, 1858, at what was then the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
How is it that someone is trying to reverse time to one of our most bloodiest wars in our nations history. We are citizens of the United States, no matter color of skin.
Peace Officers are necessary and are accountable to the citizens of this country.
God bless our soldiers who have served our county to keep us a free nation. God bless our Peace Officers who maintain public safety inside our borders.
We who wear the badge, nationwide do so with honor, courage and dedication. We cannot do the job properly without you, the American Citizen. Please be with us.
Sheriff Dutton's words will be featured with respect on the Montana Morning news on KGVO 101.5 FM, 1290-AM and on our website at Newstalkkgvo.com on Monday, July 18.