Ron Martinelli, Ph.D.
Forensic Criminologist/Law Enforcement Expert
If you read my column, you know that I rarely write a “political”
piece, but today is an exception that some of you might reflect upon and
appreciate. In fact, I hope you will share it with others if you agree
After the passing of Hurricane Harvey, Houston is under water. Tens of thousands of residents of the nation’s 4th
largest city and its surrounding suburbs have lost their homes and
businesses. The water will be in the area for weeks and now the region
is bracing for the possible landfall of Hurricane Irma. If Irma brings
more rain to the Houston area, the residents and rescuers might very
well be back where they started.
Right now, hundreds of thousands of Houston area residents have been
displaced is one manner or another. Many have no homes left to return
to; no businesses to work at; no way to earn an income; and no way to
drive or even walk from one place to another. Thousands are staying in
public and private shelters with only the clothes on their backs and
metal camping cots to sleep on. They are dependent upon the good will of
others for food, water and clothing. The municipal, state and federal
governments have so far done a truly remarkable job responding to the
safety, security and immediate sustenance needs of the people of
Houston. In the Republic of Texas “Texas Strong” spirit, it’s all about
neighbors and strangers coming to the aid of each other. Texans don’t
complain; they “Get-er-done.” They get their hands dirty. They pitch in.
They do what needs to be done to help each other. You have to be a
Texan to understand it.
In all of this, I am reminded that Houston residents voted heavily
for Hillary Clinton in the last election where Donald J. Trump was
ultimately elected as our 45th President. Houston has been a
democratic voting area for a long time. As a retired cop and law
enforcement expert, I am keenly aware that number of Houston’s minority
residents have been supporters of the anti-police Black Lives Matter
movement. Other Houston residents have been supporters on the Antifa
movement which is a fascist movement that is also heavily anti-law
What struck me as being remarkable in this tragedy for the people of
Houston is that the people who have been conspicuously absent from
helping those in need are the very people and groups that proport to be
all about “The People.” To the point, where are Black Lives Matter,
Antifa and their left-leaning, anti-police, anti-President Trump
surrogates like Hillary & Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer,
Maxine Waters, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?
None of these so-call “all about the people” people are anywhere to be
found getting their hands dirty, or opening their pocketbooks to assist
the residents and their supporters in Houston.
We have been reading and watching for months stories about the
uber-rich Clinton Foundation. Yet not one dime has been removed from its
coffers to fund needed food and supplies for those in need in Houston.
Former President Clinton went to Haiti to supposedly aid that nation
after their catastrophic earthquake, yet he is a no-show in Houston.
While many blacks in Houston are in desperate need of food, clothing,
shelter and money just to survive, Black Lives Matter is nowhere to be
found to assist in any of their needs. So apparently, Houston black
lives don’t matter to them so much.
How about the members and supporters of Antifa who battle with police
in the streets while they scream out for “social justice?” Nowhere to
be found in Houston. What happened to their idea of social justice here?
Democratic Speaker Pelosi, Senator Schumer, Senator Waters? Nope.
Haven’t seen em helping their Democratic constituents and I will bet you
that none of these elite rich politicians have even written one check
to any of the Houston relief funds to offer support.
Anyone seen Reverend Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, or Bill DeBlasio in
Houston yet? Nope. No need for them because there are no signs of racial
discord or police injustice in Houston to be found and politically
Who’s got Houston’s back? Well, look around because
it’s not hard to figure that one out. It’s the cops – law enforcement;
that’s who. Yup, those same people that the Mainstream Media and all the
conspicuously absent love to criticize are the ones who have been and
continue to risk their lives for the people of Houston. They are among
the First Responders, the rescuers. They are on the front lines
providing food, shelter and emotional support for their fellow citizens;
even while many officers have lost their own homes and personal
possessions. They have got Houston’s back in their hour of need.
It’s the people and groups who are on TV criticizing law enforcement;
the elite rich politicians; the anti-police Marxist groups; the
hypocrites and the race baiters who are the prominently absent. And
Texas and Texans don’t need them. I think they never did.
So, I hope that Houston citizens’ memories are long to remember who
had and continues to have their back when things go south. You might not
always agree with law enforcement, but when the chips are down, they’ve
got your back with others abandon you.
About the Author
Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., is a nationally renowned forensic criminologist and law enforcement expert who is the author of the popular book, “The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police,” (Amazon.com). Dr. Martinelli, hangs his cowboy hat in Texas. His forensic site is found at: www.DrRonMartinelli.com.