I CAN’T BREATHE — Over a Lot of Things

Written by Dave Daubenmire on December 12, 2014

I want to say right up front that I do not think that the cops are always right. In fact, my involvement in on-the-street pro-life ministry has proven to me that the average cop does not even know the law. They simply follow orders as directed by their superiors.

I appreciate good cops. We need more of them. But merely wearing a badge does not give anyone the right to ignore or make-up the law. We are a nation of laws. When those who enforce the laws are exempt from following the laws, then we are on our way to tyranny.

Race had nothing to do with either of the recent major national stories. It is sad that the real issue of our militarized police has been wrapped in the blanket of race. Both “victims” were responsible for what happened to them. In many cities the cops are above the law and if you haven’t figured that out yet, then you are in for some serious trouble. Sadly, neither Michael Brown nor Eric Garner had done the math.

Here is my advice for anyone who has a confrontation with the cops…comply and record. Do what the cops ask you to do, and be sure and record the encounter. You don’t have to get killed in order to show that your rights were violated.

Eric Garner was not strangled. In fact, the coroner did not list suffocation as the cause of death. I spent some time as a high school wrestling coach and I have heard many wrestlers scream “I can’t breathe” when they find themselves in a hold that constricts the neck area. The fact that a young man screams “I can’t breathe” on the wrestling mat proves that he can. You cannot scream when you cannot breathe.

So on Monday night LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers showed up for pre-game warm-ups against Brooklyn wearing a shirt that read I CAN’T BREATHE!!

I took one look at the shirt and began to chuckle. It shows the power of the media to create a narrative. There are so many other things going on in this nation that take my breath away that I don’t even know where to begin. I feel sorry for Eric Garner, but can I tell you a few things that make me want to scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

Every time I contemplate the magnitude of 60 million unborn babies being slaughtered in their mommy’s womb, I run out of air. If we could imagine what a mountain of 60 million little skulls would look like, it should make us scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

I feel the air go out of my lungs when I look at the government-held student debt that the average college student graduates with. The average mortgage takes 30 years to pay off, and today students graduate from college with the equivalent of a mortgage before they get their first paycheck. The enslavement of our children by the education-cabal makes me want to scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

Whenever I try to picture in my mind what 20 million illegal immigrants looks like, I start gasping for air. Please understand that most of them do not comprehend the American way of life, can’t speak the language, and maintain loyalty to another country. The balkanization of this nation makes me want to scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

One trillion one-dollar bills laid end to end would stretch to the moon and back 200 times. If you spent 1 million dollars a day since the birth of Christ, you would not have spent a trillion dollars yet. A trillion is one million million. A trillion is nearly 32,000 years counted in seconds. Watch this. We all should scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

The IRS is not a government agency. It is the collection arm of the Federal Reserve Bank. The American Dollar is not backed by anything except the “full faith and credit” of the United States Government. The Post Office alone is $100 billion in debt. I’m sorry, but I CAN’T BREATHE!!

More than 50% of Americans don’t work, even though we are told that the unemployment rate is only 7%. Our government lies to us about everything. There is no transparency and there is no accountability. Even though Congress has an approval rating of 8%, the reelection rate is nearly 90%. Our corrupt, dysfunctional government makes me want to scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

Nearly 20 million Evangelical Christians did not vote in the last Presidential election. Another 20 million aren’t even registered. Everywhere you look, Christian values are under attack. The average pastor will no longer speak against sin, so sin has become acceptable in America. The failure of the “Church” to engage the culture makes me want to scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

We live under a lawless government. The Constitution is no longer treated as the law of the land, the Bible is no longer taught as the Word of God, and many who swear upon the Bible to uphold the Constitution are derelict in their duty. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
(Proverbs 29:2) The immorality in America makes me want to scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

As racial tensions continue to escalate, fueled by the actions of our first black President and first black Attorney General, race-baiting Al Sharpton, who owes $4.5 million in back taxes, is invited to the White House to offer advice and “dialogue” on racial harmony. The fact that he is permitted anywhere near the seat of power makes me want to scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

Marriage has always been the building block of the uniquely-American society. Today, more than half of all marriages end in divorce. 70% of black babies are born without a father in the home. Male on male and female on female sex is taught in our schools as normal, and 25% of American teenagers have a sexually transmitted disease. The wallowing in the sexual-pigpen makes me want to scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

In America, 90% of high school dropouts are on welfare. 85% of juvenile offenders are functionally illiterate. Over 75% of America’s prison inmates cannot read above 4th grade level. Low literacy rates cost $70 million per year in healthcare costs. Washington DC, which spends nearly $25,000 per student in their schools, has the worst performing schools in America. The fact that millions of Americans cannot read Lebron James’ t-shirt makes me scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

Jesus accused the Pharisees of “straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel.” He chastised them for ignoring the “weightier matters of the law.” The fact that America’s problems are moral and not racial is evident for anyone who is open-minded enough to look. When will God-fearing Americans stand up and demand that Biblical morality be restored as the standard of living for all of America’s citizens?

With all due respect to Eric Garner, America is suffocating in a cesspool of immorality. That is what should make us all scream I CAN’T BREATHE!!

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Dave Daubenmire
Dave Daubenmire is a veteran 35 year high school football coach who was spurred to action when attacked and sued by the ACLU in the late 1990s for praying with his high school football team. After a two year battle for his 1st amendment rights, the ACLU relented and offered coach an out of court settlement.