This first appeared in The Havok Journal on January 7, 2021.
I tend to avoid politics due to my utter disgust with most politicians. I equate most of them to that white stuff that accumulates at the corner of a goat’s mouth. That’s right, gross!
First and foremost I’m a combat veteran and very active LEO.
Yesterday was something I would expect to see in countries that are ruled by dictators, by tyrannical governments, by straight-out evil fuckers who seize power by illegal means and cause all-out genocide. What we witnessed yesterday were extremists.
Now, this extremism is manufactured and generated by both sides of the aisle. Red and Blue caused this. For the last decade or more it has been happening. I am an American. My family escaped war-torn nations to come here for a better life.
My way of showing gratitude was joining the military, going to war, and continuing my service to the United States. NOT TO THE GOVERNMENT, but the Constitution of the United States. To the land that I LOVE and to the people I care about.
What I saw yesterday and have been seeing on both sides of the aisle is a bunch of sniveling, whining, extremely privileged individuals who did everything they could to undermine the American people. They called it patriotic, they called it fighting tyranny, y’all don’t know what tyranny is. All I saw was a bunch of sheep become a mob of stampeding animals trying to take over Congress and attack the LEOs they claim to respect.
So as I was working out this morning, I decided to wear a powerlifting shirt (pictured below) that represents the strength of true Americans. True Americans who fought and died for you to freely express your concerns. I’ve lost friends and brothers to combat, whether here or at war.
Those heroes are rolling in their graves right now disgusted at what they died for. We are the ones burdened with the weight of society on our shoulders. We know how much words and actions matter because we understand that based on our words and actions, we can either inspire, fear, incite, or calm.
We understand these things because we are the warrior class of society. Remember America, remember this day, our enemies are closer than you think.
Ayman Kafel is the co-founder and managing partner of Project Sapient Podcast. It is the #1 law enforcement and military podcast with over 12,000 listeners and growing rapidly in just under a year. Project Sapient was founded to engage brothers and sisters in law enforcement and military communities in conversations that need to be had and exemplify the positive and unpack the controversy plaguing the profession and our society.
Ayman has seen the ugliness of war and evil in the world. He has survived two civil wars prior to immigrating to the United States in the late eighties.
In addition, Ayman is an Army Combat Veteran who was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. He became a police officer in 2007 after 8 years of service in the Army.
Ayman has been a police officer for over 15 years. He has worked as a patrol officer, plain-clothes officer, detective, fire investigator, Metro SWAT operator, DEA Task Force Officer, DEA Special Response Team assistant team leader.
His current position is the commander of his department’s Problem-Oriented Policing Unit. He leads a team of investigators that employs unconventional methods and Special Forces philosophy in achieving specific objectives in the communities he serves. These unconventional methods range from winning hearts and minds to specific strategic law enforcement actions to arrest and prosecute those who are the root cause of various crimes.
Ayman has made it his mission to use his experience and bring awareness of PTSD, TBI, depression and various other mental health disorders that are very prevalent in the veteran and law enforcement communities. To talk openly and confidently about these things without the stigma of what society labels combat veterans and law enforcement have.