New Bedford was once one of the richest cities per capita, but today many of those once-peaceful neighborhoods have been hijacked by the gangsters.

We have other great cities, like Chicago, where the lawbreakers have turned it into a raging massacre.

The situation in Portland, Oregon, continues with violent anarchists rioting and burning as "Trump's law-and-order troops," as the liberals call them, work mightily to enforce federal law. And they do so by defending federal property and the lives of their fellow "troops."

I'm talking about our tenacious federal law enforcement agents, some in camouflage and helmets, others in unmarked vehicles – those venerable units that many Massachusetts public servants said aren't welcome here. I'm talking about SWAT Teams, the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, Customs Patrol, ATF, DEA, FBI, the U.S. Marshal Service, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. Those spartan forces, some of whom were here in New Bedford this past February to assist local and state police in early spring cleaning to purge the Latin Kings from our once-peaceful neighborhoods.

Now, all of a sudden, they aren't welcome here?

I'm talking about these "troops" that the left says are too excessive for just keeping the peace and maintaining law and order. The left-wingers also say they feel less safe and less protected because these brutes roam the skies in black helicopters and malign the riot-torn streets in military armored vehicles.

I'm talking about the thousands of praiseworthy law enforcement employees, or "Trump's troops," who work for the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security since September 11, 2001, that have a vital, legal and proper role in protecting this country in these high-risk and threatening times.

Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition. That's what I'm talking about.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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