few years ago I was working as a contract software developer at
a big insurance company in Atlanta when a young intern came running
in, all excited. He was laughing out loud as he told us "someone
has blown up a bunch of BATF in Oklahoma!" Cheers broke out
and people came rushing out of their cubes to chatter and look for
more information. As the facts of the bombing became clear, the
cheering died out immediately. But I sat there dumbfounded. Run
of the mill Americans had just cheered because they had thought
government cops had been blown away.
let the conversation turn to the local police and conservatives
invariably revert to bumper sticker platitudes.
a whole lot of Americans share my contempt for the government cops.
But what about the police state in general? The militarized police
forces of large cities are the firepower equivalent of some national
armies. Even rural towns boast their own SWAT teams these days.
course in Atlanta we understand that the APD is a joke – highly
politicized and under the thumb of a corrupt bunch of politicians
in a town where politically correct means having a caring, black
female as chief of police. So of course we love our local, suburban
cops. Maybe we should – God knows we want to. But aren't they breaking
down people's doors and confiscating their property over ridiculous
drug offenses? Don't they set up drunk driving road blocks in the
most conscious violation of the rights of free men? Yeah, they do
all that. But they are our neighbors. One of them gave my kid a
ride to church in his patrol car after the boy's truck broke down.
It's hard to dislike these guys and frankly I don't.
must however, remember the big picture. That same son went riding
around the other night in a very fancy SUV that his friend's dad
had picked up at an auction. That's right, it was confiscated by
the forces of law and order.
changed the American constitution to allow government to confiscate
our private property? Is not private ownership of property the very
linchpin of personal freedom?
what is it with conservatives? This knee jerk response to policemen
(and schoolteachers – but another time for that one!) can be fatal
to the health of your country. We should be speaking out against
these abuses, not calling for more of the same. Very smart and committed
journalists like Charley Reese and Jon Dougherty turn into something
very far from what their usual work suggests that they are, when
they speak of police. The latter is all for the drug war, despite
his many columns exposing the nation's leaders as unspeakably corrupt.
Helloooo! Who do you think, fellows, is in command of this intolerable
drug war? And who do you think is prosecuting it?
cannot be forgotten that some of this people involved in drugs are
very dangerous criminals, armed to the teeth. It makes one think
of prohibition. You can keep your shoes on while you count the folks
who've been shot over bootleg liquor lately but the streets were
pretty hectic there for a while.
it's time to address this major flaw in conservative / libertarian
rhetoric. There is always this obligatory homage to the police – yeah, the guys who will be confiscating your firearms in California.
The folks in the macho drag SWAT get ups who kick in people's doors
and stick automatic weapons in kid's faces. The drug warriors…The
guys who regularly "put it all on the line" for us. Right….
I say to you, stop supporting the cops! They shoot people over this
drug war nonsense but didn't have the guts to go in at Columbine.
They stood around "minimizing police casualties." They
routinely obey un-constitutional and / or immoral orders. For which
we hung rather a lot of Germans I seem to recall. They have made
it clear that they work for the politicians not the people.
Seattle? Who were they "protecting" there. Certainly not
the shop owners, as left-anarchists ran wild trashing what they
would. No, the cops were the folks protecting the WTO, and making
sure the shop owners did not use guns to protect their own property.
Was it not LAPD who stood around with their thumbs in their collective
asses while rioters tore east LA apart? The only people who had
a chance were the Koreans who had armed themselves.
the liberals in Wilshire and Beverly Hills made a sudden run on
the gun stores after seeing how useless the police were in defending
citizens. But the gun stores had been closed by the police…. To
this day I have one thing to say to Darryl Gates, the conservative
icon: "Kiss my ass!"
are seeing some encouraging signs, such as the Arizona sheriff who
filed suit against the Brady Bill. We all know cops personally who
are quite decent folks dealing with a rough job. Well – I say to
you if your friend is caught in a sin, and you rescue him, great
will be your reward. You certainly wouldn't offer an alcoholic a
drink would you? Then stop supporting this fascist war on drugs!
yet another man was killed in New York as half assed cops played
cowboys and drug dealers. This is not worth a single human life.
If you are worried about your kids using dope – then give them up
for adoption or start doing your job as parents. Pull down those
ridiculous public schools or let them whither away from lack of
use. Your kid's dope problem is not my problem, pal. Spend some
time with u2018em, take u2018em to church!
of which – churches are major offenders in the drug war charade.
The recent assaults on freedom of religion are a natural offshoot
of the decline of constitutional freedoms brought about by the drug
war. So don't pat yourselves on the back too hard, fellow Christians.
You should be wearing sackcloth and ashes! While you are preaching
politics in your pulpits you should be preaching sound Biblical
doctrine which would arm the kids with the only weapon that matters
in these cultural wars, Biblical Truth.
what is a decent cop to do? They are all fully aware that a vast
majority of the crime is done by minorities. Yet we have this totalitarian
double speak that condemns racial profiling as a heinous and career
busting offense.As our wonderful wolf in sheep's clothing Christine
Todd Whitman proved in her fascist republic of New Jersey – firing
a head cop for speaking the truth. Thus, the police are apt to be
a little bit schizoid these days. How helpful to see fish wrappers
like the New York Times stirring up racial hatred and then acting
all innocent and astounded when there are racial incidents? Is anybody
sane out there?
do we recruit police officers? From the military! And what is happening
in our military? Huge amounts of your money are going to provide
palatial settings for the perfumed princes of the higher command
who are willing to kiss up to the Clintons and share in the bounty.
That's why we have a fighting force that is a joke. Gender tolerance,
diversity, and stress chits have turned the military into dysfunctional
organization. So our cops come to us from a completely insane institution
in the first place, where sycophantic obedience to greedy, power
hungry and immoral wretches is the norm.
now they are taking our guns. Who do you think will be doing that?
Hint – it ain't the tooth fairy. The fascist state will reign supreme – the real criminals exposed at last. Us – the law abiding, tax
paying Americans who are the biggest suckers in the world… The
Americans who thought that they lived under a fairly good constitution
and now are learning that "I love Big Brother" means always
having to say you're sorry.
will protect us? We who are about to be disarmed? Why – the same
fine fellows who took our guns. And let east LA burn. So I'm sure
the right-wing pundits will soon be calling for more cops and more
cops and more cops. You can bet that Clinton/Bush and their power
mad cohorts will be more than glad to oblige. Be careful, folks,
what you wish for.
call on you decent policemen out there, to refuse to obey unlawful
orders. You too, are under the constitution. Just say no, to fascism.
You are the men for the job. We will support you. We CAN take our
want my country back. I have not moved. The government moved. We
are governed by totalitarian extremists. And we allowed it to happen.
Cold wars and drug wars provided an excuse, and we willingly collaborated
with our jailers.. We forgot that "get tough on crime"
just might have repercussions. We point guns at our own people for
smoking pot, and lock them away, while countenancing treason, murder
and rape among those who rule over us, as if these crimes hardly
mattered. So the jails are full, but we can't walk our streets.
The only answer of course, is to disarm the law abiding folks.
surely," we say, "That makes no sense!" I submit
to you that they know just what they are doing.. It's so obvious
that only a moron, or public school graduate (post 1980) could miss
it. And it makes sense to those who hate freedom.
are thinking like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on this one. Doesn't the
government have enough power? Aren't the cops shooting enough people?
Isn't two million prison inmates enough? Particularly since our
jails have become unspeakable bastions of violence and sexual perversion?
Rhodesia, during the terror war, the police in the cities were unarmed.
Only the bush units carried weapons. Yet those bad boys of the BSAP
spoke with real authority. The feeling they engendered in me, was
not the fear that all this macho militarized Waco police state mess
fosters, but a much finer reaction. It was called respect.
night six of us were cruising into town for some fun and got busted
for driving on the wrong side of the road (sometimes we forgot – that left side of the road stuff is hard to get used to.) We were
all armed to the teeth and only the cop lacked a weapon. We sat
there like guilty schoolboys while he tore a slice of hide off us.
And then told us to get moving, drive properly and try to have some
"bloody fun without breaking any laws!" Over there, it
was very hard to get locked up; laws were few. But if you hurt somebody
you swung for it. Period. It worked really well. It could work here,
but it would take a 180 degree turn culturally. Because we'd have
to acknowledge the difference between right and wrong. For some
reason, we refuse to do that. The price is getting higher and higher.
Mr. Peirce fought with the Rhodesian freedom fighters (the Ian
Smith side, of course).