Little Things That Lead to Big Things
The Big Stuff
mass arrests, openly lawless government necessarily
comes after the Little Stuff. When people tolerate the Little Stuff,
or lose their capacity to be outraged by it, the Big Stuff seems
to be a natural, logical progression which is of course exactly
how its presented to the increasingly resigned, passively
when the courts sanctioned random stops on the roads a quarter-century
ago, it set the precedent (legally and psychologically) for the
universal, probable-cause-free TSA gropes of today and worse
yet to come (such as the malintent
profiling that reportedly is being tested for deployment and
not just at airports, either).
see a similar progression as a result of the Tenth Circuit Court
of Appeals ruling last month that talking back
is a sanctionable affront to the Person of a cop and not
a nurse in Colorado, was stopped by Officer Duaine Peters (authors
note absolutely no relation) who had been running a radar
trap to catch speeders. Like so many victims of these
snatch and grab operations, Leverington was not happy about being
stopped for no good reason and dared to tell the cop exactly
that. As she was handed her piece of payin paper, she said
that she hoped she never had to have him as a patient.
to the Person of the cop was not acceptable. The prickly public
servant, his dignity wounded, took the special effort to find
out where Leverington worked, then called the hospital and got her
fired claiming Leverington threatened him.
Is it not amazing
how easily some of these burly heroes feel threatened
by helpless, non-violent citizens, often females half their size
and older people three times their age? And more, how disproportionate
their response? (See in this vein the recent and largely ignored
by the media body-slamming and choke-holding of people visiting
the Jefferson Memorial in DC who dared to dance).
slighted cop got Leverington fired from her job, costing her thousands
in lost pay in addition to the hundred dollar-plus ticket. She decided
to go to court to see whether her free speech rights counted for
The court ruled
that only statements expressing (wait for it) public concern
fall under the tattered remnants of the First Amendments protections.
And of course, public concern does not include criticism
of things the public might actually be concerned about, such as
being fleeced by useless eaters in costumes running radar traps.
In other words, mouth off to a cop and its open season
on you and the courts will rubber stamp their approval of
pretty much whatever the cop does.
ok protected free speech to screech that God
Hates Fags at private funerals. Because no affront
to the Person of a government flunkie is at issue.
a piece with the recent ruling in Indiana that citizens have no
right to resist an unlawful entry by police into their homes.
Justice Steven David, writing for the courts 3-2 majority,
said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason
or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block
the officers entry. The Indiana Times noted: On
Tuesday, the court said police serving a warrant may enter a home
without knocking if officers decide circumstances justify it. Prior
to that ruling, police serving a warrant would have to obtain a
judges permission to enter without knocking.
In other words,
if the cop wants your money, hell take your money. If he wants
to bash down your door and bash you in the head he
can do so. Provided he feels he has good reason, of
course. And if you resist even passively or dare to
talk back its open season. On you.
All these Little
Things will lead to Big Things, possibly very Big Things indeed.
Not may. Will.
the History Channel and marvel at the apparently inexplicable rising
of the nightmare that engulfed Russia in 1917 and Germany
in modified form 15 years later. They think it could never happen
here. America is exceptional. Special.Our freedoms are
sacred, except they no longer exist in principle and very
soon, may not exist in fact.
It has taken
events longer to progress here, but the process is no different
and I suspect the end result will be much the same.
with permission from EricPetersAutos.com.
[send him mail] is an
automotive columnist and author of Automotive
Atrocities and Road Hogs (2011). Visit his
© 2011 Eric Peters
Best of Eric Peters