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One of the worst aspects (and there are many) of law enforcement in Late-Empire America is the unwarranted rapid and violent escalation of response by police, often out of all proportion to the original offense and when the offender is clearly no physical threat to the cop or anyone else.
For example, theres the infamous case of Audra Harmon, who was pulled over for a minor traffic violation; ordinary speeding. The woman a mom with her kids in the car argues with the cop, asking that he show her the radar readout, rather than being immediately servile and submissive. The cop a large man begins to scream at her, then physically assaults her for resisting, ultimately Tazering her, forcing her to the ground and handcuffing her in front of her kids. Here is the video of that incident:
Now, granted, it may not be smart to mouth off to a cop even when youre being waylaid for no good reason (or for a trumped-up reason).
But this was blown out of all proportion, given the minor nature of the offense. And of course, the woman was in no conceivable way any threat to the cop.
That no longer matters. Simply objecting , verbally or passively declining to immediately follow whatever orders are shouted at you has become resisting in the minds of many cops. We now have a system in place that not only permits but encourages an over-the-top response to trivialities such as failing to buckle up for safety or openly criticizing a pat-down by a GED reject TSA goon. And once theres a pretext, any pretext the least resistance (that is, failure to immediately cringe, submit and obey) can lead to outright physical assault.
Heres another example:
Some kids were out on their skateboards. Apparently, in violation of some petty ordinance. A shorts-wearing fatty cop and his similarly porcine partner roll onto the scene. The first cop roughly snatches one kids skateboard, then body slams the other kid for daring to not immediately Submit and Obey. Rewind your mind: a 250-plus pounder hurls himself onto the person of a scrawny adolescent as if he were taking down Ted Bundy over a skateboard ordinance violation. Imagine if this were your 14-year-old kid. Heres the video of this incident:
One last example:
A woman is stopped for jaywalking. She gets mad, understandably. The situation escalates. The cop another big burly man punches the woman in the face, full fist, full force. And it all began with jaywalking.
Heres the video:
The root problem is that we have so many petty laws in the first place. Cops should not be put in the position of having to enforce ridiculous and tyrannical edicts that naturally get peoples backs up, because people quite rightly object to being handled like criminals or talked down to like an idiot child over something that is in a sane society absolutely none of the cops business in the first place.
It used to be that, for the most part, only criminals actually dangerous people, sociopaths had to fear being handled roughly by cops. Now society is so interwoven with laws that it is almost impossible to step outside of your door without violating one and thus, find yourself the target of law enforcement.
An interesting aspect of this is the psychology involved. Criminals dangerous people, sociopaths understand what they are and know what theyve done and so rarely evince genuine outrage when caught, roughly or otherwise. But the rest of us the John Qs. and Janes just trying to live our lives we take affront when a cop suddenly appears and begins quoting the law and spewing threats at us. This combination of shock and outrage contributes to the escalation of the situation. That woman in the first example above probably could not conceive that she would be Tazered and bullied to the ground by a cop a personage that she had almost certainly (like most of us) been conditioned from an early age to regard as her (and societys) guardian angel. Cops just didnt do that kind of thing to housewives. Or kids. Or old people.
Or anyone else not a threat to them much less society.
But that was before society began policing every aspect of our lives, giving cops a reason to hassle us where none existed before and providing the pretext for the escalation we see all around us. There is, quite literally, no way out. Or at least no good way out. We have two choices:
Passively and immediately Submit and Obey to each and every law, no matter how petty, unjust or ridiculous. Never say anything to a cop except yes sir and no sir. Do whatever they say, every time without question period.
Or, dare to question and risk the consequences of resisting.
In other words, we have the choice between abject servility or at least trying to retain our dignity even in the face of possibly hideous consequences.
In a very real sense, it is the same choice articulated more than 200 years ago by another resister by the name of Patrick Henry:
What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Henry indeed, the entire founding generation would find themselves on the wrong side of the law (and cops Tazers) were they alive today.
Will we stand with them?
Or with the Clovers?
Reprinted with permission from EricPetersAutos.com.