Recently by Simon Black: In Case You Really Have To Flee the Authorities…
I had the privilege of seeing Roger Waters perform The Wall to a live crowd of over 40,000 fans at the LA Coliseum on Saturday night the second time Ive seen the show on this tour.
It was an amazing production I wholeheartedly recommend the experience as its something that no DVD or album recording could possibly reproduce.
At one point, Waters paused his set and began telling the audience about Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian national who was shot 8 times by British police several years ago at a south London tube station after being mistakenly identified as a terrorist.
The police, adhering to the shoot first, ask questions later model of peace enforcement, have never been held accountable for taking the life of an innocent man at point blank range.
If we stand at the top of the slope and give our governments, and particularly our police, too much power, its a very long and dangerous slippery slope to the bottom, Waters said.
The crowd went berserk, roaring with approval.
It certainly gives one hope that the message is sinking in; most folks, it seems, have a conceptual understanding that governments are corrupt and abusive but at the end of the day, theyll still fall in line behind the political system.
An entire lifetime of programming, starting practically at birth, reinforces that government and police are the good guys. Its a difficult inclination to break.
The stories that we all hear on an almost daily basis about corruption and abuse of power are appalling indeed. But most people think that theyre just aberrations in an otherwise good system and that its just not going to happen to them.
Until it does.
George Reby is a great example. The New Jersey resident was driving on I-40 in Tennessee when he was stopped for speeding. The officer then asked him if he was carrying large amounts of cash.
Reby said that he had about $20,000, upon which the officer asked if he could search the vehicle.
Reby consented, saying later, I certainly didnt feel like I was doing anything wrong
You can probably tell where this is going the officer promptly confiscated the cash, claiming that it might be used for drug trafficking. Reby explained that he was on his way to buy a car hed found on eBay (and even showed him the eBay ad), and showed that the source of funds were legitimate.
At least a real criminal knows what hes doing is wrong; he knows that hes committing an immoral act by shooting or robbing someone. The police, on the other hand, think their actions are legitimate, that theyre just doing their job.