Government — and laws — exist only with the consent of the governed. This man withdrew his consent. Yes, he will be punished for that act, and he should be — destruction of property (unless it’s your own) is a crime. Nonetheless the fact remains that at some point the cost of telling people what to do with their own bodies simply overwhelms the nanny state’s ability to cover it through taxation, if the people decide that the line has been drawn in the wrong place.
Going to ask the same question I did a while back:
“Look back twelve months ago at the rhetoric. Take a look at it today. Where do you think it will be this time next year.”
I believe the local Only Ones should live in abject fear of the population that they serve (see serve). I also believe that while this is not very nice, it has *almost* become necessary to combat the documented and growing issue Only One’itis. In the end, it’s not about being nice anyway.
I have a very hard time understanding why anyone would continue to support cops today. But then I remind myself that there is a characteristic that I don’t share with the cop-lovers: Cops are popular only because people have generally been trained to be helpless. A helpless adult is a pitiable thing.
Again, “the myth of the cop” is a powerful thing. Pitiable indeed. I tire of seeing so much government in the form of police cruisers in my small town. The never ending cycle of “increase the spend for your safety” and “what about our brave public servants who protect you” rubbish gets under my skin.
Within the last year I was stopped at a checkpoint and asked to show my license. I complied but ended up arguing with the deputy about my temp dealer tag on my new vehicle. Statements like, “i could arrest you and take you to jail” over a paper tag? Dude, please. I relied simply, firmly and with as much cold hearted force as I could muster without yelling at this overweight county quisling, “go for it. you want to go through all that, it’s your call pal.” At one point I actually wondered if his right hand that was resting on his sidearm was going to draw. The anger in his face was palatable. How dare this guy question my authority?
Here is the plain and simple truth boys. I want to be left alone. I will go to great lengths to fly under everyone’s radar – regardless of what they are or who the represent. I like it that way. However, if you start to screw with me, I will screw with you and you won’t like it.
Its ok to hate the cops, we have come to expect it. 27 years wearing a badge has taught me a few things.
People love you when they need you and hate you when they don’t.
You never hear of or see video of cops done a good job, only the bad stuff makes the press.
We all get painted with a broad brush, when the feds screw up it must be the local beat cops fault too.
When your doing your job and looking for bad guys and happen to check out someone that turns out not to be a bad guy, you’re an idiot that should be out looking for bad guys.
Despite the criminal element becoming better armed, more sophisticated, and better equipped, people still want the police to be armed with 1950’s weapons and equipment. And yell and scream that we are militarizing when we try to join the 21st century level of equipment and armament.
So if you don’t like us, don’t call us when your world goes to hell, dialing 911 is optional. That’ll free us up to respond to someone that appreciates the fact that we are willing to be cut, stabbed, shot, on their behalf.
Alright there Sparky, I’ll tell you what. I won’t call you and your pals, ever. I will do as I always have in my life and fend for myself. You guys need us a whole lot more than we need you. Simple as that. I DO believe that the less of you there are, the better off society is. “The myth of the cop” has gotten to be the core of the truism that if you tell a lie enough times, it becomes the truth.
You want to stay around and have my support, fine, I’ll dictate my terms:
No more pensions, benefits, or even salary – you want to be of service, be of service…