You have to explore a little history to understand how this situation came about. Back when I was a kid, the local cops wore nice blue uniforms and policeman hats. They had revolvers and whistles and could be found on the evenings hanging out on Main Street chatting it up with good ol' boys. They were basically the old school "protect and serve" public servants.
The counterculture of the 60's labeled them "pigs" (from Orwell's Animal Farm I suppose) and there was a genuine disbelief and welling of support from the conservative side of the population. This support for law enforcement was basically a right-wing cause throughout the 70's and 80's as the left stayed on constant offense, attacking law enforcement on every front.
Then came the War on Drugs, which slowly and over a long period of time, has turned our police forces from the "protect and serve" public servants of yesteryear to more of a supervisory role in the society. Now, even small town police forces are dressed like ninja swat killers 24/7. Everything they do is geared toward a Mexican drug dealer street shootout breaking out in any situation.
Along with this change in their role, has come the power and arrogance that we see now. Now that they exercise so much power over our daily lives, the left has learned to love the police, and have brought them into the schools with their brainless zero tolerance campaigns. I don't think there is any Federal Agency now without armed SWAT teams at the ready. At this point, the appropriate Orwell Animal Farm reference is that of the vicious dogs, who worked for the pigs in the story.
There are still a lot of good cops out there and I am sure that many of them are Freepers. To those I mean no offense, but the militarization of the police is undeniable and is a huge mistake for our society to go down this road.
I say that we need to get all the $$ out of drugs, by essentially decriminalizing all drug activity. This will make drugs so cheap that no dealers will be willing to kill or risk death over near-zero profit items. Will people destroy their lives because of drugs? Yes, but they will take less people with them on their road to destruction and we won't have to live being supervised by vicious dogs.
oh here we go again
hey kid, yes you, drugs solve all your problems....
Libertarian Utopians are as stupid and unrealistic as leftist socialists
I think the problems with the police go well beyond the war on drugs. The courts are also complicit in these problems. Gradually, the police have come to regard themselves as the only ones with the right to bear arms, and citizens using arms in self-defense are vulnerable to arrest and prosecution. The arrogance of judges increases almost daily. And police chiefs - especially in major cities - have become entirely political animals, beholden to the liberal politicians who hire them. And this has a ripple effect throughout police departments, as liberal attitudes are enforced top-down. There is still a gap between the attitudes of rank-and-file cops and their bosses, but it is shrinking.
And how many of these "good cops" denounced the actions of these guys? How many of theose "good cops" will refuse to confiscate firearms when the time comes? My answer is none and none.
In the current instance not only did they steal the citizen's firearms, but also LEGALLY OWNED FIREARMS WERE STOLEN BY THE POLICE. Pretty obvious this was done solely as retaliation for some unflattering reporting.
Thank you for this. It’s right on the money.