Skip to comments.Law Enforcement Inequality
Posted on 01/27/2014 11:03:52 AM PST by guyshomenet
Inequality mainly evokes jealousy, but it can also get you killed.
This week we face that dismal ritual of the State of the Union Address. I dearly long for days that existed before I did, when presidents summarized the national condition in a brief letter to Congress. Instead we witness an unseemly joint session where every move, gesture, utterance and blink is scripted except when Joe Wilson is around. Sustained applause for speaking common truths is a grand waste of energy and television bandwidth, though it may be the only exercise some congressmen get.
Our Statist in Chief plans on using this years self-guided intellectual proctology exam to expound on income inequality in a flabby attempt to pit American against American. Being the quarrelsome bunch we are, this is an easy stunt for most politicians. But for Barack, it is dirt simple (which is good since anything more complicated is beyond his capabilities). By pitting those with less against those with more, he hijacks the peasant classs common emotion, jealousy.
As with enraged husbands, we see that jealousy can be a violent monster.
It has always been that some folks have more than others, and barring an Obama inspired Harrison Bergeron regime, it will always be so. Rich people are that way because they are lucky, talented, hardworking, inventive or they steal. In that last instance there are plenty of prisons, and high end thieves without political connections go there often enough. In all other cases, good people are glad for their rich neighbors success. Hence, Barack Obama is not a good person for he plans on using natural income disparity to charm the green eyed snake in his have-less base (which, thanks to Obamacare, is growing due to skyrocketing insurance premiums and bankruptcy-inducing deductibles).
But Bubba, it gets worse.
Politicians are creating a dangerous inequality between the people and the police. For decades local law enforcement has militarized while commoners have been disarmed. The ugliest intersection of this state-created inequality this modern day segregation appears when common guns are allowed for law enforcement and banned for civilians. Californias safe handgun law provided exemptions for police who prefer using guns they know work despite government definitions of safety.
Police are also exempted from owning microstamp enabled pistols, the type that Smith & Wesson and Ruger now refuse to sell in the Shaky State.
Current bar wagering favors all gun makers bailing on California before the end of the year, but continuing to sell non-microstamped guns to California law enforcement agencies. Smith and Wesson will not walk away from their recent huge contract with the Los Angeles Sherrifs Department (unless you and a few million other gun owners write the president of S&W and tell them about your boycott of their products James Debney, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Since life and death are egalitarian issues, making police more equal than you creates a fearsome situation. People in some jurisdictions (e.g., Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Philly, Baltimore ) have learned inequality with the government can permanently inhibit your breathing. To deny people firearms for the fictitious efficacy of crime control yet allow police to obtain the same armament creates a two-tier society. At least in the old south they pretended that separate was equal. In California, even that pretense has vanished.
Whereas income inequality is a function of drive, talent or luck, survival inequality is a matter of oppression. Politicians make innocent cops the enemy just as they make rich people villains. Unless checked, both may devolve to bloodshed.
Oh noes. Are they doing that again this year?