It’s undeniable that things have been heating up in America with Law Enforcement to an extreme degree. With a disenfranchised civilian populace, an ever growing rift seems to be growing between LEO’s and the people they’re supposed to serve. Add economic hardship, a backwards education system, difficult to manage medical system, and a myriad of other reasons and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Take a moment to peruse the web and you’ll find a host of articles dedicated to how many police have been killed in the line of duty over the past few years, along with a host of articles outlining how many folks have been killed by police. Most of these sites seem to advocate extremes on either side rather than addressing any sort of issue. I’m going to go on a quick rant that can’t even begin to address the entire scope of the issue, but bear with me.
So who’s to blame? Is it the police as an organization because of their sometimes heavy handed tactics? Or is it the common people for giving into misconceptions about police? Well, the answer isn’t that easy to come by.
Unfortunately, there are too many factors to assign blame to any one individual factor. What we need to stand for is good officers doing good things for their community, support those officers, and prop them up. Police need to take back the old idea that policing was an honorable and honest profession. Police also need to be held accountable from within the organization, and prosecuted within the fullest extent of the law when they slip up in the line of duty, just like soldiers deployed to a war zone must do. If you’re a soldier and you shoot up a car full of people without having been ordered to do so, you’re now facing a murder charge for every single one of those people who dies. The same should apply to police.
At the same time, blaming police for all the problems in America has to stop, and violence cannot be seen as anything other than an absolute last resort. Going off and killing a lone, innocent police officer will do nothing for the cause of freedom other than give the power structure more of an excuse to tighten the noose. There’s no physical action that can be taken, rather, there is legislative action. Unless we want our country to end up looking like Ukraine we have to delegate matters to competent sources. We need to vote for change rather than try and force it at the end of a gun barrel. The more violence that happens against police, the more violence police will do to the population. This is how it works- if police in an area are afraid of getting murdered all the time, they begin to act with more force as they are trained to do to avoid injury, when that force is applied to the wrong person it sends a ripple effect through the community, causing more people who are willing to do harm to police. Then the cycle repeats itself until no one likes the cops, and the cops don’t like anyone else other than their own kind.
Someone has to be the bigger man in all this. Support your local police and they’ll support you. I’m no state apologist, but I’m also not a fucking idiot. If you think police are the biggest problem in this country, you may be part of the problem. We need someone willing to stand up and defend the common people, someone to give a voice of reason in a chaotic world. If there were no police we’d all go around killing one another over minor disputes, and how do I know this? Easy. Go spend a reasonable amount of time in any third world country and see for yourself. We don’t want America to be like Somalia, so please, honor our police, and police, honor our citizens. It’s that easy.
“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.” — Tommy