Posts Tagged ‘Protests’

Crossing the Thin Blue Line

Sunday, February 6th, 2022

Time to cross the line

Readers of this site will know that I’ve always supported our police as they struggle to keep the peace and pursue the bad guys who prey upon our property, our families, and our lives. There’s no doubt that the police are vital to our civilization, because they stand as the thin blue line between chaos and normalcy.  We support our police because they provide a service that is often ghastly in terms of its impact on the human psyche.  Day after day, night after night, they go out to face the worst situations that arise.  Too often, they come up against the worst, most vile offerings of the dark side of humanity, and most days, in most situations, acquit themselves with courage, honor, and justice. Some of them lose their lives, or are terribly maimed for their efforts on our behalf. There’s an important bargain we make with our law-enforcers, and our part in that bargain is our support when times get tough, but there’s an implicit part of the bargain that’s easy to overlook. It’s the part of the bargain hardest for our police officers, because it comes down to dollars and cents, and it means doing the right thing even when there are costs. We expect them to follow orders, but we also should expect them to know when to decline and refuse orders that are not valid, just and moral.  The most difficult and courageous act of any officer is knowing when to say “no,” and to stand by that decision. It’s time for officers of the law to step across the line.

We are coming to difficult days in the history of our republic. We are beginning to see the first real indications that for some time, our political leaders aren’t elected, so much as selected. More and more, we see that they do not govern on our behalf, as the model of our republic declares, but instead rule over us, and in spite of our wishes, rather than in accordance with them. Worse, around the world, citizens of nations once considered part of “the free world” are awakening to the same problem.  What’s worse is that almost without exception, the citizens of those nations long ago yielded their right to keep and bear arms to varying degrees.  They no longer have the means of effective resistance should the worst come to fruition.  In those nations, we are seeing that their police are following the orders of their corrupt and increasingly tyrannical rulers.  It’s shocking to see what’s being done in nations like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Austria, Germany, and France, along with most of the rest of Europe. Everywhere you look, in the face of peaceful demonstrations, governments are using provocateurs to stage attacks in order to justify crackdowns on their populations.  This can’t happen unless the police forces cooperate and conspire with the rulers against their own citizens.

To show you what’s afoot, and why it matters, I want to take you back a few days to Coutts, Alberta, in Canada and a situation that arose as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confronted a group of the truckers blockading the border.  The RCMP had been given orders to tell the protestors to clear the road, or enforcement actions would begin. The important portion of this video clip begins when the speaker on behalf of the truckers, off camera, addresses the member of the RCMP speaking. In short, the trucker explains that the police have a duty to tell their masters to go to Hell, and to ignore their orders, and that they do have that ability. The RCMP officer says “that’s not going to happen.” Every person interested in freedom is right to ask “Why not?”

This is the issue of our time, and it’s an issue the police across the United States had ought to confront, as individuals, and as units of law enforcement. The people who they are being ordered to suppress are the people who have always, almost without fail, supported the police in the furtherance of their duties, their careers, and their salaries. These are the people who have supported the police with fundraisers and collection plates and every manner of good will when officers have fallen in the line of duty. These truckers, in this instance, are representative of the broadest class of working men and women who have always supported the law and law enforcement, right up to the point that the law became an untenable weapon being wielded against them.

Our cops need to understand this. I realize it is difficult for a man to look at his own personal burdens and place his own job in jeopardy. We all know this. Still, law enforcement must come to grasp the following: While they’ve been “essential personnel” throughout the course of this pandemic, their jobs were never under threat except by the “defund the police” movement. They have generally enjoyed broad support by the public, even as they participated in a system that closed businesses, issued citations, and every sort of great and small transgression against the rights of the people that they had sworn an oath to protect. While cops collected record overtime pay, the citizens against whom they’ve been used have been forced in to poverty and bankruptcy by the very people from whom these officers take orders.

Officers must grasp this. They are being divided from the people who actually fund their existence and turned as weapons against them.  Most law-abiding, working stiffs can see what is going on.  They know, as the truckers in this video knew, that they don’t have any beef with the cops.  They don’t have any desire whatever to resort to violence.  They don’t ever want to be forced into the position in which they must choose between taking up arms against the people upon whom they rely to enforce the laws that keep the peace, protect the properties and lives they enjoy, and who pursue the criminals that plague us all.

So here we arrive at an uneasy stand-off of the unwilling, for the moment, where neither side, the cops nor the protesters, have any desire to make combat against one another.  Still, the police are being issued orders from on high. Certainly, all but the psychotic few on either side must see that this is a monstrous situation.  It is the moral and ethical duty of the police to refuse such orders, to pretend not to hear them, and if they can’t, then to lay down their badges and guns and walk away.  Better, the police could in some cases take public officials into custody for breaches of the peace, for incitement, for official oppression, or whatever other such charges available to them.

The simple point is that the cops, virtually all of them, know the orders they’re being given are monstrous, and with each passing subsequent execution of those orders, the rulers will become more tyrannical and more willing to issue even more outrageous dicta. Even if it is another simple matter of practical calculus, officers should realize that they can support this regime of oppression no longer.  Here in the United States, deaths among the police reached an astounding 458 in-the-line fatalities in 2021.  Is it the working stiff imposing this on police, or is it their alleged “leaders,” who use them as cannon-fodder in a one-side war with felons of every description, wherein police are legally shackled but violent felons are released repeatedly to prey upon the citizens and the police?  Police should ask: “Who is the enemy, anyway?”

The law-abiding working-stiff may grouse about a speeding ticket or similar, but in the main, they mostly accept it as the cost of minor misbehavior and move on. They know, even as they sign the bottom of the citation, that the cop writing the ticket isn’t the problem, and isn’t the enemy.  The thin blue line has two sides, however, and if the cops forget this, to simply become the enforcement arm of a growing tyranny, they will find themselves abandoned from both sides. They will still and always face the villains who torment our society, but now they will lose the support of the people they’ve sworn to protect.  If this happens, the police will find themselves in a situation much worse than they have known. Even if they cannot quite grasp the moral chasm growing before them as they carry out the orders of our rulers, as a practical matter, they must be able to see the tragedy that awaits should the whole of the populace turn against them.

At our current rate of collapse, the day will too soon arrive in which officers of the law will be forced to choose. In time, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines will also face this choice. It’s time to make that choice now, before the actual moment arrives, because when it does, the dangerous inertia of “just following orders” will lead to a catastrophe none wish to imagine.

 

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It’s “For Their Own Good”

Sunday, August 22nd, 2021

Police and Protesters clash in Melbourne Australia

Nothing is more despicable than a government abusing its people. The Australian government, like so many others, is in absolute insurrection against its people on the claim that its lockdown measures are “for their own good.” Think about this: They’re imposing violence, fines, lockdowns, and every sort of bedlam on the people of Australia in order to “save them” from an infection that has a ninety-nine (plus) percent survival rate.  Think about that: In order to “save them,” they’re willing to hammer the Hell out of them. They’re willing to impose poverty and isolation and actual physical harm on the people of their country. Such governments are increasingly the norm, and as I (and many others) predicted two decades ago when the Australian people largely surrendered their right to arms, the object was always totalitarianism.  It always is. If you give government power, or surrender your rights to government, it is only a matter of time until some dirtbag comes to power in government who will use the power or your lack of rights to subjugate the people of the nation. It’s inevitable. This is because humans are imperfect, and foul people sometimes(and all too frequently) are able to come into power.  In fact, I would argue that politicians are frequently the most dangerous people, because they possess an insidious arrogance about their ability to impose their policy preferences on their fellow man.  In Australia now, it’s off the charts. People are joining in open resistance, and they should be.  Tyrants always claim to act on behalf of the public. They always lie about it.

In Melbourne, they’re chanting “Freedom!”


In some instances, Australians are giving notice that they’ve had enough:

These sorts of abuses have begun in America too. So far, they’ve been confined to deep blue locales, like New York City under the rule of Mayor Bill DeBlasio, a.k.a. “DeCommio.” I believe the sole reason they haven’t gone wall-to-wall is because America has something Australia ceded in 1999: The right to own firearms. It is only our Second Amendment that gives the same brand of tyrants pause here in the United States, and it’s my contention that they intend to strip you of these rights before much longer. Folks, if you think they’ve become tyrannical with their lockdowns and mandates already, wait until they strip you of the right to keep and bear arms. They’ve already attacked your ability to get some foreign-made ammunition. That’s not accidental. The price of ammo had begun to slowly drift downward, and while not down to its pre-pandemic prices, it was heading slowly down as supplies increased over the last few months. This week, Biden banned the importation of ammunition from Russia, which is a direct attack on several lower-end brands of ammunition, such as Wolf. I don’t have any evidence, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find that somebody in the Biden administration is heavily invested in some domestic brands. It’s just how they roll.

As the unrest spreads, with France and the UK becoming more volatile by the week, and with Australians finally, belatedly beginning to stand up, and with the globalists pushing their vaccines and masks and lockdowns at an ever-escalating pace, and with ever more naked coercion and aggressive force supporting it, it’s likely to get much worse. Before this is all over, I expect some Western[ized] nation to have a Tiananmen Square type of massacre. As we’ve seen with the surrender of Kabul Afghanistan, history’s worst instances have been repeating themselves in too many ways, also at an accelerating pace.  It’s time for readers to prepare themselves for whatever comes next. It’s not likely to be pretty.

 

 

The Radical Left Moves Against America

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Creating the Excuse

The radicals who are pushing the “Days of Rage” and “Occupy Wall Street” protests are blossoming in other venues.  Most of them fit the definition of “useful idiots,” but they’re too ignorant a lot to even recognize that they’re being used.  This whole movement is an astro-turf operation being put on by the socialist and communist front in this country.  Their leadership has seen the hand-writing on the wall, as the vast bulk of the country is unhappy with the Marxist reflexes of President Obama.  What they’re attempting now is to complete the revolution, and with each passing day, the situation grows more dangerous.  Whether this is a dry run, or the main event is impossible to determine, but one thing is becoming more abundantly obvious:  These protests are not nearly so dangerous as the ideology that now drives and propels the protesters in their rage against capitalism.

In my youth, the so-called Cold War was the focus of the struggle between liberty and statism.  When the Cold War ended, the communist elements in this country came out of the woodwork and began to push their notions safely in public.  Most people viewed them as impotent kooks, but their basic ideas are attractive to some, fundamentally flawed though they may be.  Examined closely, what you discover is that their ideas are a collection of platitudes, but they do not answer any of the fundamental questions confronting humanity, except in one sense:  What the pleasantries of their ideology leaves hanging in ambiguity is the method by which they are to achieve their utopia, and the answer is always the same: Brutal, naked force and coercion.

In the first instance, it is common for people confused about philosophy and politics to fall into the trap of believing that all systems rely upon coercion and force.  This is only true when considered in the most superficial manner, but upon closer examination, a stark truth is revealed:  Freedom and tyranny apply violence or its threat under very different situations.  In a system based upon liberty, violence may be used only as a response to some form of aggression.  In any form of statism, violence and its perpetual threat become the sole means of maintaining order.

In liberty, it is assumed that all people have certain unalienable rights that are a precondition of their existence.  These are generically  the rights to life, liberty, property, and volition.  In any system of liberty, it is assumed that these are the requisites of a successful life.  The only way in which they are yielded is by one’s own choices.  To murder or steal are to violate the rights of others, and these are methods by which to yield one’s rights.  Living one’s life by one’s efforts and at one’s own expense, while avoiding the violation of the rights of others should bring no negative consequences from society.  Such a system can flourish with minimal government provided its people are of a character to abide by these rules.  Only the system of capitalism meets the needs of liberty.

In any form of statism, it is supposed that men have no unalienable rights, and that the interests of individuals are always superseded by the state.  There is no presumption of even the right to life or property, and both are subject to immediate disposal by the state.  In this way, in any such system, people are perpetually subject to the arbitrary whims of the will of the state, an invisible, indefinite monster with no limits of any kind.  This sort of system appeals to the immoral because it forces them to be good according to some standard they are willing to accept because it suits them, and it suits them so well only because they suspect initially that they will never be the subject of its demands.

Infamous celebrity and potential tyrant, Roseanne Barr recently stated that a limit on wages of one-hundred million dollars ought to be the standard, and any who wouldn’t yield their wealth beyond that amount ought to be beheaded.  Notice that she’s a good deal wealthier than most of us, but she doesn’t imagine ever attaining one-hundred million in wealth, so she’s willing to set the bar somewhere safely out of reach above herself.  Unfortunately for her, what she doesn’t realize is that somebody lower than she on this  economic ladder will naturally suggest that one million dollars is sufficient, and that she too must be subject to beheading.  That person may be beheaded by yet another person who says one-hundred thousand is enough, and so on, until you get all the way down to the person who suggests that any who have anything ought to be subject to this punishment for “excessive wealth.”

Statism is an official, government-compelled race to the bottom, with coercion and violence as its sole methodology.  The protesters now rising in demonstration in New York, and in Boston, and elsewhere around the country understand this quite well.  Their presence isn’t aimed at any peaceful purpose, but instead to state their threats by sheer volume.  They don’t even realize that they are to be used as fodder when things get out of hand.  When the real violence begins, those who led them will slip out of the way, and avoid culpability and consequence leaving their dirty work to the mindless mob that believes in the tyranny of the mob.  This has been the great object of everything Barack Obama has undertaken as President, and his economic policy is designed to create this environment. In order to become the greater tyrant he intends to become, he is waiting for a signal, and it’s already starting: “Make it stop.”

This is their goal. They wish to push the American people to make that appeal to government.  If violence begins in earnest, the calls for the federal government to step in will escalate.  This is the excuse for which Obama now waits.  Many among us now watch and wonder, believing this cannot go so far as to set aside all we had known in our America.  It’s your job to tell them, you who had known better, that the purpose of this spectacle is to steal their rights and all the liberty they had known.  It’s time for some frank talk with our friends, family, and neighbors.  It’s time to switch off the football game long enough to make this clear to people who haven’t been paying  sufficient attention, lest they be drawn in too.  It won’t take much to push us over the edge now, and if we are to prevent it, we must prepare them for what is coming, to save their lives along with our own.  Yes, it has become as important as that.  Yes, it’s time to talk with those around you, and while it may be uncomfortable at first, you may also be surprised at how well they understand.  The defense of the Republic should begin belatedly now, and it must begin with you.