Op-Edge -- If you’re in a boat that just went over Niagara Falls, it’s a little late to be saying, “We really need to turn around!” You need to start thinking about what happens when you land. Frantically paddling backward will not help.
Similarly, some people’s level of denial and wishful thinking when it comes to police abuse borders on delusional. The police are a street gang—the biggest, most violent street gang in the country, which murders more people, and steals more property than all the others combined. They are not your friends. They don’t serve you. They never will. Nothing is going to make the average badge-wearer give a damn about you, your freedom, or your life. Petitions, lawsuits, elections, and protests cannot change the mindset or the behavior of a pack of predators.
By now the countless examples of cops acting as thugs, thieves and murderers should make it obvious that we have reached a point of no return. The very rare occasion on which a cop gets prosecuted, and the even more rare occasion when one is convicted, are obviously not creating a significant deterrent to the fascist mentality and behavior of the Bullies in Blue.
Mercenaries of the state love to tell the rest of us how important they are (a lie), how dangerous their job is (a lie), how brave they are (a lie), how they keep us safe (a lie), how there would be chaos without them (a lie), and how only criminals and terrorists have any reason to dislike or distrust cops (a profoundly stupid lie). And when they get criticized and condemned for being sadistic, power-happy thugs, they talk as if they are the victims. Like all bullies, the cowardly pigs can dish it out, but can’t take it. So while they continue to assault, rob, and murder innocents, they also continue to whine about the imaginary “war on cops.”
Let me be clear. There is no war on cops. But there should be.
No, I don’t mean indiscriminately attacking anyone with badge. But I do mean that I support the use of defensive force against aggressive thugs, even when those thugs have badges and wear uniforms. We are way beyond petitions and protests. The jackbooted thugs will keep getting more and more vicious and out of control, unless and until some of their victims start actually resisting.
American cops have earned the contempt and hatred of the people. And instead of the supposedly good cops being quick to expose and condemn misconduct by other cops, they almost always “circle the wagons,” making ridiculous excuses for the despicable behavior of their fellow state mercenaries. Every time the police do that, they are sending a clear message that if there is ever a conflict between you and a lawless, sadistic badge-wearer, they will side with their fellow gang member.
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Cops have already declared war on the people, to the point where they are often indistinguishable from any other power-happy gang of sadistic thugs. The only question now is how long this “war” will be one-sided. When will the people start to defend themselves from the openly malicious and criminal thuggery of “government” criminals? And no, writing a strongly-worded letter to some politician after the cops have beaten another unarmed victim to death does not constitute defending the innocent. And trusting the cops to “investigate” and punish themselves is just plain moronic.
Sometimes it can be debatable what level of force police should use to subdue an actually dangerous person. But there are plenty of cases of cops committing completely unjustified and unjustifiable torture and murder. And there is no reason to think that any legislation or other political action is going to stop that. Several thousand years of history teach us that predators and bullies will continue to victimize the innocent until someone fights back.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” - Frederick Douglass
Am I advocating violence against cops? Let me be perfectly clear here: YES, I am most certainly advocating violence against cops. Not indiscriminate violence against any and all cops, but purely defensive force against those individual badge-wearers who are clearly brutalizing the innocent. There are a hell of a lot of police abuse videos out there depicting behavior by the jackbooted thugs which would absolutely have justified the use of defensive force, even deadly force, against the aggressors with badges.
If that seems drastic and extreme to you, I should add that even the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledges the right to forcibly resist “unlawful” acts of aggression by the police, even if that requires the use of lethal force to stop the aggressor (see John Bad Elk v. United States). However, whether or not the politicians have given their “legislative” blessing to police thuggery is irrelevant to the morality of the situation. People have a right to resist “legal” injustice just as much as they have a right to resist “illegal” injustice. To think otherwise is to condone totalitarianism—to accept that as long as they first enact it into “law,” the ruling class has the right to do absolute anything it wants, and the people never have the right to resist.
It’s a little frustrating that any talk of forcibly resisting tyranny (and yes, “government” agents routinely committing murder in the streets constitutes tyranny) is now seen as extreme and dangerous by many Americans. What the Declaration of Independence lays out as justification for an open revolution is utterly trivial compared to what “government” at all levels in the U.S. does on a daily basis today. And asking nicely isn’t going to make things better.
Most American “law enforcers” have made it abundantly clear what they think of you, and what they think they can get away with. And what solution do the Bullies in Blue suggest for those of us who don’t approve of their thuggery? Passive, helpless, meek compliance, and begging them—the fascists, their political masters, and their kangaroo courts—for mercy. If that is all you will ever do to resist totalitarianism, then you are doing nothing for freedom.
“We have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned - we have remonstrated - we have supplicated. … Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded. … If we wish to be free … we must fight! … There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery! … Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun.” - Patrick Henry
As has happened over and over again throughout history, the American people will either remember the spirit of resistance, or they will be reduced to pathetic, helpless slaves of a totalitarian empire. Police abuse will only decline when the perpetrators have something real to fear. Like death, for example. (The “threat” of receiving a paid vacation is not an effective deterrent against power-happy, sadistic cops. Go figure.) And if you find this article shocking and offensive—if you are one of those people who has been so thoroughly indoctrinated into authoritarianism that you think it is never justifiable to resist an attacker if he wears a badge, no matter what he does—then just know that you are the tyrant’s best friend.