Clover Thinks He’s Free
ok with the American Police State because to them, its not
a police state. They see no imposition much less tyranny.
They see democracy, lawful order. The flag and
(to them) freedom. The mindset is nicely articulated by the well-worn
Clover cliche: If you just obey the law you wont have
reasoning, obviously with the circles becoming ever tighter
as they spiral down toward the drain into outright and abject slavery.
Which even then, Clover will not see as slavery. He will still be
free to act, he thinks provided of course that he
acts within the boundaries laid down for him. In the same way a
slave was free to pick cotton; or the medieval serf free to farm
his small plot
so long as he gave his Lord the specified portion
of his crop.
not grasp that each time he submits, he has surrendered a piece
of his life. And much worse, the lives of others, too.
there will be nothing left to surrender.
But this ugly
inevitability does not trouble Clover. He agrees to allow others
to direct and control his life, to make his decisions for him. And
because he has accepted this direction, so also must
others. If they do not, if they object in any way, then they deserve
what comes to them.
It will please
Clover to see them punished.
Clovers psychological S&M routine is not his private perversion
which incidentally would be ok, in a free society. If he
likes being told what to do and punished when he does not
do as hes told he has every right to live that dynamic
provided its just between him and his dominatrix. Whats
not ok if society is to be free is Clovers demand
that everyone else don the Gimp suit and rubber ball in the mouth,
accept the lash and say yes, Mistress (that is, yes,
Officer) on cue.
Yet this is
precisely what Clover does in fact demand. And its the reason
why Clover gets absolutely furious when they do not comply.
The other day,
my wife went to the post office in one of our trucks. I had peeled
off the old (out of date) state safety inspection because
I figured this would be less conspicuous to any passing costumed
enforcer. My wife encountered a Clover instead. She parked in front
of the post office, and as she was exiting the vehicle, an angry
little man lectured her about the absence of the safety
sticker on the truck. Since he had to waste his time and
money on a safety inspection, it infuriated him to see
someone else who had not yet submitted. Rather than be angry
with the Police State and its minions, he had become a minion himself.
We see this
kind of thing all over nowadays. Most recently in the tattle-tale
campaigns of the Department of Heimat Sicherheitsdeinst that
counsel, If you see something, say something. For example,
theres the case of Brian Loftus. He went to a local gun store
and bought several boxes of ammunition for target shooting. Still
legal in this land of the allegedly free. Except, someone saw
something and said something. Which led
to Loftus being telephoned and interrogated by the state police.
(See here for the story and a video of Loftus.) In Cloverstan
er, America there is no problem. Loftus should accept that
the state police police were just trying to keep us safe.
Clover cannot fathom the mans anger; in fact, it makes Clover
angry that anyone would get angry about such a thing.
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