One of the
worst aspects (and there are many) of law enforcement
in Late-Empire America is the unwarranted rapid and violent
escalation of response by police, often out of all proportion
to the original offense and when the offender
is clearly no physical threat to the cop or anyone else.
theres the infamous case of Audra Harmon, who was pulled over
for a minor traffic violation; ordinary speeding. The woman
a mom with her kids in the car argues with the cop, asking
that he show her the radar readout, rather than being immediately
servile and submissive. The cop a large man
begins to scream at her, then physically assaults her for resisting,
ultimately Tazering her, forcing her to the ground and handcuffing
her in front of her kids. Here is the video of that incident:
it may not be smart to mouth off to a cop even when youre
being waylaid for no good reason (or for a trumped-up reason).
But this was
blown out of all proportion, given the minor nature of the offense.
And of course, the woman was in no conceivable way any threat to
That no longer
matters. Simply objecting , verbally or passively declining
to immediately follow whatever orders are shouted at you
has become resisting in the minds of many cops. We now
have a system in place that not only permits but encourages
an over-the-top response to trivialities such as failing to buckle
up for safety or openly criticizing a pat-down by a
GED reject TSA goon. And once theres a pretext, any
pretext the least resistance (that is, failure
to immediately cringe, submit and obey) can lead to outright physical
Some kids were
out on their skateboards. Apparently, in violation of some petty
ordinance. A shorts-wearing fatty cop and his similarly porcine
partner roll onto the scene. The first cop roughly snatches
one kids skateboard, then body slams the other kid for daring
to not immediately Submit and Obey. Rewind your mind: a 250-plus
pounder hurls himself onto the person of a scrawny adolescent as
if he were taking down Ted Bundy over a skateboard ordinance
violation. Imagine if this were your 14-year-old kid. Heres
the video of this incident:
One last example:
A woman is
stopped for jaywalking. She gets mad, understandably.
The situation escalates. The cop another big burly man
punches the woman in the face, full fist, full force. And it all
began with jaywalking.
The root problem
is that we have so many petty laws in the first place. Cops should
not be put in the position of having to enforce ridiculous
and tyrannical edicts that naturally get peoples backs
up, because people quite rightly object to being handled like criminals
or talked down to like an idiot child over something that is
in a sane society absolutely none of the cops business
in the first place.
It used to
be that, for the most part, only criminals actually dangerous
people, sociopaths had to fear being handled roughly by cops.
Now society is so interwoven with laws that it is almost impossible
to step outside of your door without violating one and thus, find
yourself the target of law enforcement.
aspect of this is the psychology involved. Criminals dangerous
people, sociopaths understand what they are and know what
theyve done and so rarely evince genuine outrage when caught,
roughly or otherwise. But the rest of us the John Qs. and
Janes just trying to live our lives we take affront when
a cop suddenly appears and begins quoting the law and
spewing threats at us. This combination of shock and outrage contributes
to the escalation of the situation. That woman in the first example
above probably could not conceive that she would be Tazered and
bullied to the ground by a cop a personage that she had almost
certainly (like most of us) been conditioned from an early age to
regard as her (and societys) guardian angel. Cops
just didnt do that kind of thing to housewives. Or kids. Or
Or anyone else
not a threat to them much less society.
But that was
before society began policing every aspect of our lives, giving
cops a reason to hassle us where none existed before and
providing the pretext for the escalation we see all around us. There
is, quite literally, no way out. Or at least no good way out. We
have two choices:
and immediately Submit and Obey to each and every law, no
matter how petty, unjust or ridiculous. Never say anything to a
cop except yes sir and no sir. Do whatever
they say, every time without question period.
Or, dare to
question and risk the consequences of resisting.
In other words,
we have the choice between abject servility or at least trying
to retain our dignity even in the face of possibly hideous consequences.
In a very real
sense, it is the same choice articulated more than 200 years ago
by another resister by the name of Patrick Henry:
is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear,
or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and
slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others
may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
indeed, the entire founding generation would find themselves
on the wrong side of the law (and cops Tazers)
were they alive today.