Comments: Friend Or Foe?

The same thought occurred to me as I was driving in this morning and noticing all the cops sitting on the side of the road looking for some revenue for the city. They aren't protecting and serving. They are collecting taxes. That is when I reminded myself that a cop is not my buddy. When the cop is friendly to you at a stop, he is just trying to see if you'll say something stupid.

They are agents of the state, and the state is not my friend. Hell, I can't even let them be my buddy when they are off duty. The courts have decided that nothing is off the record, so I have to always suspect them.

Posted by Phelps at February 21, 2006 11:56 AM

Your right. If gun owners are unwilling to take firearms ownership seriously, (seriously to the point of life and death), why should judges, politicians and neighbors?

In some ways the internet probably doesn't help. We can voice our opinions and relieve the anger that should be directed and properly released on tyrants.

And until shooting back becomes the norm, they will keep pushing.

Posted by FishOrMan at February 21, 2006 08:15 PM

Most Americans were educated in state schools.

In a religious school, what is the main secondary purpose (secondary to pure education)? It is promoting the ideals, principles and interests of the religion.

It follows then that in a state school, the main secondary purpose (it could be argued that it is the primary purpose) is to promote the ideals, principles and interests of the state.

So, we are taught from the youngest age that the government is good, that it is always looking out for our best interests, that the police are the good guys and are there to protect us, that we should always acquiesce to governmental authority and never take matters into our own hands etc, etc, etc.

We are taught from the youngest age that safety is the paramount concern. Therefore, it is right and good for the government to protect us from ourselves (must wear seatbelts and helmets, can't smoke, can't use recreational drugs, must be licensed and approved before practicing a trade, must only hire licensed practitioners, can only buy or sell government approved merchandise etc. etc. etc.)

Most people are either too apathetic or too narcissistic to put much thought into these issues. It's all about having the fancy car and the plasma TV and two weeks vacation at Disney World.

That is why it is unthinkable for most people to even contemplate opposing the police. That is why there is no cry of outrage at the man on Death Row right now because he shot a cop during a "no knock" warrant execution on the wrong side of a duplex. That is why, when you, or I or any other of the relative few who understand that liberty is more important than an individual life, die opposing tyranny, we will be seen by the general public as a nut-case at best and a heinous criminal at worst.

And because the vast majority value their life and security more than liberty, there will be no large movement of freedom loving people to duplicate our self-less act and force the government to reconsider their tyrannical behavior. It just won't happen. At least not until the government becomes so tyrannical that a large enough group rebel against it. But that probably won't happen in our lifetimes.

"A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
--John Stuart Mill

"The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville

"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
-- Samuel Adams

"Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves."
—D. H. Lawrence

Posted by Sailorcurt at February 22, 2006 06:53 AM

On a related note, I've often wondered which government jobs I could hold in good conscience. IRS job: no way. DEA, even less. (I have an impossible fantasy of Nuremburg style trials for the fed agents and lawyers who are arresting and prosecuting medical pot users.)

Public schoolteacher, OK. Minor bureaucrat for the unemployment office or somesuch, distasteful but OK.

City cop, that would be a tough call. Some, like Bill Masters, manage to have some honor while holding the job. But too many are just randomly collecting revenue for the city and jailing people for offences against laws which should never have existed. That should be too much for a functioning conscience to bear.

Posted by Walter at February 23, 2006 01:46 PM
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