I grew up in a family that honors the police. My grandmother was friends with a Police Captain. My Uncle is a Police Officer. His son is an Security Police Airman in the USAF. Another Uncle was a Sheriff for a small town outside of Louisville, KY. I have a nephew in Law who is in the process of joining the LMPD. One of my best friends is the widow of a Police Officer. A great many friends are Police Officers and I have still more friends who were Military Police in the US Army.
For a great part of my life, I did not question the activities of the Police. Even though I had witnessed some corruption myself in the Army Military Police Corps and had been involved in some idiotic, though not corrupt, interactions with civilian police.
I never questioned.
When something like the Michael Brown shooting occurred, my initial and, usually, lasting reaction was “he deserved it.” When laws were passed that allowed the police to violate the rights of citizens, I thought; “If you don’t have anything to hide…if you aren’t guilty, you’ve nothing to worry about.”
That all changed.
In the past few years, I’ve noticed a slow creep in police attitudes. I’ve noted changes at the airports in America. I’ve noticed changes in the justice system. I’ve noticed a large amount of people being set free from incarceration due to incompetence, negligence or willful corruption of the American Justice System.
This has, to put it mildly, upset me.
I grew up believing that America was the Greatest Nation on Earth. I grew up believing that we were the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
I’ve lost faith in these concepts.
America has the largest prison population in the world. We incarcerate more people than China, Russia, Iran and, it is said, North Korea. This is, to my way of thinking, insane. Many of the people whom we have imprisoned in America are guilty of nothing more than partaking of a weed that grows in nature. Yes, I speak of marijuana. Others are in prison due to various other drugs. This is legislated criminality. This is immoral. We imprison people, violate their person, destroy their spirit because they desire to smoke a plant that can be found in the forest. We raid farms and property and destroy families because people wish to smoke a plant.
This must change.
The War on Crime and the War on Drugs has done more damage to America and to the United States Constitution than the Soviet Union, al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein, ISIS, North Korea and Iran combined.
These pseudo-wars are fully supported by the majority of our police forces. The State lied and continues to lie to this day about drugs and crime. They lie to support the State and centralization of power to the Federal Government.
This must change.
I have written about these issues fairly extensively on this blog. I will not repeat everything that I’ve written in this blog.
I will say only this. The American people need to wake up to these facts of our existence. Our police have become tools of State oppression. The Bill of Rights is being dismantled. Look only to Ferguson to see this. Look past Michael Brown. Look past the looters. Look to the peaceful citizens who assembled and how the State reacted to them. If you can say with a straight face that the Bill of Rights meant anything to the police of Ferguson, you are a better actor than I.
Another issue that I have is with folks who have family who are police. WAKE UP! Yes, you are emotionally invested. Certainly, your family member may not be one of the corrupt State Goons. Your family member or friends may be one of the “good Cops.” It doesn’t matter. If he or she is one of the “good” guys, they have no voice. They follow orders and fall in line or they will be fired, jailed or, worse yet, killed. Just ask Frank Serpico and numerous other Cops who tried to fight the corruption and Statism that prevails in America’s police forces today.
You can be as mad at me as you wish for stating my opinions and shouting my facts as to the State of American Policing and the Federal power grab that has been occurring since Nixon. Fact is, I don’t care about your feelings. I don’t care that you have a good cop as a friend, Uncle, Father, spouse, grandfather or BFF. I care that the American Police Forces and the American “Justice” System is killing innocent people. They are incarcerating innocent people. They are ruining lives.
You can stay huddled up in your little bubble for as long as you like. I care not. Do not expect me to not speak out about what I see as a great injustice and a direct attack on America’s soul.