Do you feel remorseful for arresting your fellow citizens who broke consensual crime laws (drugs, prostitution, sodomy laws, etc)?
The reason I have a problem with just about all police officers is because just about all police officers have arrested people for violating unjust
consensual crime laws.
The rationalizations given usually revolve around: cops are just doing their jobs
(yuppie Nuremberg defense
); cops don't make the laws, they enforce the
To break Godwin's law I will refer to the Nazis. There were many regular old police departments in Germany that were brought into service of the Nazi
regime and rounded up Jews either killing them or putting them on trains. Those German police officers were just doing their jobs; they didn't make
the laws, they just enforced them. The Milgram Experiments
did a good job in explaining
why people tend to defer to authority and become amoral tools of that authority.
That said, those rationalizations (just doing a job) and explanations (milgram experiments) are not a valid defense of one's actions nor do they
defer responsibility of one's actions onto the policy makers. Yes the politicians share responsibility, they do make the laws, but law enforcement
also shares responsibility because they enforce the laws.
I would also say police unions along with corrections unions lobby to keep consensual crime laws in place and these unions have a very strong lobbying
power as politicians want their support so that they may win election.
Ultimately these reasons are why I have a problem with virtually all of law enforcement, I do not limit my views on responsibility to just the police
though. I have similar views on soldiers serving in illegal wars, parents circumcising their newborns, etc. Individuals are responsible for the
actions they take in life and most police officers have arrested people for violating consensual crime laws, likely leading to fines and or
imprisonment and all that person did was possibly harm themselves.
"your body, your property, your choice" - a simple principle I think we should all live by
P.S. To address your take on protests, people are allowed to protest outside abortion clinics or anywhere else as long as they are not trespassing on
private property or blocking entrances and exits to buildings or roads. Throwing RNC/DNC/WTO/G8/etc protesters into tiny pens not even visible from
the places the events are has nothing to do with not blocking entrances so that event participants can come and go freely. It is about silencing
dissent by making it invisible. If protesters were allowed to surround these event buildings while leaving an open path for event participants the
protesters would remain visible whenever tv crews used building footage in covering the story. By keeping the protesters in pens away from the
events, the media has to decide to cover the protests rather than they having no choice if they want to show the building the event is in.