reply to post by whatukno
Well the truth is that at the founding of the nation there really weren't cops anywhere.
The citizen arrest was all that most communities required to deal with the simple unobtrusive laws of the day.
It was only when people began to be stacked and racked in tenaments, and lost a sense of community when places like New York City turned to Cops.
Cops is actually short for Coppers, which was derived from the copper badges New York City Police officers originally wore.
Even during western expansion, law officers were few and far in between, communities had to rely on citizens arrests or waiting for months for the
State or Federal Government to send a marshall, with no one locally wanting the unpleasant and usually terminal task of taking the job.
Los Angeles was so lawless during the late and early 1900's, French citizens living there actually requested troops from France to protect them and
Where we have erred is when laws started to legislate morallity mainly for the sake of Christian tea totalers, who saw all vice as a sin, even though
vice is a huge part of human nature.
We have so many laws and codes on the books now even the most conciencous and law abiding citizen is apt to break some of them, often without even
knowing it, often regarding very innocent things that resulted in no harm to anyone, but a handsome fine for the state, and or a handsome fee for an
The fact is that police are typically poor at solving crimes that don't involve them recieving some type of information from a concerned citizen.
90% of all crimes are solved or close to solved by citizen's tips, jealous lovers, double dealing partners, etc.
So in reality 90% of crime can in fact be handled by the citizen, and there would be far fewer offenders if the government stopped trying to regulate
vice, and human behavior, for profit, and for the profit of criminal syndicates that often are in partnership with various law enforcement agents and
officers and politicians and enjoy the obscene profits that can be made by making vice illegal and as a result more dangerous.
As the government grows larger, the number of laws grow larger, it is an ever expanding system, that requires expansion to actually sustain itself and
It becomes parasitical at a point, many feel that point has already been reached and passed, and eventually most parasites will destroy or consume the
So that is a very real risk.
Ultimately the government justifies most of its actions on selling people the notion that it can protect them from their fears, usually after
instilling those very same fears into people, to sell them on the notion that the government can protect them from them. For a fee in dollars, for an
exchange of 'some' liberties.
Liberties are what governments allow you to have, freedom is something you exercise on your own accord regardless.
There is a difference.
Yet in the end of the day, fears are almost always imagined, and those focused on their fears, are more apt to create self fulfilling prophecies that
make those fears come true.
In many ways we have become a fearful nation of pessimmists and cynics always anticipating and seeing the worst in every things potential, and then as
a result approaching those things in the most self defeating way.
I don't need a nanny, and ultimately that is what government is becomming as more and more people sucumb to nothing but their fears, which they
consider reasoned but often aren't, and are just a product of a typically dull and uneventful life creating imaginary drama because heavens knows
they truly aren't doing anything eventful, fun or exciting.
I don't need a nanny, but I do promise not to kill anyone, violently hurt anyone, destroy anything through deliberate design, or take anything from
anyone that does not belong to me.
Most people are the same way, and it takes citizens and not police officers to typically expose the people who aren't the same way.
The more laws the less justice, the less the most important laws go unenforced.
Jack of all trades master of none.
[edit on 19/8/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler]