As always Jean Paul it’s a very informative, intelligent and well constructed Opening Piece that was truly a pleasure to read.
I personally believe where most people miss the boat is their predisposition to believe it’s better to just submit to the extortion tactics of the
state and it’s armed henchmen. That they will be better off in the long run and it’s not worth taking the personal risk in upholding your own
This though sadly is how a small simple government like the Federal Government and States started out as, then end up growing into a police state
where people are by and large frightened to challenge, question, disobey or otherwise contest the will of the state.
While a lot of people talk passionately and sincerely about concepts of the collective and greater good, the reality is that in the long run failure
to challenge the state in regards to it’s every whim and extortion scheme is detrimental to the collective good.
I live in a relatively affluent and upscale incorporated beach community that is just one square mile. The town has over thirty uniformed officers, 25
squad cars, 6 Sport Utility Vehicles, 2 pickup trucks, 2 canine units, 3 unmarked cars, 6 motorcycles, 4 All Terrain Beach Vehicles, 6 Bicycles and 2
of those 2 wheeled electric run about contraptions that you stand straight up on to cruise sidewalks.
Between traffic violations (rigidly enforced) and parking citations (rigidly enforced) the town grosses nearly 5 million dollars a year in code
violations. There is virtually no other crime except for a very rare burglary or domestic violence call.
So in essence this force exists to do little but extort money.
As you mention they have a state of the art facility, and despite the money they take in, the property taxes are some of the highest in town.
It is nothing but an aggressive business that often targets poor people for equipment violations, and driving 1 mile an hour over the 5 mile an hour
over mandatory window for speedometer discrepancies the state allows will trigger a speeding ticked. In other words if you are driving six miles over
the speed limit you have an excellent probability of getting ticketed by one of three roving speed traps that operate 24/7.
Oh did I mention the newly installed Traffic Cameras at every street light in the town?
Yet the police themselves often speed far in excess of the limit when not responding to any emergency, routinely roll and run stop signs on the side
streets with little to no care, and drive against traffic on one way streets to keep from having to go all the way around a block to perch for their
Anyone who imagines that the extent they take this extortion business too is in the interest of the public’s safety is simply delusional.
It sucks millions of dollars out of the local economy that otherwise might be spent at local merchants and indeed gives many non-residents pause when
it comes to visiting or driving through the community because of its reputation for exceedingly rigid code enforcement.
I got so sick of it, I sold my car close to two years ago to buy a bicycle, and now often harass them every time I spot them violating a code. I lodge
complaints with the department when I witness serious excesses and have seen a couple of the more aggressive and dangerous officers that they have
hired fired as a result.
Law enforcement/code enforcement and a growing private prison industry in this country represents a real danger to the people and no, I don’t
personally believe it’s in anyone’s benefit to roll over and play dead for them, just because it makes them happier, and makes it easier for them
to extort money from the people more efficiently.
For those people who really imagine we need all this to keep the roads safe I know better. When ever a hurricane passes through knocking out street
lights for days at a time, and drivers have to get by on common sense and courtesy the number of accidents goes way down.
We have a growing police state in this country, far too many of them soldiers fresh from urban combat zones where civilians are considered a threat
and an enemy, and far too many of them trained by private corporations in specialty classes as part of the Homeland Security Gravy Train, war to
terrorize the citizens where the concept of all citizens being a potential threat is drilled into them again and again.
While I have no doubt many mean well, once indoctrinated into the ‘police’ culture, isolated from main stream society by their uniforms and guns,
and constantly bombarded with ever sophisticated forms of brainwashing and group think through training seminars designed to do just that, few of them
Far too many are just thugs with guns and a badge with mannerisms and tactics no different than a common criminal.
They get worse every year, and on average every year 380 more laws with criminal penalty are created to go along with the 250,000 that already exist,
with over 600,000 that can trigger a fine.
We live in a police state, it’s stupid to deny it, and it’s even more stupid to make their job easier by rolling over for them in their every
Feeding the beast gets you nothing but a very big beast with a very large stomach and appetite to go along with it.
Speaking of retaining your own rights, while many will take exception referring to them as armed henchmen of the state puts you in a more powerful
position to retain your rights if you verbally and contractually fail and refuse to see them as ‘officers of the law’.
The bulk of them really are armed henchmen for the corporate government, and care nothing about the citizens, but just doing the ‘job’.
Hurt your feelings Mr. Henchmen, well the billions of dollars you help suck out of the economy annually to enrich a corrupt corporate government hurts
us a lot more.
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