reply to post by GrimTroll
Well if this is not an obvious troll post -- it's sheer ignorance.
Seriously - I'm not going to shed a tear for someone who shows up to a public demonstration in such a disarray of uniform articles. He was trained
how to wear that uniform - you wear it properly (especially
in view of the public) or not at all.
It's bad enough he drug his military affiliation (present or former) into the mix of a politically charged atmosphere. I'm not entirely certain
what that group of Veterans was doing there - but I cannot have an ounce of respect for the douche if he is going to show up in a -wrinkled- BDU
blouse and cover, unbuttoned, with some logo T-shirt on under it. That is an insult to those who have wore that uniform before and after him.
Yeah - he deserved what he got.
"Blurka-Blur! Police brutality!"
Look - Americans don't know how to respect law enforcement. They start pissing themselves and crying wolf when five police offers show up to a
demonstration of 50 people and stand off to the sidelines.
Then, people get it in their head that it is, somehow, okay to intimidate and threaten police officers when they outnumber said police officers. In
some of the pictures posted - we see, clearly, TV crews with large cameras and boom microphones at the scene.
Do you know what that means? The people being filmed were making a scene to be filmed. That tends to be why people film said event. Further, I do
not see any of the other veterans in the shots where "# is going down."
Which tells me he probably ran off to join some buddies after the horse and pony show was over, and he/they started a scene that later resulted in him
I don't have a bit of sympathy for the guy.
That doesn't mean the officers involved are acquitted of any wrong-doing - but that I am simply not swayed by the whole "He served in Iraq and got
injured by police" line.
Further, in the videos, I'm noticing a lot of gang affiliations amongst the people displaying injuries and in the lines directly confronting police.
I'm not buying the "innocent civilian" line.
Look - I'll put it to you pretty simply. Our system is designed to give the most power to local governments and the least power (but the most
broad-sweeping) to the national government. It is set up so that people can establish their own rules and laws according to their own ways of life
You are supposed to know your local representatives, rather than treat it like a student council election. You are supposed to be engaged in that
process and involved. If you aren't - you are going to be sorely disappointed by anything and everything that goes on around you.
The only reason the system "has power over you" is because you give it that power. You've allowed the two-party system to wreak havoc these past
several decades and allowed corporations to use government regulatory standards as a battlefield for market influence and control. You allowed
systems like Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and Income Security to function as a sort of protection fee (so long as you are getting a check in
the mail, you'll allow the shenanigans to continue).
I'm rather new to the political process - I haven't been around much longer than two decades - and I get here to find out that y'all have royally
#ed my generation over.
Am I going to go out there and protest or picket middle-aged and senior groups while calling them out on being their lack of integrity and
No. I'm going to work through the system until it becomes impossible for me to make a reasonable living - at which point, I will ignore the system
and go about doing what works. Attempts to interfere with my independence will be met with an appropriate amount of resistance - to potentially
include my own personal options for lethal force - or paramilitary response (provided I have such influence).
There's no need for this protesting nonsense. It only serves to raise tensions and prompt emotional and irrational responses that only lead to
further degrading the important structure of society.
I will not stand with these protesters. They do not represent the Constitution or its values. They do not represent the people I took an oath to
protect. Nor do I represent the police or the "system."
I do, however, have respect for the system of government and the authority of law enforcement.
What should these protesters do if they want my respect?
Go make their little hippie commune somewhere. Pool their resources and their trades and make it happen - I would actually support legislation to
declare their region/area as a separate economic entity from the U.S. and to let them act independently.
THAT is what our Constitution is about.