|Good Communists & Good LEO are becoming synonymous
I can't be bothered to argue down to that level of Stupid. In all honesty, I don't think I could even try without permanently fouling my synapse-firing widgets. But this post isn't about the brain-damaged Souls who like to blame their own inabilities to navigate the world on the color of some other person's skin.
This is a post motivated by a commentor who dropped by recently and took exception to his perception that this blog, and me in particular, are anti-LEO. Someone sent him here, apparently commending this blog to him as a resource. I think someone was having fun with him - but that's another story. He commented here. Murphy - I am not mocking you - you simply wandered through the looking glass.
All snark aside: I am not anti-LEO. I am anti-asshole. Not every man and woman who wears a badge and gun for a living is an asshole. I know this to be fact, because I have met a few. Do I think they would absolutely refuse to enforce unconstitutional laws at all times? Nope. Do I think they use as much discretion as they find possible, when they are able? Yep. Would I prefer they refuse to enforce any and every unconstitutional law? Of course. But I am a realist. I'll take what I can get until the paradigm changes. I am simply one man among many who are working to change that paradigm.
"Defending the Natural Rights of fellow Citizens" isn't really the mandate of LEO in America any longer, is it? For every LEO that I personally would consider a fellow traveler, I shudder to think how many other LEO stack charges on people, even lie to stack charges on people. How many find it acceptable to flashbang a baby in a crib? How many share the Gabe Suarez worldview? And every man and woman wearing a badge and gun who remains silent while their fellow LEO behave that way can not, under any circumstances, be put into the fellow traveler category. It is not enough to handle such bad actors "in-house". For any decent Human Being currently wearing a badge & gun - unless you are willing to slap cuffs on your fellow LEO when they break a law for which you would arrest a civilian - you are part of the problem. You are guilty.
Until recently I had an ally who self-identified as LEO. I let him closer than I let most people. One day he began to reveal his true nature behind the facade he presented to the public. He revealed himself to be simply another taxpayer-funded, Thin Blue Line defending, back-stabbing PoS who in the Us-vs-Them reality in which we live, chose to be Them. One excises such cancers, ruthlessly.
He has been excised.
Extirpate - it is a Lifestyle.
Bottom Line: Do not judge any individual based solely upon any factor that is beyond his control.
Your behavior is your identifier.
Your skin is never your uniform.
Your uniform is your uniform. The uniform you put on every day is a choice.
If you are currently wearing a badge & gun for a living, prove to us that we shouldn't immediately IFF you based on that uniform in our current reality.
The time is coming when even the most reasonable Americans will take IFF decisions through a scope, without a conversation. And they will not take responsibility for your failure to have proven yourself a fellow traveler when you were able to do so. That's on you.