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Do fewer Police = more Liberty?

Christopher Harris

Let me make something perfectly clear. I am not by any stretch of the imagination “Pro-Police”. Meaning, I am not a homer for the cops. As someone who loves Liberty, and wants Limited Government, the idea of large police forces is at the very least, disconcerting to me. I recognize that at the end of the day, Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) are “agents of the State”, and as Thomas Jefferson once said, “Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?”

There are some definite “bad actors” among those who wear the uniform and are sworn to protect and uphold the law; of that, there is no doubt. It should go without saying that the bad actors need to be identified, held accountable, and punished to the fullest extent of the law. In my opinion, the bad actors in the LEO community need to be punished even more harshly than criminals, because these are the people that we trust to uphold the law!

However, I am doggone sure not “Anti-Police”, because that’s just plain ol’ stupid!

I recognize that WE, THE PEOPLE, have put a terrible burden upon our law enforcement community, and its just gotten completely out of hand. On October 11, 1798, THAT DUDE, President John Adams said, “This country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; BECAUSE WE HAVE NO GOVERNMENT ARMED WITH POWER CAPABLE OF CONTENDING WITH HUMAN PASSIONS UNBRIDLED BY MORALITY AND RELIGION. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry,  would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. OUR CONSTITUTION WAS MADE ONLY FOR A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. IT IS WHOLLY INADEQUATE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY OTHER.”

As to be expected, the more we’ve embraced Leftist/Regressive/Socialist ideology, the more we’ve  become an IMMORAL and AMORAL society.  Yet, we hate the behavior of our society…so we keep creating new laws in an attempt to counter-act this behavior and control the bad actors. And then we have the nerve to ask our LEO’s to stand in the gap and protect us from the tidal wave of IMMORAL and AMORAL behavior that we continually allow.

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The real tragedy is that when a few LEO’s become overzealous in their enforcement of the countless laws we ask them to enforce (new ones are created daily), it becomes popular to excoriate the entire law enforcement community. The first thing that comes to my mind when I see this taking place is Matthew 7:3-5 (NKJV), which says, “3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

I think that while we are examining and criticizing the conduct of our LEO’s we should simply take a good hard look in the mirror, and consider our own mindset, and subsequent behavior. Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”   As time goes on, that statement become more and more prescient. How can we keep giving up liberty (by creating new laws) in exchange for a little temporary safety, and then act surprised when we end up with less liberty and less safety?

Check out this excerpt from a NY Post article detailing how “Arrests plummet 66% with NYPD in virtual work stoppage”.

It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage.

NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.

The dramatic drop comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio plan to hold an emergency summit on Tuesday with the heads of the five police unions to try to close the widening rift between cops and the administration.

The unprecedented meeting is being held at the new Police Academy in Queens at 2 p.m., sources said.

Angry union leaders have ordered drastic measures for their members since the Dec. 20 assassination of two NYPD cops in a patrol car, including that two units respond to every call.

It has helped contribute to a nose dive in low-level policing, with overall arrests down 66 percent for the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same period in 2013, stats show.

Citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587, during that time frame.

Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300.

Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241.

Drug arrests by cops assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau — which are part of the overall number — dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.

The Post obtained the numbers hours after revealing that cops were turning a blind eye to some minor crimes and making arrests only “when they have to” since the execution-style shootings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

Did we this bring this on ourselves? Are we finding out that our form of government is wholly inadequate to the governance of an immoral and amoral population? When will we acknowledge that there is no form of government, short of an tyrannical dictatorship, that is armed with power capable of contending human passions, unbridled by morality and religion?

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