I’m the daughter of a cop, a medically retired cop, and married to a cop. I did a minimum stint in the military. I’m a Christian and politically conservative. Everything in my blood screams to follow law and order. That’s the basis of a well-functioning society, right? Well, yes- as long as the elected leaders of that well-functioning society don’t abuse their authority and attempt to gain more control than they were ever intended to attain.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t just go for the federal government these days- it’s trickled down like sap from an evil tree to our state governments, and even to our local governments.
In some cases, that includes using the police as pawns in their game of How Much Power Can I Get?
The forefathers intended that, should the government become tyrannical, we stand up and defend what they gave us. It is so hard for me to write this, but we are there: It’s time (past time, actually) that we stand up and defend life as we know it in America.
That includes the police.
I mean that on two levels: That includes the police having to stand up for our country (as they took an oath to do), and it includes standing up against the police when they refuse to honor that oath.
Let’s start with the one that doesn’t make my stomach churn: When an officer is sworn in, he takes an oath to defend both the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state in which he is to serve.
It’s time for police everywhere to do that, to defend the constitutions. Some of these orders being passed down by elected officials are absurd. They’re not constitutional. I don’t care what some dudes (and chicks) in black robes tell us from a bench, and I don’t care who appointed them to said bench. They are not constitutional, and everyone knows it, to include those who are passing them down.
Then the police get put in the middle because they’re the ones that both elected and hired officials expect to enforce the edicts. Sometimes they have said no, and sometimes they have said yes. Sometimes they have said no but then another avenue is used, and the police don’t have a choice.
For example, many stories have gone around about the big, bad police arresting people “for not wearing masks.” No. That’s not what’s happening. They’re arresting people because they’re trespassed- the business has a right to say who they do and do not want on their premises, and if the person there doesn’t want to follow their rules (no shoes, no shirt, no service…) then the place has a right to ask the person to leave.
If they don’t, they get trespassed, and if they come back, it’s a crime. THAT is what the people in those situations are getting arrested for.
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I think that most people are actually on board with this because this is also a pillar of a free society- the rights of businesses to operate as they choose. A person may not like their rules, and therefore can choose, thanks to our free market, to shop at a different store. Some people see it as discrimination, which it very well may be. But again, we have a free market and free will to make choices on where to spend our money.
In many cases, we’ve seen people “cause problems” by speaking out at things like school board meetings, and then suddenly they’re trespassed, and they become a problem for the police to deal with.
A trespass notice is a civil issue and it can be fought, but it has to be fought in the court or by appealing to the school board, state superintendent, etc. But the crime of trespass is, in fact, a crime, and the police do have to respond. It still should be fought if it’s bogus, but that’s not the fault nor the jobs of the police.
Sometimes, the police do have to stand up and say, no. No, I’m not going to follow this order, I’m not going to enforce this unconstitutional law. And we are seeing that around the country. In many cases it’s the Sheriffs that are the ones standing up, which is even better.
But sometimes, as we have also seen, the police do things that violate the rights of citizens they’re sworn to protect. At that point, it’s time to not comply.
Please understand that I do not mean it’s time to fight the police. But I am talking about civil disobedience, allowing yourself to get arrested for breaking laws that aren’t really laws, and passively resisting.
There are hundreds of thousands of police officers, and I want to believe that the vast majority of them believe in and stand for the Constitution. But the last 18 months have shown me many things, and one of those things is that many officers have never even read the constitution, much less know how to uphold it, and certainly don’t intend to do so if it means going against the grain (or a direct order).
Sure, they go to hours and hours of Fourth Amendment classes on when they can search someone and when they can seize property, and of course they’ve been taught about Miranda rights and Terry stops. But those are things that have come out of litigation over the years. Those are not the nitty-gritty details that our forefathers designed for this country.
When the governor issues an order because he wants power, even though that order is outside of his “emergency authority,” and an officer enforces it, that’s tyranny enforced by state-run police.
That can’t happen. That’s not something we should sit idly by and allow to happen, to include other officers.
What would Samuel Adams have done if some governmental authority came to his home and said he had to kick people out of his house because there were too many present for a celebration, according to the governor?
He would have laughed in their faces, that’s what.
Then he would have shut the door in their faces.
Then, if they persisted, he would have shot them in their faces.
Probably not at that point, but you get what I’m saying.
If you look around at what’s happening in our nation right now, do you think our forefathers would have been hymning and hawing over what do to? Do you think they’d be showing up at school board meetings saying, “Pretty please don’t teach my kid to be a communist?”
No! They would have started fighting long ago.
We have just forgotten what it’s like to have to fight to ensure our freedom (rather, no American today knows what it’s like, unless they fled here from a communist or socialist country, to not be free).
“Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Ronald Reagan said that in the 1960’s before he was president.
Freedom is a fragile thing, and she is being slowly but surely torn to threads, in part by some of those who are sworn to defend it (the military is not off the hook- but they are a whole other story).
While we did inherit the documents and the way to run government from our forefathers, we did not inherit it as an everlasting right- we do have to continue to fight for and defend it, just like Reagan said.
We have had to defend it from foreign enemies several times, and we should have been defending it from the inside for years, but we didn’t see what was happening. Like Abraham Lincoln said, “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
We have come to a crossroads, my friends. We have, ourselves, been the author of the destruction of this great country by passivity.
And now, police and citizen alike, must stand together as a nation of freemen and take it back.