Thoughts on Dallas, and the Police Gang

Let’s talk about Dallas, and the monopoly the state has on the initiation of violence and the use of force. I am going to make several broad statements as always, to hopefully foster some thought and dialogue.

 

  1. We have too many laws, and give law enforcement officers a monstrous task that they do not have the resources or training to carry out.

Spend a day doing a ride along, listening to the police radio or a “sit along” with a 911 call taker/dispatcher. People call 911 for the dumbest shit. Our society has created a situation where the people are completely helpless and dependent on the state. We cannot do anything for ourselves anymore. As a corollary, there is no incentive, and quite a few disincentives, to doing anything ourselves. The system is designed to make the people dependent on it.

Then we add in a basic level of training, and send police out to deal with impossible situations. Even if you do your job perfect, 50% are not satisfied. Bad guy goes to jail; bad guy’s family is pissed.

Why are street cops enforcing tax violations and other bullshit? Officers should not be contacting people because they’re selling untaxed single cigarettes and DVDs. Such actions only threaten the hegemony of the state.

Officers and prisons should have 1 purpose, and that is protecting the people from violent criminals. If you’re not a violent danger to society, why are you being segregated from it?

The obvious conclusion is, law enforcement no longer exists to serve and protect the people, but rather to serve and protect the state. Period, full stop. HRC and her continuing freedom is a great example. Police are merely the strong arm of the oligarchy. Their job is to bolster the efforts of the state, and to protect the state from the people.

 

  1. If you are not a cop, you do not understand what they’re dealing with. You have no frame of reference, and therefore cannot judge.

I believe that most officers are out there trying to do the right thing for the right reasons. But again, impossible job. However, the shit they deal with you cannot imagine. I have been in uniform and known fear. I have looked someone in the eye that I thought was about to initiate violence against me.

Have you ever rolled around with a violent suspect, knowing that if he wins you will die? He is trying to kill you, take your weapon, stomp your head in and flee. You are merely trying to subdue him, and are prevented from using lethal force except in specific circumstances. He loses and goes to jail, you lose and die.

Do you know how fast many encounters turn deadly? One second you’re having a conversation, the next second that suspect is emptying his gun into you and fleeing. Less than a second, life and death. Every contact, every suspect.

 

  1. Police officers in general are a tribe, a gang, a closed society. They consider themselves “us.”

Just for fun, I pulled up the NIJ’s definition of a gang. An excerpt;

  1. An association of three or more individuals;
  2. Whose members collectively identify themselves by adopting a group identity, which they use to create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation, frequently by employing one or more of the following: a common name, slogan, identifying sign, symbol, tattoo or other physical marking, style or color of clothing, hairstyle, hand sign or graffiti;
  3. Whose purpose in part is to engage in criminal activity and which uses violence or intimidation to further its criminal objectives.
  4. Whose members engage in criminal activity or acts of juvenile delinquency that if committed by an adult would be crimes with the intent to enhance or preserve the association’s power, reputation or economic resources.
  5. The association may also possess some of the following characteristics:
    1. The members may employ rules for joining and operating within the association.
    2. The members may meet on a recurring basis.
    3. The association may provide physical protection of its members from others.
    4. The association may seek to exercise control over a particular geographic location or region, or it may simply defend its perceived interests against rivals.
    5. The association may have an identifiable structure.

What does that sound like to you? Does the NIJ definition of a gang sound like a police force? They are the biggest, most well-funded, best organized gang, a government.

What these means for us is that we have to recognize that to them, they are “us” and we are “them.” It is “us” versus “them.” That’s ok, we recognize that, and we work around it. I do not threaten the hegemony of the state. Therefore, I am left alone. I am in a much smaller gang, but an affiliated one, working along parallel lines, that makes their job easier. The life of a member of a competing gang…is basically forfeit. The bigger gang will win, and kill you.

Any gang, any tribe, works for its own best interest. This is obvious. And so are the actions of law enforcement, when viewed through this lens. This is classic tribal behavior, going back to the very dawn of human existence. Certainly older than civilization, literally as old as man. Therefore, I bear no ill will to law enforcement. They’re a tribe, acting like a tribe. Their actions are predictable and ancient. We know that their tribe is different than ours, and we avoid conflict with their tribe.

 

  1. The training of police inherently reinforces the above, and we suffer for it.

“Everyone goes home tonight, be safe.” This is a common law enforcement mantra. It reinforces tribe, “we” will get to go home, “they” might not. If law enforcement was truly a public service, I think a spirit of sacrifice would be more prevalent, but it’s not. No gang member, or tribe member, willfully sacrifices themselves to help a different tribe. Again, that is classic tribe, and that’s ok. I would do the same thing.

A competing example from Coast Guard rescuers is “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.” Sacrifice. Recognition that your job is dangerous, and you accept those dangers.

“Be safe” is ridiculous. If we wanted to be safe, we would stay home. Law enforcement is inherently dangerous. That responsibility should be accepted, and the safety aspects let go. What we can do, is mitigate our risk. Police are great at that. Waiting for backup, seeking cover, and being over the top with aggressiveness while contacting a suspect. You know what helps them go home, and be safe, and mitigate their risk? Shooting you before you shoot them. Easy, and obvious. You are not their tribe. They go home, you don’t. Classic.

A bomb was placed near the Dallas suspect with a robot. Because it was too dangerous for police officers.

 

  1. The angst that is being fomented divides us against each other along racial lines, rather than “the people” against “the state.”

Divided we will fall. The system is breaking up the tribe of the people. Only a unified people can resist the state. The state is winning, because we are fractured. The state has seen to that. It is in their best interest that our tribes are fighting each other, instead of them. Again, this is obvious, classic tribal behavior. The government is one big tribe, supported by many smaller tribes, all working in concert toward a common goal. Any tribe, or gang, that opposes them, is destroyed. Either through direct state sponsored violence, or through a divisive process.

Reject the tribe of the state. Build your tribe, your family, your block. But do not steal, or deal drugs, or initiate violence, those are the jobs of the state, and they hate competition. Your family unit should come first, then your extended family, and maybe your geographical area. Look for people that share you culture, traditions and values. The state does not.

Do not allow the state to raise your children with their culture, traditions and values.

Reject the narrative. This is not about white vs. black. This is not about guns, and not about the NRA. This is not about DT vs. HRC, nor D vs. R. That is all narrative. It is a false narrative. This is about We the People. About being left alone. About getting government out of our homes, and businesses, and wallets, and bedrooms, and families, and bathrooms, and gun safes, and relationships.

The tribe of the state ultimately wants to be the only one with the tools and ability to be aggressive and initiate violence. They want a monopoly on violence, on the use of force. We will exist only as tax and debt drones. Keep that in mind.

 

Do not fight the state. Do not initiate violence. Build your tribe, read Jack Donovan and John Mosby. Reject the state’s narrative and their tribe. They do not share your culture, traditions and values.

Some of my statements probably seem contradictory. I am not anti-law enforcement. I have seen that side. It is an impossible job. We’re all just people. People haven’t changed much. Everyone is doing what they see as the right thing. We cannot view the world through their lens, nor can we condemn them. You might just do the same thing in their shoes.

Heros and Villains

Frequently in literature and film, there is a typical hero and villain motif. I admit my study of Jungian Archetypes was quite a while ago. But, I was thinking about the nature of the bad guy, and the nature of the good guy. Initially I was confining myself to books, then I began to think about real life. The “bad guy” tends to be lazy, ultimately, and that drives him on an easy path to a quick buck. Theft, confidence games, scams, fraud, etc. The “good guy,” on the other hand, works hard, is disciplined and diligent. He takes a harder, longer path to his goals. That idea set me to thinking about the Patriot movement in general, and myself specifically. I’ve met and spoke with and gotten to know many Patriots over the years. The thing that stands out to me is the talk, the rhetoric. Myself included. I would not go so far as to say that any I’ve met are “bad guys,” but some have had characteristics in common. Namely, that they avoid activities and ideas that are hard. This is a broad, sweeping, generalization. But I see it. If we’re not willing to do something “hard” right now, with the grid still “up” and everything functional, can we expect ourselves to do something hard when the SHTF? It’s easy to talk about the fight, it’s harder to get ready for it, and harder still to look at the enemy over their guns. Most, if not all, the Patriots I’ve known are earnest, well-intentioned folks. But perhaps we’re all lacking in something. Namely, the will to do hard work right now. Blogging? I should be lifting weights, doing sprint-intervals or dry firing. But that’s hard. Reading, writing and other intellectual pursuits are easy. I’d rather pretend that I’m in good enough shape, that my skills are sharp enough. I’d rather buy things on the internet. That’s easy.

The other trend I’ve seen in the bad guy is the preference for self preservation, versus the instinct for self sacrifice in the hero. The hero has a willingness to die for his cause, for his principals, for his beliefs, and his family. The villain will always hide, or flee, or surrender to save himself. He is not willing to stand up, not willing to die, not willing to sacrifice himself. Which type of person are you?

 

This does not make us bad guys. But, question yourself. Can we count on you when it gets hard? Or will you fold? An easy slavery, or a difficult Liberty? Surrendering is easy. Quitting is easy. Deluding ourselves is easy.


What’s the answer? I don’t know. Recognition of our thought process, and breaking that complacency bias. Get hard now. Separate the easy. Focus on the hard.

 

P.S. This post ended up echoing a recent post on a blog that I follow. Oh well. Greats minds. Credit to mountainguerilla.wordpress.com.

Washington State Legislature

Folks, there are a couple of bills floating around the Washington State Legislature that we should be aware of.

The first and most concerning, in my opinion, is HB 2354. This bill would ban the manufacture, sale and transfer of “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines.” This bill is heading to the House Judiciary Committee, and sponsored by Moeller, S. Hunt, Walkinshaw, Appleton, Senn, Santos, and Pollet.

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2015&bill=2354

Next up is HB 2374, a retail ammunition fee, $.05 a round! Heading to the House Judiciary Committee, sponsored by Senn.

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2015&bill=2374

Link to House Judiciary Committee.

http://leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/JUDI/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx

A couple more to take a look at, HB 1747, SB 5658, HB 1857 and SB 5643.

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsbytopic/Results.aspx?year=2015&subject=FIREARMS

Contact your “representatives” soon! Don’t hesitate to contact the sponsors of the bills and the committees.

Policing

Today’s topic is police brutality. Another contentious issue! As always, I love the divergent views, even in the same community. Many in the conservative community love freedom but support wanton excessive force by law enforcement. This is a contradiction. Many liberals it seems oppose force but expect enforcement of innumerable laws and protection for them by police. I would like to approach this from another angle.

 

I am of the opinion that we ask far too much of law enforcement. Law enforcement’s job should be to deal with violent offenders. That’s about it. Asking cops to deal with suicide, mental health and drugs is causing many of the use of force issues that we’re seeing. Strike laws and shift spending to mental health and substance abuse treatment.

 

As an aside, I was once annoyed that my local PD wasn’t spending any real time or effort on property crime. Now I’m of the opinion that it is your responsibility to secure your property. Take care of your own shit. You’re victim blaming! Well, yes, sort of. What I’m really talking about though is personal responsibility. Your property, your safety, your well being, your support, is YOUR responsibility. Not the police, or the government.

 

Back on track. If we continue to task law enforcement with dealing with the above issues, then we need to train them accordingly, and take a look at the hiring process. In my area, the hiring process and standards are fairly stringent, and fairly difficult. However, we can see that “a few bad apples” are slipping through the cracks, and making it through the process. These cops are beating, raping, murdering, preying on children, etc. I honestly do not know how to weed these applicants out, but I do know the current process isn’t working. My second suggestion is to increase training. Most officers are not trained to deal with extreme mental health issues. Which is why the police keep showing up and executing suicidal subjects.

If we believe in the Republic, and therefore the Rule of Law, we have to acknowledge that law enforcement is necessary. I think we also have to acknowledge that laws and law enforcement has gone way over the line, for a free country.

A Return to the blog

I haven’t posted on Liberty Infringed in over a year. Based on the amount of traffic my admittedly stale page is getting, I decided to start posting again.

 

I would like to restart my posting by telling a story that relates to the migrant crisis.

 

When I was in daycare, once upon a time, a family adopted a couple of refugee children from Bosnia, during the Bosnian War. One day I caught one of these small, malnourished children going through my cubby at daycare. Although we were the same age, I was significantly larger than the Bosnian kid. As I grabbed him, an adult intervened, and chastised me for accosting the other kid. I was shocked! Even though I was only about 8 years old, I was furious at the injustice. Just because the other kid was a skinny refugee, he was allowed to go through my stuff and steal, without consequences, while I was in trouble for stopping him.

 

This experience has stayed with me, and after all this time, I’m still pissed off.

 

As I watch the “migrant crisis” unfold, I am amused by the back and forth between the parties as they argue about what to do. It often seems like all they’re doing is saying the opposite of each other, even if it’s contradictory to their own previous statements. Let me try to approach it from an angle that is neither Democrat nor Republican.

 

The United States has directly contributed to the migrant crisis by its continued intervention in the Middle East. As a non-interventionist, I don’t think we should be there in the first place. Alas, we are.

 

Despite creating the problem, and despite our continuing involvement, I do not think it is our responsibility to help the “refugees” by allowing them to come here. I am not saying that all Muslims are “bad,” or terrorists. I am concerned about our ability to vet the refugees, as well as to monitor them once they’re here. I am not suggesting internment camps, or any other restrictions on the liberties of Muslims. Yes, they may be terrorists or criminals, but a bigger concern is the idea that our government could or would infringe on Liberty on religious or ethnic grounds…again. The internment of the Japanese in this country, in my opinion, is one of the most heinous acts in our history. We can allow that to happen again. If it can happen to them, it can happen to you.

 

Obviously, we’ve been particularly soft on immigration during the current administration. I’ve voiced my thoughts on immigration before. I will follow up on that by saying that we need secure borders, period. Fences, patrols and effective deportation, in cooperation with our neighbors. The easiest way to ensure that we don’t let terrorists walk right in, is to keep the door shut!

 

I think the focus in the media on what to do, or why, or how, misses the boat. Too much emphasis on vetting processes, or extreme denial of liberty, or that they’re all terrorists, or that none of them are terrorists. Terrorists or not, don’t let them in.

 

My personal approach is to be armed. All the time. I’m not saying an armed citizen will be able to stop a terror attack. Hopefully, at the very least, you can protect yourself and your family. On a larger scale, you might one day be defending your community. I believe that a culture war is being waged against us. The West is going to driven out of existence by the East. Even without a “hot” war, we will be bred out of the majority in as little as 4 generations. They are winning. By the time we realize what is happening, we will have already lost. How much of Europe has become a minority majority? How many cities in the US?
As a side note, having just said all of that, I will be called a racist. I don’t care. I don’t need a safe space or to be protected from hurtful speech. Don’t buy into the agenda that makes you afraid to speak up. I hesitated to post, based on the being called a racist. Then I realized how silly that was, and also that making people hesitate to speak up is exactly what they want.

What Are We Celebrating?

The 4th of July has come and gone, as it does every year around this time. Our Independence Day. But what are we Celebrating? And I don’t just mean those that are so ignorant of their history that they don’t realize that the “4th of July” is actually Independence Day. Even those people that are aware, don’t really know. For frame of reference, let’s agree that we’re celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence from British Rule on 4 JULY 1776 (Officially). But what does that even mean? What was the goal of declaring independence? What we should be thinking of on the 4th of July is not Independence, but Liberty. Liberty was the end, Independence was the means. We should also be taking time to thank the Founding Generation for their efforts on our behalf. We wouldn’t be here without them.

 

Here’s the rub…We’re not free. Not anymore, not like we were in 1789. We should not be celebrating. We should be taking time to say thank you, and then taking time to read the Declaration and the Constitution. We have fallen so far. Instead we blow shit up and “oooohhhh” and “aaahhhhh.” We have the idea of Freedom and Wealth drilled into us from day 1 at public school, and we believe it. We don’t take the time to stop and analyze what Freedom should look like, nor do we sit and ponder just why we think we’re free.

 

I sat in my house on the 4th and listened to my neighbors enjoy their fireworks. I looked up from my desk to the framed copies of the Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights that hang on my wall, and thought about our ignorance. I believe that ignorance continues to be the single biggest threat to Liberty in our country. Obviously, there are none left alive that remember what it took to get us here. A few study it, and fewer still truly feel it. This is designed. We were supposed to forget, the light of the flame of Freedom once burned so bright, but it has faded to a dull glow.

 

We should not be celebrating. We should be fighting.

 

Besides, I celebrate Independence and Liberty on April, 19th. When blood was shed, not when the paper was signed.

 

I will close this with a few quotes from Sam Adams;

 

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen”

 

[I]t is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or of any number of men, at the entering into society to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights, when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are life, liberty, and property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up an essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right of freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.”

 

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

 

 

The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.”

 

No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”

 

If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

 

Sam Adams, at various times, by various means.

 

Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.

It’s the Constitution, Stupid

I believe in the document, the Constitution for the United States of America. It is the best effort man has yet made at Liberty. The Founding Generation fought hard for it, sacrificed their lives and fortunes to secure Liberty, not for themselves, but for me, for us. Either one of these concepts would be enough for me, the Liberty, or the sacrifice. Both together is an overwhelming emotion plea to maintain the Document and my Liberty. There are those that do not wish Liberty, that would ignore the sacrifices of so many. They would use the apparatus of government to their own ends, to take from me what I hold most dear. “What Freedoms have we lost?” they ask. I’ll let you decide. I have no doubt my list would be near to endless.

 

We as citizens in this Country are bound by laws, these laws are (theoretically) written by and agreed upon by the People. Our governments are also bound by laws. The Constitution is this law. Anytime the government acts outside of the Constitution a law is broken, if our government, as a body and as individuals participating in it are not held responsible, tyranny results. When the government takes an action, any action, it should be judged against the enumerated powers of government in the Constitution. Any affront to Liberty by government is tyranny. There is no middle ground. Liberty only exists when the government acts within its’ just powers, as enumerated in the Constitution. No matter how small the infraction, Tyranny results. When a person acts outside of the law, in any small way, it is a criminal act. When the government acts outside of the Constitution, in any small way, it is a tyrannical act. No middle ground, no compromise. The government should not be involved in our lives in any significant way.

 

What should the penalty be for an official that violates his oath of office and uses the government outside the Constitution?

 

Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.