Government’s violent treatment of citizens has become generalized and unremarkable. Consider.
This month in Washington DC, Federal police riddled with bullets a woman suffering from post-partum depression who, had she been allowed to live, might have been convicted of reckless driving, at most. She had careened too close to the White House and Capitol, but had harmed no one and her car had stopped. In the same month, California sheriffs’ deputies killed a 13 year-old boy who was carrying a plastic toy rifle. It is not illegal to carry a rifle, never mind a toy one. America did not blink. A half century ago, Alabama sheriff Bull Connor’s use of a mere cattle prod to move marchers from blocking a street had caused a national crisis.
In a casual conversation, a friendly employee of the US Forest Service bemoaned to me that he was on his way to a US Army base, where he and colleagues would practice military tactics against persons who resist regulations. A forester, he had hoped to be Smokey the Bear. Instead, he said, “we are now the Department of Provocation.” In fact every US government agency, and most state and local ones now police their ever burgeoning regulations with military equipment, tactics, and above all with the assumption that they are dealing with people who should not be dealt with any other way.
Angelo Codevilla points out how the frog of liberty has just about been boiled to death.
I have often railed against the police state tyranny in which we now live: The deadly confluence of a river of legislation that makes us all unwitting criminals, coupled with a public mindset that desperately values safety and security over liberty, has created a national zeitgeist in which the slaughter of ordinary folks for trivial or non-existent “crimes” is considered standard operating procedure. It is far more important for thuggish, deadly cops to “get home safely after work” than it is to operate on the traditional presumption of innocence. So they murder 13 years old kids with perfectly legal toy guns, and everybody cheers.
Of course, the real crime is showing any resistance to either the forces of the law, the laws themselves, or the preferences of the progressive ruling class.
And since nobody else seems willing to say it, I will: Liberty-minded constitutional conservatives are the new Jews in our liberal fascist, progressive, statist American police state tyranny.