Reading the comments to this post by Mike Vanderboegh has persuaded me to weigh in on Ferguson and the liberty movement. It had to happen. The liberty movement – at least for some – sees a common enemy, the police state, and is allying itself with crooks and liars. This is to be avoided since it does nothing except harm the movement.
Let’s begin by divorcing the person of the LEO who is the subject of the goings-on in Ferguson. He has as much right to self defense as anyone else, and had someone tried to beat the shit out me of I wouldn’t have waited until the perpetrator was going after my weapon. It would have been 230 grain fat boys to the belly until the magazine was empty – and then reload and do it again. I suspect that the LEO was shooting 9mm, which is why it took six rounds to put him down (wound track is everything).
Furthermore, the perpetrator in question was apparently walking in a traffic lane, which is a crime. I don’t do that, and no one I know does that. The cop had a right to tell the perpetrator to get out of the traffic lane and arrest him if he doesn’t. As for whether the shooting was justified (i.e., it was in self defense), the facts will have to bear that out. I cannot and will not comment on that. But the point is that this isn’t unlike a thousand such incidents that occurs every day in America. There is nothing special about Ferguson.
Now on to the main issue. Militarization of the police is a bad thing, always, under any circumstances, and especially when it comes to invasion of homes. Any serious reader can study my tag on SWAT and see my views. I couldn’t care less if it is a black man in suburbia Chicago dealing drugs or me in my home writing on my web site. A man’s home is his castle, and he deserves for it to be so. My history is clear on this. Find another way to do evidence collection. If the police want to come into my home, they should call and make an appointment.
As for the militarization of police in Missouri, they shouldn’t have all of that gear. It’s wasteful, expensive and sends the wrong message – to the LEOs themselves. As long as they want to dress up and play soldier-boy, the damage is minimal. If they want to enforce the law that way, I object. And don’t carry around a patrol rifle unless I can carry one too. But what I really object to is home invasions, and the best of my knowledge, that has not happened in the context of Ferguson.
In any case, I think it’s a sad commentary on the police that they appear the way they do. But that fact doesn’t in the least cause me to side with crooks, liars, looters, criminals, ne’er-do-wells, and other maladjusted folk.
I have for a very long time taken the position – at work and at home – that I don’t fill in the gaps for people. If you work too hard to repair the bad decisions by management at work, they never learn from their mistakes. If you undo the consequences of every bad decision your child makes, he never learns. Like it or not, in God’s economy, consequences is the premier teacher. Blocking consequences is the same thing as hating your child. Don’t do it.
My position on Ferguson is that the police should back away. If the criminals want to tear up the gas stations, grocery stores, roads, sewage and water supply systems, then so be it. Let them do it. They will learn from the consequences of said actions when no more groceries can be obtained, no automobile gasoline is available, and they have no power for their air conditioners, heaters and televisions. We owe them nothing.
There are no good guys in Ferguson. The liberty movement doesn’t have to side with anyone in order to maintain the position that criminals should be prosecuted and the police shouldn’t be militarized. It’s possible to walk and chew gum at the same time. Aligning with the criminals is a bad move not only from the perspective of optics, but also from the perspective of morals. I am not a criminal, and I have no sympathy for criminals.
Liberty is not equivalent to lawlessness and anarchy, and if you think so then you don’t understand liberty. In fact, you don’t understand much. Battlefield USA discusses warts in the liberty movement.
I support your liberty, just like I support your liberty to house just enough explosives in your own home to blow it and yourself up… not mine, nor the whole neighborhood. You might be the most responsible super-duper explosives handler bar none… but give every idiot the “liberty” to store enough explosives in their home to blow up the neighborhood is just plain stupidity.
There is a reason why the military has hardened weapons bunkers. There was a reason why the colonials had store/arms rooms for their cannons and black powder.
And on and on… There are too many in the “liberty” movement who can not reason, can not logic, who don’t understand that with liberty, comes responsibility.
Just like I told my new neighbor a few years ago. He has every right to party. He has every right to listen to his music… he has no RIGHT to blast his music in my ear and off my windows and walls that my damn windows and walls literally shake and vibrate. I asked him if it was okay if I threw rocks at his ears, windows, and walls… and why not. He GOT THE POINT and apologized.
I’m not the sharpest cookie on the block. I have my faults… but ya know, there are really some dumb fucks in the liberty movement that think liberty is all about them. It’s all about the… individual… and by individual, they mean… all about them.
I have a responsibility to not endanger your life. I don’t drive drunk. I don’t go outside and go all Rambo with my firearm. I don’t drive down the street like a maniac at 120 mph. I don’t house enough black powder to blow up the whole frikkin block… or my own house.
I have as much as a responsibility for you and yours as you do for me and mine.
When you are out there doing your liberty thing… keep that in mind.
Otherwise, you’re just a savage. Which is an excuse for license.
Ferguson is the hive’s chickens coming home to roost. It is the collectivist’s nightmare. A class of people who have had the family destroyed for generations, been taught that we owe them something for generations, and think they can break the law with impunity, are at odds with the police and other authorities, while the police and other authorities are under criticism for using the very tactics on this entitled class that the collectivists set them to to use, because they want to fill in the gap and prevent the effects of consequences (I think Mike Vanderboegh pointed out something like that with his clever title). We should all stand back and say to the collectivists, “Look upon what thou hast created. Are you proud?”
Nightmare. And it’s just beginning. Ferguson is a microcosm of Chicago, LA, Houston, New York, and Atlanta. It’s all unraveling for them. Your job is to be prepared, not to side with any of them. This is their nightmare. Let them live it alone. Let Ferguson burn. Don’t fill in the gaps for them. Don’t side with criminals or militarized police. Let it all collapse, you have no friends in the fight.