Government Teaching Law Enforcement to Break the Law
When did it become acceptable for the government of a free and self-governing people to teach its law enforcement officers that they have the authority to “bend” or even “suspend” the laws they were hired and swore to uphold and defend?
Read the FBI Memo: Agents Can ‘Suspend the Law’
Do you remember the Declaration of Independence? It says we are all created equal, with equal rights. This means that the people who we hire to manage our government and enforce our laws are not and cannot be better or above the lowest of us. Just because they carry a badge and a gun, it does not give them the authority to break the law. If the law is to mean anything, it must apply equally to all of us – especially those who enforce it. Because, if it doesn’t, then there is no rule of law, only the rule of those who carry that badge and gun and that places those people in a state of war with every freeman in this nation.
We no longer teach the principles of liberty in this nation. If we did, we would understand that the Social Contract tells us government is formed by each of us giving part of our personal authority to it to do for us those things we would otherwise have e right to do, but which might be too difficult to do by ourselves. This includes things like organizing fire and police departments. But the key is this: we can only give that authority we have a Natural Right to claim, and because we are all created equal, none of us has any more authority than any other. That means no one in the government – not even the government itself – can claim to be greater than or above the lowest member of society. The moment it any government does so, it declares war on the people who formed it and the government ceases to be legitimate. Likewise, the moment any government agent declares themselves above or greater than the lowest citizen, he/she ceases to be a legitimate agent of the People’s service.
But we don’t teach this anymore. Instead, we do our dead level best to commit national suicide by trying to convert as many people as possible to the ideology of Revolutionary France where the solution to whomever was deemed to be a “threat to the cause” on any given day was to chop off their heads – even those of children. What’s more, we glorify this notion in our pop culture. Do you bother to pay attention when you see it, or do you just ignore it when your favorite characters on shows like NCIS, CSI and Law & Order “bend” the law and violate the constitution in the name of “justice?” How does one defend justice by breaking the law, or is it OK if the people doing it are “cool?”
If we are to remain a free and self-governing people, this sort of stuff has to start mattering to us because, if we don’t care enough to push back against such blatant breaches of public trust, how can we know we’ll care enough when those “bends” in the law are government agents putting people in cattle cars?