The video of the Chicago Police shooting a man in the street is both disturbing and instructive. When we consider the history of the powers of policing in the country, we can quickly see that something is amiss today. What is that something?
The British never fully understood the American Revolution, nor our claim that we were oppressed. In their view, they were simply providing for the safety and security of the Colonies by using police powers to maintain good order and safety.
Even today, Americans tend to proclaim government oppression, but is it really? Or is it more, like the Revolutionary Patriots, a forward looking understanding that a failure today to limit government acts that are oppressive in nature will lead to further tyranny and abuse?
As we give thanks for our nations and our blessings, let us also consider how we can each help restore a spirit of virtuous citizenship in our country.
A few years back we read and discussed the George Orwell book, “1984,“ at the Book Guild. While it was certainly easier to accept the idea of an all-powerful government monitoring our every word, it was only later, with the Snowden revelations of PRISM and other domestic spying programs that caused us to re-evaluate the violations of the 4th Amendment, let alone to consider why exactly the government would see the need to “protect” us by spying on us.
As bad as the spying is – and let me say here that whether I think that Snowden is a hero or a criminal, I cannot un-know what I now know about what the government is and continues to do – perhaps even worse is the fact that governments which have long stood for freedom and individual rights, and even liberty, are more and more inserting themselves into our lives with what can best be described as “Thought Police.” More and more we are being told not only what TO think about tuff, but also HOW to think and wrong thinking/speaking is being attacked as viciously as any enemy you can name. Read the rest of this entry