Posted: August 3rd, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
The concepts of military service and public police service are worlds apart, for good reason. Today in America, we are currently witnessing the culmination of a decades-long trend that has introduced the language, weapons, and tactics of the overseas battlefield onto the streets of America.
The planned coordination between military forces abroad and public forces at home further threatens to subvert the very social fabric upon which America was built, resulting in a betrayal of The U.S. Constitution and the American people.
The Military Machine
The military is designed to be a last-resort option when all diplomacy has failed. Military personnel and munitions should be deployed with a heavy heart, because it is understood that the military task is one of enemy annihilation. The weapons used by the military are developed to “shock and awe” on every level. Pyschological warfare and espionage is often employed first to soften up the enemy before unleashing an array of high-tech weapons that range from pain compliance on the street level, to bombs rained from above.
The typical military serviceman is a brave soul who has trained physically and mentally to perform under the constant stress of battlefield conditions. However, this stress-training, much like any of the martial arts, can result in a non-questioning live weapon who must kill or be killed when placed in a threatening situation.
Additionally, their prison guard-like dutiespromote attending to their stated enemies as hostile, criminal, and subversive. The population of the enemy country are calledcivilians, as they are not afforded any legal protection that might be owed to citizens,and any deaths can be written off as “collateral damage.”
Thus, military training inculcates values of aggression, intimidation, and the use of excessive force if it means self-preservation in a world where might is right, so long as it means Mission Accomplished.
Domestic Peacekeeping and The Constitution
Police, on the other hand, are in service to the domestic population and the U.S. Constitution. They swear an oath to the local community, and are paid by citizens to be experts in well-considered evaluation and the peaceful resolution of conflict. Their duties comprise those of humility: patrolling a neighborhood to ensure restfulness; rescuing a cat caught in a tree; removing a threat when there is a plea for help.
The Constitution specifies their unique role in tending to issues within the nation’s borders in the 9th and 10th Amendments, by prohibiting Federal intervention in domestic law enforcement duties. However, through legislation and national emergency directives, the protection against a Federal usurpation of power has been all but erased. In fact, the Federal government has never had more power than it does today to bring the military into the daily lives of its citizens.
Where are we today?
I have spoken to retired police officers who remember a world where it was considered a failure to draw a weapon unless under direct attack. Even if such an action was required, the result was nightmare inducing. Today’s police seem to have lost such empathy. Police are rarely a welcome site these days, as they are often black-clad, brandishing military gear and weapons, and applying military force over such non-violent infractions as traffic stops. Police are being equipped and trained as if they are an occupying force, and the results have been predictably disastrous.