Well friends, the title of this article is the working title of my next book publication. It’s already in the works and is coming along. I’ve been greatly inspired to dive more deeply into the realm of police power in America and therefore plan to give you an actual book detailing how the American police force, the Constitution, liberty and arbitrary power all meld.
I’ve discovered over time, and through research, that the education and the mindset of our police is of upmost importance. Why? Because, fundamentally, all oppressive regimes rely exclusively on the obedience and deference of their law enforcement/military to make and keep their regime a reality.
Think about it. What oppressive regime (I’m intentionally being vague here because oppressive regimes have come in all shapes and sizes. Oppression and tyranny is not exclusive to Germany or Russia) in history has ever successfully controlled their people without a force of agents, officers, or informers to give arms and hands to those in power? Truly consider this. How well would Stalin’s regime have functioned without his infamous KGB officers to make his idea a reality? How could any English King have beheaded his wives without people to follow orders and do it? How well would the Spanish Inquisition have worked without an army of “officers” to round up any and all dissidents? What of Rome? Germany? China? Cambodia? France? The many South American dictators who have come and gone? The point is, ALL oppressive regimes relied on someone to do the dirty work of the regime in charge.
Consider the reverse? What oppressive regime could function with a body of law enforcement officers set on protecting the people from that very government? What does a leader, bent on destroying liberty, do, when those he relies on to make his power reality are bent on protecting liberty?
This, my friends, is why the founders of this nation, trembled at the thought of a standing army and refused to even give a single thought to the idea that the federal government should have the power of the police under their control. Police and law enforcement were left in the hands of the local municipalities, counties and states—with reason. It’s much harder to use these law enforcement agents as oppressors if they are all subject to different heads of power. Furthermore, ambition is made to counteract ambition by giving every state, municipality and county the incentive to fight for their own power in their own realms.
AND on top of this, the founders made SURE that all government officials swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution before anything else. Why? Because those in power must realize from the moment they take office, that they are not the final source of authority, the Constitution is. Now, they must fight defend the people from themselves by fighting to maintain the authority and integrity of the one document that protects the people from themselves.
The role of law enforcement has SUCH a critical role in this nation and the mindset of those in law enforcement will truly make or break liberty.
Consider this. If law enforcement officers in America, collectively, thirsted for power, hated liberty and wanted to abuse, what would happen? Well, likely many of them could do just that to a certain extent… but, ultimately, if they went too far, the citizenry could appeal to the higher levels of government to step in and protect them from these unconstitutional and unlawful officers. Now imagine the reverse. What happens when the higher levels of government are, collectively, thirsting for power, hating liberty and abusing the people? Who stops them? What stops them? There’s no where else to go if we appeal to the Constitution and government refuses to listen.
At this point, there are two scenarios.
One: the police are already on board with this mindset and philosophy to begin with and now they just got let off their leash.
Two: the police are full of liberty loving, Constitution reverencing officers, set on protecting the citizenry from such a government and suddenly this unhinged government has hit its greatest roadblock.
With this upcoming book, I hope to carefully unravel for you the intricacies of this critical, and hitherto overlooked, arm of government.
The Liberty Belle