If we make ourselves sheep...
...the wolves will eat us!
Think you know your stuff about The Constitution?  Click to find out!
Ever wonder what your paycheck was worth back in 1970? Or 1790? Click here to find out!

Site Links

• Home Page
• The Foundations
     of Americanism

• Historic Document

     • The Declaration of

     • The U.S. Constitution
     • The Bill of Rights
     • The Amendments
• Supreme Court Cases
• Today In History
Article Archives --
     • Editorials
     • Opinion
     • In-Depth
     • Headlines
     • Court Challenges

• About Us

Site Search

     Search Tips

Read or Post Mail
by Topic

Opinion & Analysis

Ryan T. Anderson
Michael Barone
Brent Bozell
Pat Buchanan
Tucker Carlson
Mona Charen
Adriana Cohen
Ann Coulter
Veronique de Rugy
Diane Dimond
Erick Erickson
Jonah Goldberg
John C. Goodman
Tim Graham
Victor Davis Hanson
Froma Harrop
David Harsanyi
Mollie Hemingway
Laura Hollis
Jeff Jacoby
Kay C. James
Rich Lowry
Heather Mac Donald
Michelle Malkin
Mychal Massie
Betsy McCaughey
Stephen Moore
William Murchison
Andrew P. Napolitano
Peggy Noonan
Kathleen Parker
Dennis Prager
Scott Rasmussen
Damon Root
Debra J. Saunders
Ben Shapiro
Mark Shields
Thomas Sowell
John Stossel
Jacob Sullum
Cal Thomas
Hans von Spakovsky
George Will
Walter Williams
Byron York

Visitor Mail Center
Know Your Stuff?

Fact lists about ...
U.S. Presidents
States & Territories
States Ranked
U.S. Chief Justices
U.S. Wars & Conflicts
Fed'l Debt & Spending
116th Congress

Flash Stats on ...
The Supreme Court
Tax Freedom Day

Take our
Americana Quiz

Article Comments ...
Cops or Soldiers?

There is 1 comment in this Thread
View the Relevant Article
Search on this Topic

3/24/2014 -  PKT, Los Angeles, CA writes ...
Cops or Soldiers?
      Post to Main Thread   Reply to PKT

Having spent many hours riding with police I know firsthand they routinely develop a them vs. us mentality. It comes with the job and cops tend to hang out with cops thus further insulating themselves. Add to this already existing mentality the new weapons, military gear and increased militarization of police and you have a formula for tragedies waiting to happen.

Some police officers also tend to be petty having a general disdain for the public. I remember one personal instance where parking on my street wasn't allowed between noon and 2 p.m. for street cleaning. It was 1:45 the street cleaner had long finished its task and I had to dash into my house to grab some papers. A police car was parked in front so I stopped to talk to the cop, explained what I was going to do, pointed out the street cleaner had passed and I would only be parking for about he minute. He glared at me and almost snarled saying if I parked he would ticket me and if I didn't get back in my car and leave he would do so anyway. That's an extreme case but not an aberration.

The point is cops walk a delicate line between being wary for their own safety but also being servants of the public. The increased military attitude I fear is shifting too many police onto the wrong side of the line. This isn't a political issue where liberals and conservatives should disagree but just a common sense issue of what we want and expect from our police.

[Editors' Note:  We suspect that only the most gung-ho neo-cons (and Stalinist liberals) would disagree on this issue. Liberals and plain ol' conservatives should agree that militarizing the cops -- even aside from the essence of Posse Comitatus -- just invites abuse, lends a sense of above-the-law, and just sends a message to the public that they should abandon what they thought they believed about America.

Always nice to find common ground.]

* * End of the Trail * *

Like to blaze a new Trail?
Punch this link  to offer a new thread with your submission.

Copyright © 1999-2022 Common Sense Americanism - All rights reserved
Localizations by DB-IP
Privacy Policy   Submitting Articles   Site Guide & Info
Home Page