Image Control

Posted in Politics, Society on September 15th, 2014

I can understand the Liberals’ and Progressives’ panic over “Militarized Police.” As these Leftists have always been against the police and are equally always more attached to image than substance, their doomsaying and strident complaints about law enforcement being well-equipped to handle rioting, looting, gangs, and other serious threat is consistent with the Liberals’ and Progressives’ normal behavior.

Some so-called Militarized Police
So-Called Militarized Police

What I have a harder time understanding is that Americans seems to be exhibiting the same reactions to well-armed and well-armored police units as the Liberals and Progressives are. This strikes me as odd because, much like the Liberals’ and Progressives’ gun control agenda, this is issue all about image control and nothing about substance. Normally Americans are better than that.

“Assault Weapon” and “Militarized Police” Are the Same Fiction

The terms “Assault Weapon” and “Militarized Police” are the same sort of fiction and manufactured concern. In both cases it is a phobia based upon something looking scary or dangerous without regard to whether it is more so or less than other exemplars of its kind. Also, both fears are predicated upon the delusion that having certain equipment causes one to behave in certain manners.

I really thought that Americans were better than that.

That was Then, This is Now

The simple truth of the matter, despite all the hype created and promulgated to the contrary, is that local and state law enforcement departments are less heavily armed than they were in past decades and that there are far, far, far fewer casualties during riots and (un)civil protests than there were in days gone by.

The “Non-Militarized Police” Of The Past

Sure, modern police tactical and riot response units look “scary” but their actual armaments are far less “militarized” than their predecessors’ were. From the 1920s through the early 1970s it was common for local and state law enforcement departments to have at their disposal Thompson submachine guns.

So, in America’s past our police forces were armed with fully automatic weapons, whereas now they armed with semi-automatic weapons. What they have now that they didn’t have in the past are: tactically practical uniforms, top flight body armor, and trained, specialized units to respond to more intense levels of threat. That is what “militarization” actually is – increasing the survivability of police officers in more intense and dangerous threat situations.

This may be a large part why there are far fewer fatalities resulting from riots, (un)civil protests, and any of the variations of gang-related police operations now than there were in the past.

As I said, I can understand the Liberals’ and Progressives’ panic over “Militarized Police” but I cannot understand why that same sentiment is so prevalent among Americans.

A Grave Threat

Posted in 2014 Election, Politics on September 14th, 2014

Despite the pressures of vacations, golfing, and attending fundraisers – the things that Obama should be kept at – the boy does find or make the time to address or, at least, speak about the grave threats that exist out there in the world.

A Grave Threat...to Obama and the Democrats
Obama Wants To Address A Grave Threat

Of course, to Obama the grave threats are those which are threats to his ego and his legacy, which is indeed in grave peril when even Michael Moore has declared that the boy will only be remembered for being the First Black POTUS.

When the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: He was the first black president. OK, not a bad accomplishment, but that’s it. That’s it, Mr. Obama. 100 years from now: ‘He was the first black American that got elected president.’ And that’s it. Eight years of your life and that’s what people are going to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, knowing you, that — you’d probably wish you were remembered for a few other things, a few other things you could’ve done. So, it is, on that level, a big disappointment.

– Michael Moore

The Obama’s handlers and overseers, of course, see this as a threat to the birth of the nation that they want to replace America with. Their token’s plummeting popularity bodes ill for their hopes and dreams.

The Congressional Democrats know and understand this threat as well. Their livelihoods are on the line with the 2014 midterm elections being right around the corner and their having, by and large, having sided and voted in lockstep with Obama. Hence, we can expect a lot of defections among their ranks and equally many claims that they’re now against Obama’s destructive policies and/or the boy’s at least equally destructive lack of policies.

Democrats Run Against Obama's Policies
Many Democrats See This Threat As Well

Our job as Americans is to not allow these Democrats to distance themselves from Obama and evade the just consequences of their allegiances and actions. In this case, they should not be allowed to choose between hanging separately or together; we need to make sure that each and everyone one them hang.

Television vs. Reality

Posted in Humor, Politics on September 13th, 2014

Mayberry vs. Dingleberry
Television vs. Reality aka Mayberry vs. Dingleberry

The truly sad part is that the dingleberry which is leaving skid marks all over the White House and America at large wouldn’t even be funny on a television show.