Whither the Thin Blue Line?
In the entry, “Sermon of the Mounties?”, Richard P. gives a disturbing account of why and how police in many instances have stopped being primarily concerned about protecting the public and are now primarily concerned about protecting themselves. The entire downhill course of our society over the last 40 years is somehow captured in the transformation of police from protectors of the public to paramilitary SWAT teams. And how did it happen? It’s the familiar story. Liberalism released massive moral disorder and crime, and criminals became so dangerous that police were forced to transform themselves into paramilitary forces busting into houses without showing warrants. Another factor is the growth of the all-controlling state, with the police as its instrument. Waco and other terrible events of police overreaching come to mind. I’m thinking in particular of one of the most nakedly tyrannical and soulless acts ever committed by the U.S. government, the arrest of Elian Gonzalez, during Holy Week nine years ago. See my May 2000 article at Newsmax, “Liberal Fascism and Donato Daylrymple.”
So it’s not that the police are liberal wimps. It’s that, as a result of the loss of the moral coherence of society brought about by liberalism, police to a significant degree have withdrawn from a sense of a membership in and responsibility to society, and have become a specialized institution pursuing its own well being. .
I’m copying Richard’s comment here as well as in the earlier entry.Any comments about it will be posted here.
Richard P. writes:
The reason that police aren’t immediately engaging these evil people is because for much of the last two decades police departments have been operating under a new doctrine—force protection. Police departments once operated under the assumption that their first priority was protection of the public. That is no more. If you read interviews with police chiefs and management related to budgets or following any big incidents with mass shootings or unneccessary force you will hear mention their first priority as protecting the safety of their officers. This is part and parcel with the militarization trend we’ve seen in police forces nationwide.Richard P. continues:
Thanks. It was 19 years ago this month that I graduated as a police academy cadet. I then went to paramedic school and was hoping to work for a combined emergency service. (Didn’t happen—I worked strictly as a paramedic for most of the 1990’s before a career change).
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 08, 2009 04:59 PM | Send