that Messiah is coming
and when he comes,
he will explain everything to us
~ John 4
Abolish the Department of Homeland Security
The Ominous Growth of Paramilitarism
in American Police DepartmentsIn the Year of iDecline, Twenty Eleventy...
Now, if only I could harness the power of Orwell spinning in his grave to fire up my Tesla coil the Bongatorium would be complete...
Soldiers, by contrast, are trained to identify people they encounter as belonging to one of two groups -- the enemy and the non-enemy -- and they often reach this decision while surrounded by a population that considers the soldier an occupying force. Once this identification is made, a soldier's mission is stark and simple: kill the enemy, "try" not to kill the non-enemy.
Indeed, the Soldier's Creed declares, "I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat." This is a far cry from the peace officer's creed that expects its adherents "to protect and serve."
Notwithstanding this concern, however, Americans should remain mindful bringing military-style training to domestic law enforcement has real consequences. When police officers are dressed like soldiers, armed like soldiers, and trained like soldiers, it's not surprising that they are beginning to act like soldiers.
And remember: a soldier's main objective is to kill the enemy.