The militarization of the local police and every nitwit bureaucracy is going to lead to more and more “accidents.” When you stop being a civil servant and perceive yourself as civil enforcer, violence will surely follow. Angelo Codevilla in a recent article notes the following:
Modern militarized government stems from the Progressive idea that society must mobilize as for war to achieve “the greater good.” Hence we have “wars” on everything from hunger and drugs and ignorance and global warming. Reality follows rhetoric. Since the health of “the environment” is a matter of life and death, the Environmental Protection Agency must deal with “enemies of the planet” with armored cars, machine guns, and home invasions. Apparently, even the Department of Education has SWAT teams.
How much longer before the refuse collection company mobilizes against those who fail to properly sort their recyclables? Don’t laugh, we have moved fully in the direction of the absurd and a violent absurdity it is. The author points out that not all enemies of the state are created equal.
The focus on “Homeland Security” has only added “terrorism” to our ruling class’ excuses for “going after” conservative Americans. And so, the Department of Homeland Security uses its intelligence “fusion centers” to compile ominously worded dossiers against such groups as “pro-lifers” and such “anti government activists” as “homeschoolers” and “gun owners.” The FBI infiltrates the Tea Parties as it once did the Communist Party. DHS conducts its “practice runs” against mockups of these groups. The IRS audits conservative groups.
Those who love freedom are despised by those who would rule. It’s always been true. It always will be. Thomas Paine would be sitting in Gitmo today along with Adams, and Jefferson.