Smokey, the Commando

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.

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Life in a Soft Tyranny

This is how it looks:

The United States has 5 percent of the world’s people, 25 percent of its incarcerated people, and half of its trained lawyers (who now take about 10 percent of the GDP); the legal system is an embarrassment, and the criminal-justice system is a disgrace, in which prosecutors win 99.5 percent of their cases, 97 percent of them without a trial. The legislators of the country are ultimately responsible for this corruption of what the Constitution and Bill of Rights set up as a just and merciful Society of Laws. The terminal cancer of legal paralysis spreads every week of every year. Unctuous platitudes from the era when Norman Rockwell painted the country, our grandmothers set out the Corn Flakes and the apple pie, and Hollywood was pro-American won’t cut it now, even if the United States even back then was a much more complicated country than it thought it was.

You find stories like these regularly where the bureaucrats are too lazy to exercise any judgment whatsoever driving people into despair and death. The evil can be libertines or law and order absolutists.  What they never are is loving and judicious.

A week after he was arrested for running naked across the Sparkman High School football field during a September 27 game in a streaking gag, and just one day after school officials threatened criminal charges against him that could have resulted in an adult prosecution and conviction requiring lifelong registration as a sex offender, 15-year-old Christian Adamek from Huntsville, Alabama, hanged himself. He died from his injuries two days later.

Update:  Read this story, incredible.

A Drill Bit Boring Into Your Entire Life

Let the abuse begin. This is without a doubt going to be an epic failure.

As it turns out, as the Washington Post reported last week, ”the federal government is paying Equifax to collect annual income information on consumers so they have another resource to check people’s eligibility for subsidies.” So it appears they are also using the information from credit reports to verify the identity of site users. Are they collecting credit information on all Americans or only those who try to buy health insurance through the federal exchanges? And on which page — of the 20,000 pages of federal Obamacare regulations — do we find that directive?