Hey, it’s all the rage here in the country that supposedly has a Bill of
Rights Fuck You. And, the (anti-civilian-gun-ownership) International Association of Chiefs of Police will be meeting in Philadelphia next week with such benign companies such as AIG displaying their latest wares:
As the Philadelphia City Paper writes:
IAG spokesman Hetal Kara confirmed the vehicle would be making an appearance at the IACP, and said the Sentinel was designed for “police departments, Homeland Security or the Army”. A demonstration video shows the craft tooling around in the UAE, presumably trying to get as close to Middle Eastern battlefields as possible. What use a local police department might have for a vehicle whose primary selling points are its ability to withstand armor-piercing rounds and roadside mine blasts in the desert wasn’t totally clear.
But, you see, our national, state, and local governments aren’t content to control most of our lives; they want to own them. They want to intimidate us into prone submission and remove what few freedoms of life, thought, movement, we still possess. So, we can probably expect the fucking meter-maid to be rolling down Main Street in one of these in a few years.
UNLESS!!!!!!!!! Yeah, lots of exclamation points. Unless we, the peasants, refuse to pay for the expansion of government. We’ve already seen the garbage wimps of the Republican Party retreat with their tails between their legs, at the national level.
But, at the local level — where we get a chance to vote on the town budgets, expenditures, etc., — we could actually make a difference by simply (thank you, Nancy Reagan) saying, “No.”
We can swarm the select board meetings, the town meetings, the school board meetings — anything regarding a town or department budget — and refuse to approve it.
You think we need more cops? No we don’t as long as you allow us our natural right to self-protection. You think the school should give every kid an iPad? No, give them a mathematics book or a history book instead.
You think we need cameras on every street corner? No, we just need them in the room where our elected officials hold their not-open-to-the-public meetings.
You think we need new laws and ordinances? No, we just need to enforce the gazzilion ones we have already.
You think the citizens should trust you? — The town and city officials and police? — Nope; you first. You start trusting us and then, and only then, we might — might! — trust you if you earn it from us.
Jeff’s First Rule of Freedom: No town, city, state, or federal government is TOO SMALL.
Jeff’s Second Rule of Freedom: Your government job is to serve us. The reverse is not true.
Jeff’s Third Rule of Freedom: If you crave power, stick your dick in an electrical outlet. If you crave control, buy Imodium AD or a laxative — depending upon your situation.
Jeff’s Fourth Rule of Freedom: Natural rights trump governmental grants of rights.
Jeff’s Fifth Rule of Freedom: We the working people do not owe anything to the non-working people. We may, at our non-coerced discretion, help those in need. But, it is to be only at our discretion — not because of a redistribution scheme forced upon us by the government — that we do so.
Jeff’s Sixth Rule of Freedom: Anything (action, use, possession of) that doesn’t physically harm anyone else when not used criminally, is not to be prohibited. Mental complaints by perpetually professional victims are just that; mental, and are not valid.
Jeff’s Seventh Rule of Freedom: The Government does not decide how much of my earnings and possessions (such as savings) belong to them and others. Only I should be able to decide that. See rule Five.
I could come up with a bunch more, but I suspect that you all have ideas of your own regarding the Rules of Freedom.