Had the police brutality protests focused on what we all watched on the video of a bad cop killing a civilian, all of America would be on board for meaningful changes and justice.
Saul Alinsky would be proud of what we are all witnessing on the streets of America today. His Rules for Radicals tactics are being carried out flawlessly.
The question remains as to whether or not this movement will cannibalize itself, or simply fade with past social change movements.
The reason is simple, the selfishness of the organizers, and leaders within these social groups which focuses on the abuse of power solely from the perspective of one demographic, generally at the expense of the mass majority of everyone else.
An example would be the difference in treatment from both the government and the media towards lockdown, and police brutality protesters who are both protesting abuse of power.
Had the police brutality protests focused on what we saw on the video of a bad cop killing a civilian, all of America would be on board for meaningful changes and justice.
Instead, this movement’s leadership chose to focus on race alone, where there was no real indication it was even about race—in fact, few are discussing the possibility that the two men knew one another and that something more personal was unfolding on film. Of course, this does not excuse what was done by any of the officers involved, and they will likely pay for their crimes.
But unless, these leaders are willing to acknowledge and condemn the killing of people like David Dorn, and other crimes committed on the streets against other innocent people and places, then their movement will correctly be viewed as utter hypocrisy–and they will ultimately fail the people they claim to lead.
The focus for social change as it relates to policing needs to be inclusive, and its focus on restoring individual liberty—this means we place no greater value on any single life over another, and we treat one another with respect and dignity.
These protests also must translate into meaningful change, which does not include the ridiculous idea of ending, or “defunding” the police completely. If anything, officers need more pay to properly compensate for the danger of their services, and to resist temptations of corruption.
If we abandon those who protect us for political reasons, or due to fear of mob retaliation, then we have no police and no protection–what sort of people would even want that job?
The vast majority who serve are law-abiding, they have families and they reside in your community and deserve your admiration as they received throughout the pandemic. There are problems and systemic injustices to be sure, but we require meaningful changes through thoughtful deliberation, not through thoughtless, reactionary fear.
Here are some meaningful changes which most Americans have suffered and could agree upon;
- Stop overwriting laws-congress and municipalities must put their lawmaking pens down and adhere to generally written laws that are constitutionally consistent.
- Ending Civil-Asset forfeiture
- Ending No-Knock searches
- Ending the failed drug war
- Ending “Stop and Frisk”
- Ending mandatory minimums
- Demilitarizing the police
- Ending speed traps
- Eliminating red-light or speed cameras, and mailed tickets
- Stop using peace-officers as revenue generators for the municipalities and the state
- Ending police entrapment tactics
- Eliminate excessive taxation
- Reinstate teaching basic civics in school
- Teaching financial literacy in school
- Ending fiat currency
- Reestablishing the proper role of our County Sheriffs as a line of defense from rogue municipal, state and federal law enforcement agents
- Apply an equal application of the law
There is some culpability with police unions who shield bad cops. Rather than suing police, winning a case, and the compensation coming out of the city, perhaps if it came from pension funds, police would police themselves more.
Federal legislation tucked away in a drawer, then pulled out in a reactionary manner and passed in the dark of night with little deliberation is not an answer.
Detroit has a great model to follow, more “community officers” called, Neighborhood Patrol Officers (NPO’s) over the past 8-10 years has helped reduce violence in our city and helped to build a better relationship between officers and the community.
It’s not too late to redirect this moment in our nation’s history into something truly revolutionary– but it must incentivize every American and the way to achieve that is to stop overplaying the race card and defend the liberty of each and every one of us without compromise–and to impress upon people some personal responsibility.
Republican Candidate for Congress
Michigan’s 13th District