Declaration of Independence cites uncheck police energy as justification for revolution.
On this July 22, 2005, photograph, German staff Gerhard Buchar, proper, and Winfried Hagenau, left, together with Nationwide Park Service worker, Darin Oestman, use strain washers to scrub across the face of Thomas Jefferson at Mount Rushmore Nationwide Memorial in South Dakota.
“He has affected to render the Navy unbiased of and superior to the Civil energy.”
The majority of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration is much less a philosophical assertion than an indictment — costs and specs — alleging intimately “a historical past of repeated accidents and usurpations” that justified the unprecedented act of the 13 colonies discovering the British Crown unworthy of their allegiance.
You keep in mind. All that stuff about taxation with out illustration.
However a whole lot of the indictment of the Crown was the 18th century model of Defund the Police. Antifa in powdered wigs.
The rebels have been sad, as famous above, that the Brits had given their generals in America the ability to behave with none deference to colonial governors, assemblies or courts. The listing of offenses additionally included the truth that the British maintained a standing military within the colonies in peacetime and that troopers in that military have been shielded from prosecution “for any Murders which they need to commit on the Inhabitants of those States.”
The British view of all that, whereas by no means expressed so eloquently, was that Parliament and the Crown had spent a great deal of blood and treasure defending the colonies from the French, in addition to from Native American nations who by some means by no means took kindly to having their very own lands and societies usurped with out their consent.
Seen from London, the American Revolution was the act of a bunch of ingrates and malcontents who didn’t perceive the clear want for a military to maintain the peace and shield the colonists from violence and invasion. And who weren’t keen to pay the taxes essential to keep up the forces that have been there for the People’ personal good.
The unhealthy emotions proceed to at the present time.
Tomorrow, Monday fifth, is Apron Strings Day in Britain,
after we rejoice that we lastly reduce ties with our clingy American cousins, who demanded army safety with out being ready to assist pay for it
America then proclaimed itself the World’s first democracy….
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) July 4, 2021
On his Twitter feed, British comedy icon (and Utah Jazz fan) John Cleese described July 5 as “Apron Strings Day in Britain, after we rejoice that we lastly reduce ties with our clingy American cousins, who demanded army safety with out being ready to assist pay for it. America then proclaimed itself the World’s first democracy … although England held its first Parliament in 1265, and doggedly refused thereafter to gerrymander, to introduce the filibuster, [or] to problem reliable elections.”
Now, some People are chafing on the obvious capacity of the standing military of law enforcement officials, officers who proceed to be forgiven “for any Murders which they need to commit.” Whereas the Tories amongst us appear to argue that something aside from an unquestioning deference to just about all police actions can solely lead to chaos, anarchy and ranges of road violence that may encourage the subsequent movie in “The Purge” franchise.
Among the many extra grotesque examples of police violence domestically, which we find out about because of the indefatigable efforts of Salt Lake Tribune reporters to pry free police video of the incident, is the second when a DUI suspect, already in custody and in handcuffs, was shot and killed by a West Valley City police officer who took the time to say, “You’re about to die, my pal,” earlier than pulling the set off.
The person who died was agitated and combative, and officers appeared to suppose he was making an attempt to tug a gun out of 1 officer’s belt. (The gun by no means left its holster.) However the man seems to have posed a menace solely as a result of officers appeared content material to disregard his clear struggling and never heed what, on reflection, was the sufferer’s completely cheap demand that he be taken for psychological well being providers.
The matter has been below investigation by the Salt Lake County District Lawyer’s Workplace for nearly two years. It doesn’t matter what winds up taking place, that’s two years greater than any civilian can be allowed to stroll round like nothing had occurred after killing somebody on video. And that’s two years of a transparent sign that law enforcement officials don’t implement the regulation a lot as stand above it.
A much less deadly instance of how right this moment’s males in blue can typically appear extra just like the Redcoats is the absurd utility of Utah’s hate crimes regulation to the case of a 19-year-old California lady, arrested in Panguitch for allegedly wadding up a “Again the Blue” signal and “smirking in an intimidating manner” towards a police officer.
That, just like the short-lived try and add a life-sentence gang enhancement to costs towards individuals who protested one other police capturing by spreading gallons of crimson paint across the Salt Lake County D.A.’s workplace, offers nothing however the impression that some in positions of authority in Utah suppose that it’s, or needs to be, a critical crime to query or protest the actions of law enforcement officials.
It’s not that particular person law enforcement officials accused of wrongdoing don’t deserve the identical vigorous protection that everybody else is entitled to. The sort of protection that made the title of a younger John Adams when he was counsel for the troopers accused of perpetrating the Boston Massacre in 1770.
It’s simply that we should always remember that the police work for us, not us for them, and we have now each proper to set excessive requirements for many who are sworn to implement our legal guidelines and maintain them to these requirements.
George Pyle, opinion editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, was happy to learn that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was ready to uphold the civil energy, quite than maintain himself above it, in getting ready to place down the anticipated coup of Jan. 6.