“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
Publisher’s Note: The Canadian War Memorial and Parliament were attacked by gunmen this morning and ample evidence of the evolution of the police state in the north was on display as cops in full military regalia stomped about. No matter the cause, the usual suspects in the warden’s office known as government will further erode if not exterminate the gun rights of the Helots in Canada. Standby for news.
A number of readers have written to quibble on the notion of Civil War and I do think the USSA has been waging a “soft” CW since 1791 with the ratification of the primary plantation Convenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) in the Constitution. My observations here are a scratch speculation on the “hard” CW to come authored not by conspiracy but government malevolence and incompetence.
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Eric Frein may be the latest installment of a tradition in the American story of outlaws like Eric Rudolph, Troy James Knapp, Jason McVean, and Robert William Fisher, who were able to elude government and its police for years in rural and urban environments. No one is calling them heroes for their misdeeds or misadventures simply Exhibit A of why the over-funded police in America tend to be a lethal clown posse in rural America. “Popcorn” Sutton provides a memorable vignette on how to make the rural trade prosper. I will leave to others to assess what the mindset of Frein may be and the various theories about why he did what he did. I suspect that Frein may be part of a growing subculture in America that despises and loathes the state of American policing today. This small subculture is not comprised of criminals per se but folks who are simply tired of living in the emerging Stasi state that is the USA.
The PSP has issued a shoot on sight now on a suspect for whom the whole story has yet to be revealed; much like the Dorner episode, innocent until proven guilt is quaint but no longer applicable. Think about that: the authorities admit the suspect will not be taken alive. The future effect of this will incentivize the “nothing to lose” proposition that American copdom is unprepared to face. Solzhenitsyn provides more instruction here that the American police state will ignore at its peril.“You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.”
Is Frein a cold-blooded killer or murderous thug? Who knows and the way the system works, we may never find out. Very few people die by the rifle in America which makes this stand out but I suspect that statistic will increase in frequency instead of decrease in the future. The rifle tends to be a tool of insurrection and not mere crime.
The American police state has always been a savage enterprise enforcing unpopular or simply bad laws for decades. Try Woodrow Wilson’s infamous American Protective League on for size for a dollop of where this madness descends from. Whether the nasty business of alcohol prohibition in the early twentieth century or the other drug prohibition campaigns that succeeded it to grow the size of government, uniformed cops in all 19,000 department today from the local to the Federal level have created a formidable gulag state nicely accelerated by the strike on New York and DC in 2001.
While I think the numbers of civilians, especially innocents, murdered by the police in America is far greater than the official numbers, there is no government database (surprise!) that collates all the incidents. Those numbers are at least four times the purported 500 per annum killed since 9/11. I suspect one reason this is not done is the sheer number of corpses piled up yearly by the cops would cause a revolution that would find many lamp posts straining under the weight of hanged policeman in local burgs much like the collaborators in Vichy France after the country was liberated from the Nazi police state.
Like Frein, Dorner in California demonstrated for all to see that one determined man gunning for the cops can paralyze an entire state’s law enforcement apparatus and have them running for cover. Two incidents after the during the Dorner caper come to mind to show just how ill-advised and frightened the constabulary were of tackling an armed suspect who knew what he was about. In the case of the Dorner fiasco, the frightened police opened fire on a man driving to surf and two women delivering newspapers.
Much like the strike by al Qaeda on 9/11 in 2001, these events intentionally or accidentally set into train a cavalcade of unintended consequences and self-immolation on the part of the state. The US has formally driven itself into bankruptcy since 9/11 and the police state has helped to apply the gas to the process.