Wait, isn’t that what they’re asking for?
This just gets touchier and more complex as the hours roll by. I feel like I’m watching a tennis match. I’m seriously gonna get a crick in my neck at this rate.
Martial law, simplified: when the government suspends ordinary law for the sake of keeping things orderly and peaceful during the kinds of extreme circumstances the government claims warrant their entirely reasonable reaction.
Look out. We’re gonna get martial law!
Sound familiar? From the constant grumbling about the Kenyan Seekrit Mooslim, for instance? Third term? Or maybe Jade Helm? Or any other pretense to claim something something false flag crisis actors?
Also consider the mixed narrative from them over time when, sometimes, cops do bad things.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Most cops are good.
Don’t make their lives more difficult.
Very important to protect the safety and feels of the police…
…but not of the public they police.
So now I’m obligated to say something awkward for the Other Side: Then there’s BLM, which leaves me with mixed feelings. I’ve got privilege issues, so I see a difference between King and the Selma-Montgomery march and a handful of people clasping hands across a road. And they sometimes bet on the wrong horse. And there’s absolutely a narrative, but we’re not supposed to notice. I notice, and I congratulate. That’s good message control. Mostly. Until someone not part of BLM does something under cover of BLM so BLM takes more unnecessary flak, even after all the facts come out, and that’s just BS, Other Side of this side.
Because that’s where the Other Side comes back in. Consider: someone brown with al- anything in their name over there blows up. Response? Blame all 1 billion Muslims and demand everyone of them grovel and disavow. Someone over here not part of BLM, or part of, but off message and off the rails, so not really part of, does something, and leap to the message that all BLM are bad and it’s bullshit, so all BLM must grovel and disavow (and basically stop being so uppity).
But, by all means, when criticizing BLM, be sure to not look at actual facts. Go with what you’re told they are by people whose job it is to know things for you. Your job is just to believe what you’re told.
And we’re told about all the white people and Native American people the cops kill, as though that makes the other problem go away. There’s no outrage at all those extra bodies. They’re accepted. Because police as an institution deserve our unwavering faith. But we’ll be told that #AllLivesMatter in the same breath we’re told those deaths don’t count somehow, because reasons.
On the other hand, a cop uses a banned choke hold, or shoots an unarmed kid, or a family dog, and it was the wrong house, and the wrong family, and the wrong dog, or tosses a flashbang into a crib, because oops it was the wrong house and the wrong family and the wrong crib and WTF is wrong with people anyway and…nope. Not allowed to expect all police to be a little friggin’ apologetic or disavow the bad guys when they come up, and they DO come up, and the 100% police apologist side knows and sees this because they are not blind or stupid.
Maybe those who fit that description can see why many on the Other Side don’t take them seriously, as coming to this issue in good faith?
And I see patterns. Relationships. Correlations. And I know that correlation isn’t causation.
And I see a correlation (mostly) between unquestioned, ardent support for police and, generally speaking, folks of conservative values. Which can be ironic when they often come to this position without being generally…conservative. There’s no cautious weighing of arguments. Just rally ’round the flagpole! The same otherwise sane conservatives who warn us about martial law and the primary importance of the Second Amendment as the guarantee of all those other rights, including First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights, except for the fact they’re all too happy to waive those and to cheer those who dispense with the need for those other troublesome rights so very glibly because it’s the wrong people trying to exercise them, you see.
And I see the cops who are to protect the GOP convention in Cleveland ask for…
…the suspension of civil law. An abridgment of Second Amendment rights. The cops you’re defending are asking the state to temporarily disarm the citizenry. You know, impose a little pocket of martial law.
Ain’t nothin’ black or white here. It’s all screwed up. It’s all complicated. There are no predictable scripts other than power resisting the demand to yield power, as it ever has. The radical right has been against that resistance. The radical left has been against that resistance.
And they have us all quibbling over hashtags and semantics. They have us all at odds with each other to the point where it’s a friggin’ miracle to have civilized discussion without us all assuming from the git-go that the other person must necessarily be an out and out idiot, so there’s no need to even be intellectually honest about anything, much less, come to the table in good faith.
Rah rah, sizz boom bah! No persuasion. Might is right!
Enjoy that little pocket of GOP martial law if they can get it. Or will you find a way to blame Obama for the cop’s request?