Law enforcement vs the people?
Who are cops and what their jobs and who are the people and what are the limitations of both? I believe that a lesson in history will clarify the proper relationship between the people and law enforcement.
Law enforcement, to my knowledge, is an unconstitutional creation that has it has been created by the eventual usurpation of the original position of peace officers that continually are continually being redefined, by government expanding their power over the people. Constitutionally and historically, the power has always been in the people as the inherent power and “authority” where the people were the masters and government was their servant. What changed, why and how? Was this change lawful?
The basic difference is that the original position of the peace officer was the position that was created to be available when summoned, when someone was violated, to keep the peace. Peace officers were known by name, they were liked and appreciated in their neighborhoods and known for good deeds outside of their limitations, cats in trees was a good example. Today, officers are increasingly becoming more and more militarized their clothing, their cars and their demeanor where now instead of keeping the peace, as a servant of the people, law enforcement demands obedience and complete submission to every law created regardless of whether the law is actually within the constitutional limitations to the point of arrest. The people however, as the inherent authority, created the positions of peace officers to keep the peace to insure they were free to move about according to their dictates without question UNLESS THEY ARE SUSPECTED OF COMMITTING A CRIME OR HAVE COMMITTED A CRIME, at which point they may be questioned. This is where the problem lays.
What happened to the peace officers? Were they lawfully abandoned without the will of the people or have they been incrementally transformed in an effort for government to take control over the people? Was it intentional to subvert the original lawful position or was it through ignorance? Was it that people were taught to give up their freedom for security that, by default gave government power over its people without limitations?
America today is lost, it has no understanding of freedom, liberty, the proper role of government, the church or the family and the only answer we have is to reactively create laws thinking somehow they will minimize crime? Law was never intended to prevent crime; it was created to punish those that commit them.
What constitutes a crime? Who defined its terms, government? Has the ability to do so just put the fate of the freedom of the people in the hands of government?
This nation was created as a nation that was an experiment in self-government. Is the incremental increase in the size and power of government consistent with a free people or do you see that the eventual encroachment could lead to some form of totalitarianism? What does history say about that?
We have an acknowledgment in every state’s constitution that God as the giver of our rights, we have the same on our federal documents as well, in that our rights in our present form of government were unalienable, that no man can take them away or obstruct them, this was the cornerstone of freedom granted by our Creator and guaranteed by our constitutions that limited government to few, specific and enumerated powers and that governments were to take an oath of understanding of those limitations and that if government exceeded these limitations, they were unlawful, and somehow today, they can tell the people we break the law and somehow they are immune from this challenge?
Our Founders knew that our freedom and liberty could only be preserved if the people remained vigilant and educated future generations about these principles and they would be lost, in one generation if we didn’t. Since then we have allowed government to tell us that there is no longer a place for God, indicating essentially that your rights are no longer unalienable but only in accordance with how they are defined by government and no one sees a problem that government in that one instance undermined the entire foundation of our government with one swipe? The assaults on our liberties will continue as long as these principles are no longer taught in school, where instead of governments desire to protect and preserve our rights for future generations, they instead have taken control of them enslaving these generations that are taught such contrary principles.
To make my point as it relates to this issue, we have a real problem and one that will continue to get worse without any effort to open communication, people will begin to get hurt and die if this issue is not brought to the table.
How can the people that understand the law, their rights and the principles of liberty, that believe in personal responsibility exercise our rights but also reach out to law enforcement in a way that they may not see us as the enemy? We need to find a way, we are supposed to be on the same side and no one questions how we got to be against each other?
The bottom line is this, the people have Unalienable rights that no man or government can take away, they are guaranteed by a sworn oath to be protected by those that are paid to serve us. There is never a need to apprehend or command or detain anyone that is not guilty of the commission of a crime or suspected of such, especially without probable cause (Petty infractions are not lawfully probable cause). With this understanding, the people are free to exercise their freedom, to travel as they will, to speak and to stand and to record and to do whatever it is they do as long as they have not harmed another. The very idea that we have allowed government to utilize pre-crime tactics such as, ”how did I know he didn’t have a gun or was out to kill me” is outside the proper jurisdictional boundaries of their job and if allowed to be an acceptable practice, leaves the barn door open for law enforcement to act without any limitations without any accountability, of which principles are also contrary to a free people!
In closing, I have tremendous respect for law enforcement and my last wish is to create a divide between us but they must, as they demand from us, act in accordance with the law. Respect should be a two way street and a clear understanding of the limitations of the people through basic common sense and the limitations on government according to the sworn oath to understand them is what equates to a peaceful society.
There is no reason to question, suspend or detain a man for simply exercising his rights, until such time as he has caused harm to another. That is American law, that is freedom and that is what our founders original intent was for a nation of free people.
If you have read this and you know people in law enforcement, please share it with them. If you are in law enforcement, please consider meeting or communicating with me to prove what I have stated is inaccurate. I am a man that has opinions, no doubt, but my desire is not to espouse my opinions as much as it is to share then in accordance with law and fact.
My desire is to open communication with my officers, not to tear them down. They have a hell of a job that I wouldn’t do today, if you paid me, its just flat nuts out there!
Officers, we need your help, we need to open communication to prevent this divisiveness and misunderstanding from getting worse because if we do nothing, I assure you it will that again is not my wish desire or intent!