By Chris Bunch
Author at FMM
Two culprits stand out as prime suspects for who has diluted the police force today. The first would be power, the government can gain revenue, political power and "government minding" via the police; Second would be ourselves, too afraid to even throw the word privatization around because in most minds it means "chaos." That these problems are infinite and out of our control. Here's where we can tear those thoughts down and reshape the way we think of public service.
It's an all too familiar story, an innocent person is shot because a police officer felt threatened.In 2017 alone 594 people in the USA have been killed by police officers; 242 white, 131 black and the others were unknown. Of course I am not excluding those who have committed a crime and may have actually threatened the officers life, however, on the same token the amount of police officers harmed or killed in the line of duty is steadily decreasing year by year just as fast as the number of those being killed by police increases. So what gives? Why does the public enemy now seem to be the ones who are sworn to protect us. The problem lies with what big government can do to influence your life and your choices without looking like the direct culprit. The police force is their solution. From Jeff Sessions threatening you when you light up a joint, to Justin Trudeau trying to lock you up for misgendering someone. The police is used as a scapegoat and a fearful weapon not only to advance their ideology but also to bolster their paycheck as well.
How do you attain something when nobody wants to give it up? Force. So naturally when the government needs a payday and nobody will pony up who do they go to? Their armed soldiers ready to tell you what you can and can't do no matter how ridiculous the law may be . A pseudo "road pirate" that is out to write you a notice to give the government money or else. Before you start angrily typing away at the comments allow me to explain. Too many people are quick to judge. some say that police hate black people and are organized to take down and kick the black race. Others say that the police can do no wrong and that our "boys in blue are doing the best they can." These notions can be valid in their own sense but differ from the broader task at hand. Please step away from these preconceived and tightly held thoughts and see the police as a puppet with me just for a moment. I believe that most police officers genuinely believe in protecting and serving the citizens of their community, however, it is the minds of the government or the puppeteer who have messed withe the balance. Answer me this, if a police officer is to protect and serve explain why at the end of the month the amount of tickets handed out increases dramatically. Explain why in Arizona you can be fined and imprisoned for feeding pigs, Connecticut you can't sell cat fur, Indiana liquor stores can't sell cooled soda but instead uncooled soda. The list goes on and on and it sounds ridiculous right? Of course it does, but these things provide very real excuses for the state puppets(police officers) to write you a ticket to contribute to the paycheck of that state. These next numbers may shock you even more. Our pointless war on drugs hauls in $3.9 billion each year via the DEA, ATF and local law enforcements across the United States. When you receive that kind of money you'd never want to give it up. Even if it meant using your friendly neighborhood cop to bash down the door of a drug addicted individual to do so. This problem in turn leads to our tax burden of those who are addicted and thrown in jail when really they should be receiving treatment. But once again why share a piece of the pie when you can have it all to yourself. The Government hates to lose and will manipulate any force to get what they desire.
Sure I have painted the government and the police as the playground bully who steals your lunch money and his henchmen who beat you up for it, But what can really be done to change this? Localization, decreasing federal involvement and privatization. Yes these things can be done. Private security officers outnumber police 10 to 1 globally yet their approval rating is far higher and much more respectable than the low approval of the Police. Private security allows for the individual needs to be tailored for. If someone decides they don't want kids spray painting their property a private guard can be hired to take care of that. If this behavior of hiring security before going to the police increased even 25% the burden on the taxpayer would dramatically decrease as police forces would be forced to make cuts with less "business." The government officials that manipulate the police force would have to turn away from them as a revenue stream if individuals, municipalities or local governments opted to privatize or use a "private security first" model. As these security guards have a job to do that doesn't have infinite tax funded payroll they are in turn more incentivized to to their job fairly and justly which leads to eliminating many of the racial and social issues that plague many departments today. Without pressure you can expect nothing to change and a private contract with the opportunity for termination definitely places more pressure than a steady paycheck and pension virtually regardless of how you act. Gone would be the problems with minorities and police as the individual would now be placed in control of how they protected themselves, as we know the individual is the greatest minority. Overall misconduct would decrease as the state run police would now have competition as well, allowing them to tighten the restrictions on hiring and conduct leading to a safer environment lead by the free market and individual choice.
Of course this model of privatization is just an idea, however, with the distain for the police force and their manipulation by government it is understandable why this idea isn't such a quiet one any longer. The ridiculous body cam footage, wrongful deaths, crazy tickets, entrapping laws and poor behavior make the thin blue line look more like a blue smokescreen for the true evils lurking behind. The current state of government run law enforcement is a strong example and sobering reminder that most anything the government touches is instantly corrupted. Freedom can not survive in such an environment and other options must come before it's too late.
More to come on privatization and policing as part 2 can be expected next week! Its focus? Border towns and border security. Stay tuned and check our Twitter for updates @Officialfmmedia