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  • #16
    How did we become the enemy? Simply by existing. The police have always been the enemy of certain elements of society. The police are the defenders of the status quo. We are the army of the "haves" protecting them from the "have nots". Yes, we are also the defenders of the poor and downtrodden, but only if they keep to their places and support the system.
    The real question is, "When did we those that we protect become our enemies?" That happened in the 1960's. The post WWII generation was different than other post war generations. America prospered after WWII. After previous large scale wars the national economy suffered. The children of WWII vets generally had more freedom from worry and responsibility than any other generation in history. They had access to unprecedented methods of rapid transportation and mass communication. All of this coupled with the often misguided idealism of youth lead to the turbulent decade of the 1960's.
    Television brought the protests and forceful responses of the government into the living rooms of ordinary citizens. The governments' response weren't any different than they had been to previous outbreaks of civil unrest, but the methods of reporting it to the public was. Also, many reporters and the executives that ran the large national news media were sympathetic to the first of the causes embraced by the youth of America. Average citizens in the US and around the world watched as Southern sheriff's deputies and national guardsmen clubbed and blasted non-violent antisegregation protesters with fire hoses. Most of those watching were also sympathetic to the protesters' cause.
    Then came the anti war protests on American college campuses. Middle class Americans got to watch their own children being clubbed and tear gassed by uniformed police officers and national guardsmen. Although the majority of Americans didn't approve of the antiwar movement, at first, they also didn't approve of the police beating their children.
    The protesters won. They beat the Johnson administration, they beat George Wallace and the other southern governors, they changed public opinion. Governmental racial discrimination was made illegal, the American government caved on the Viet Nam war and threw an ally under the bus. But more importantly the liberal college students that participated in the protest concentrated their post adolescent life on a relatively few areas of employment. They became lawyers, educators, and reporters. They wanted to make changes in society and these were the areas that would have the greatest effect if affecting that change. Control the courts, control public opinion, and control the minds of the next generation. When these people, the baby boom generation became the controlling force in the United States they brought with them their ingrained distrust of the government and a deep seated hatred for the most visible arm of that government, the police.
    These are the people that sit in state legislations, city councils, and county commissions. This is the generation that controls college campuses, high schools, school boards, the NEA and state and federal departments of education. These are the people that sit on the benches of state an federal appellate courts, they write the decisions that limit the actions of police officers. These are the people that write and broadcast the stories about Ferguson MO, Islamic terrorism, and police brutality. These are the people that we work for.
    When Society makes war on its police, it better be prepared to make friends of its criminals.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Che View Post
      How did we become the enemy?

      My #1 answer is the lack of "moral courage". A concept I learned in the Marines. If I chew out Jesus for an unsat uniform I need to do the same to Tom, Dick and Harriet. But if you watch 60 Minutes or 20/20 you will see who are whose enemies are. It is other officers, our peers and coworkers. Some departments seem to be just frat houses. Others are 'good ole boy' clubs.

      Cops taking bribes, pimping on the side, drug dealer after hours, gun runner, etc, etc.
      shi- heads in all professions. This hate and rooting for our death goes beyond that
      MDRDEP:

      There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by PABear31 View Post
        How did we become the enemy? Simply by existing. The police have always been the enemy of certain elements of society. The police are the defenders of the status quo. We are the army of the "haves" protecting them from the "have nots". Yes, we are also the defenders of the poor and downtrodden, but only if they keep to their places and support the system.
        The real question is, "When did we those that we protect become our enemies?" That happened in the 1960's. The post WWII generation was different than other post war generations. America prospered after WWII. After previous large scale wars the national economy suffered. The children of WWII vets generally had more freedom from worry and responsibility than any other generation in history. They had access to unprecedented methods of rapid transportation and mass communication. All of this coupled with the often misguided idealism of youth lead to the turbulent decade of the 1960's.
        Television brought the protests and forceful responses of the government into the living rooms of ordinary citizens. The governments' response weren't any different than they had been to previous outbreaks of civil unrest, but the methods of reporting it to the public was. Also, many reporters and the executives that ran the large national news media were sympathetic to the first of the causes embraced by the youth of America. Average citizens in the US and around the world watched as Southern sheriff's deputies and national guardsmen clubbed and blasted non-violent antisegregation protesters with fire hoses. Most of those watching were also sympathetic to the protesters' cause.
        Then came the anti war protests on American college campuses. Middle class Americans got to watch their own children being clubbed and tear gassed by uniformed police officers and national guardsmen. Although the majority of Americans didn't approve of the antiwar movement, at first, they also didn't approve of the police beating their children.
        The protesters won. They beat the Johnson administration, they beat George Wallace and the other southern governors, they changed public opinion. Governmental racial discrimination was made illegal, the American government caved on the Viet Nam war and threw an ally under the bus. But more importantly the liberal college students that participated in the protest concentrated their post adolescent life on a relatively few areas of employment. They became lawyers, educators, and reporters. They wanted to make changes in society and these were the areas that would have the greatest effect if affecting that change. Control the courts, control public opinion, and control the minds of the next generation. When these people, the baby boom generation became the controlling force in the United States they brought with them their ingrained distrust of the government and a deep seated hatred for the most visible arm of that government, the police.
        These are the people that sit in state legislations, city councils, and county commissions. This is the generation that controls college campuses, high schools, school boards, the NEA and state and federal departments of education. These are the people that sit on the benches of state an federal appellate courts, they write the decisions that limit the actions of police officers. These are the people that write and broadcast the stories about Ferguson MO, Islamic terrorism, and police brutality. These are the people that we work for.
        Thank you +1
        MDRDEP:

        There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by GoldBadge View Post
          Simply put, we are vilified by liberals.
          And their media.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
            shi- heads in all professions. This hate and rooting for our death goes beyond that
            You missed the point. In our profession if we were "professionals" 24/7 you think we would be where we are now? In 1978 when I started I would guess 50% of LE were just "good ole boys". In 2014 you think that has changed? And when it comes to "sheepdogs" maybe 20% of any department are really Lawmen or Law women the other 80% are the stereotypical civil servant. JMHO, YMMV.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by PABear31 View Post
              The real question is, "When did we those that we protect become our enemies?" That happened in the 1960's. The post WWII generation was different than other post war generations. America prospered after WWII. After previous large scale wars the national economy suffered. The children of WWII vets generally had more freedom from worry and responsibility than any other generation in history. They had access to unprecedented methods of rapid transportation and mass communication. ...
              You know in 1960 if you made $1M you paid 90% income tax. America got greedy and much does a millionaire pay today in taxes? Not much at all. Greed should be the issue but everyone is happy with their ________. Fill in the blank with your favorite vice, monster truck, boat, airplane or whatever.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by PABear31 View Post
                The real question is, "When did we those that we protect become our enemies?" That happened in the 1960's. The post WWII generation was different than other post war generations. America prospered after WWII. After previous large scale wars the national economy suffered. The children of WWII vets generally had more freedom from worry and responsibility than any other generation in history. They had access to unprecedented methods of rapid transportation and mass communication. ...
                You know in 1960 if you made $1M you paid 90% income tax. America got greedy and much does a millionaire pay today in taxes? Not much at all. Greed should be the issue but everyone is happy with their ________. Fill in the blank with your favorite vice, monster truck, boat, airplane or whatever.

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