Patriotic cop makes a stand against big government. Will it matter in the long run?
Readership: Those concerned with civil liberties;
Take a look at these two videos. The first caused a landslide on social media.
When his chain of command responded positively, then negatively, it sparked an uproar. His second follow-up video describes the ongoing dispute.
The video commentary shown at PragerU  exemplifies one of life’s great conundrums.
It demonstrates the stark reality that a system based on civil liberties, relying ultimately on the consciences of the individual (in particular those in sworn positions in government) is simultaneously the greatest set of socially organizing principles humans have ever come up with, while also showing, at the same time, that it will ultimately fail.
If everyone is required to interpret the constitution for himself, painfully examining his own conscience for clarity as well as moral, ethical and idealistic parsimony, those who do not concern themselves with such things will rise to power while the more noble agonize and debate over what is right.
The forces of evil in this world, made up of the most narcissistic, greedy, power hungry and antisocial among us, combined with the natural human tendencies toward laziness, complacency, lowbrow taste and cowardice will always result in what we have now. Power always coalesces into a center of gravity that is not objectively moral, good, bold or courageous. It doesn’t help that the preceding are, for the most part, naturally occurring phenomena, can be accounted for in large part through heredity, and are not normally distributed among groups. In other words, a system like this might work a little bit longer if a group, highly selected for traits compatible with its premises were the only ones allowed to actually run it.
This police officer is, or will soon be, fired. What good did his standing up for the constitution do him, his family, or us? The net outcome of this will be negative. He will not be able to provide for his family, and there is one less conscientious cop on the beat.
One loyal cop engaging in civil disobedience is a blunderbuss. But if a significant number join in his support (I would estimate 10-30% of the population or police force would be sufficient), we are looking at history in the making.
We’ve seen how quickly the authorities fold when there is a sizable number of conscientious objectors.
The question is this: Will this honorable man (Greg Anderson) make history, or will he become a blunderbuss? The answer to this question is a harbinger of America’s near future.
Greg Anderson has a GoFundMe for him and his family.
- PragerU: Officer’s Message to Police: We Are Trampling People’s Liberties (2020 May 11)
- Collective Evolution (Richard Enos): Police Officer First Praised, Then Threatened Over Viral Video Criticizing Police Tyranny (2020 May 12)
- Heavy (Jessica McBride): Washington Police Officer Greg Anderson on Leave Over Video Opposing COVID-19 Orders (2020 May 12)
- My Northwest (Todd Herman): Port of Seattle cop reminded officers to respect the Bill of Rights — now his bosses want him fired (2020 May 12)
- Amerika (Brett Stevens): Our Outrage At Capitalism Is Actually Frustration With Social Mobility (2020 May 12)
- Soviet Men: Can you depend on a government pension? (2020 May 12)