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Military Style Police Force?

serfserf Member Posts: 9,225 ✭✭✭✭
edited September 2014 in Politics
It's all to protect you from terrorist on the border & not from ineffective two party politics and the love of money & power!


The desire to protect your own personal marketplace is not new. The concept started with guilds in the Middle Ages, and I assume some research would date it back to the time of the Medes and Persians. In the same way, many of us are beginning to feel uncomfortable with the increasing level of armaments in our local police and federal agencies. It seems that every government organization wants to extend its personal level of power and immunity. Can someone please tell me why the Railroad Retirement Board needs its own SWAT team? The Consumer Product Safety Commission? The US Department of Education? Seriously? Literally scores of agencies at the federal and state level seem to feel the need for SWAT teams. Many with armored vehicles. And then they find reasons to use them.

The principle of self-protection and self-aggrandizement holds in almost every area of bureaucratic regulation. In the same way that we all want and need the police in our neighborhoods, we do need regulators (or at least some of them). But an unchecked police force and a stultified regulatory bureaucracy can become a detriment to the society they are supposed to protect. In theory, that is why we subject these organizations to civilian control. In practice, it's not happening
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