Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

Monday, March 18, 2013

Demoralization

In the comments to a post at Say Uncle on massive failures from police crime labs in Massachusetts and Texas, Lyle said:
Part of the overthrow of the U.S. is demoralizing the population. Part of demoralizing the population is having incompetent buffoons in critical positions, such that we lose trust in the system. Eventually, so the idea goes, we'll be so fed up and disgusted that we'll cry out for a "strong man" who will "do something" by getting past all the politics and red tape, i.e. a dictator.
In the comments to a post at BoingBoing that Uncle linked wherein a Brit berated a man for "taking the law into his own hands" and taking a gun to check on the welfare of his daughter instead of calling the cops to do it, another commenter responded:
Call the police and they might just kill you
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50...

Police escalate car chase to deadly conclusion
http://www.thedailybeast.com/a...

Even the mayor isn't safe
http://www.seattlepi.com/natio...

Police helping the mentally-challenged
"With his dying words, he... never understood why the defendant had beat him. He said 'All I wanted was a Snickers bar.'"
http://digitaljournal.com/arti...

Newly-Released Surveillance Video Shows Police Officers Brutally Beating, Suffocating, and Tasing Kelly Thomas to Death
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2...

Sure, a lot of cops, maybe most, are there to help. I've met some of them. But in this country, it really is a crapshoot. You don't want to call the cops unless you absolutely have to.
There are a lot more of those, too.

Where have I heard the term "demoralization" before?

UPDATE:  The Kelly Thomas link goes to a different homicide-by-cop.  The video of Kelly Thomas getting beaten (not tased) to death is here:  Full, unedited video

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