By Doug Newman – email me here.
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Killing a cop is a very serious matter. Killing anyone is a very serious matter.
Cops’ lives matter, but no more than anyone else’s. Indeed, all lives matter.
This is not the point here: federal, state and local authorities have seized upon the killing of a cop to justify putting the entire town of Fox Lake, Illinois on lockdown. Indeed, the FAA put a temporary flight restriction in place over the area. This is not the first time that this has happened. A good part of metro Boston was put on lockdown while authorities pursued the Boston Marathon bomber in 2013.
If certain crimes justify putting cities on lockdown, why don’t all crimes justify such lockdowns? I mean, like, they’ve got to get the bad guys! There are numerous manhunts every day in America, almost none of which involve such Gestapo-style measures.
The big issue here is how long will it take until enough people to WAKE UP and see the big picture of the metastasizing police state in America? Since 9/11, the American people, for the most part, have – in the name of “safety and security” – put their blessing on: putting entire cities on lockdown, warrantless searches and spying, the suspension of habeas corpus, sexual assault as a condition of travel, indefinite detention without any semblance of due process, severe restrictions on peaceful protest and surveillance drones in our skies watching our every move. And don’t dare think for a minute that we won’t accept predator drones in domestic law enforcement, as there are already precedents.
The current presidential race in the “conservative” party – you know, the one that believes in “more freedom” and “less government” – is just one big game of one-upmanship over who can institute the most oppressive police state.
The more tyranny we tolerate, the more we get. And if we continue to tolerate iron-fisted measures such as those being implemented in Fox Lake, Illinois, we deserve a president FAR WORSE than Obama.
Someone else said it first: God blessed America … and look what we did with it.
UPDATE: It turns out Gliniewicz’s death was a suicide.