Guest Post by Mara Zebest
An excellent article at National Review touches on a premise that many aren’t talking about enough. The main point of the article is that the war on police is about control (similar to the control of healthcare via Obamacare). This point needs to be expanded upon, so everyone understands that Obama’s vision of a civilian-army may be at the heart of the means-justify-the-ends violence induced by fabricated war-cries of “racism” and “civil-rights” violations.
Think about what Obama asked for in a recent speech? Obama called for cameras on every police officer. On the surface, this sounds like a great idea. Understandably, many would actually agree with the idea of cameras on police officers because it could help protect them from false claims of abuse. But ask yourself another CRUCIAL question: “Why is it up to the FEDERAL GOVT. to mandate this nationally via Federal taxpayer money?”
Possible answer: If OBAMA has complete control of the camera program—wouldn’t he also have complete control of what video footage to release or withhold? This should not be a Federal Government program. To preserve individual rights in this country, the camera issue (or any police policy issue for that matter) NEEDS TO BE DETERMINED LOCALLY at the community level. Now imagine Congress pushing through another 3,000 page bill that no one has read—nationalizing the police force across the country—and we have to pass it to find out what’s in it. The LIV (Low Information Voters) all agree it’s a great idea as it is sold to us as putting cameras on every police officer.
Just keep this flashback Obama campaign promise in mind:
Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review posts the following:
Civil-rights investigations in Ferguson and Staten Island? No, what denizens of St. Louis and New York City ought to be worried about right now is . . . the crime wave overtaking Seattle.
If you don’t understand why, then you probably thought Obamacare was about covering the uninsured. Like its health-care “reform” campaign, the Obama Left’s civil-rights crusade is about control — central control of state law enforcement by Washington.
The deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York are each tragic in their own way. But in neither is there a federal civil-rights case to be had. To think otherwise, you have to be getting your advice from Al Sharpton — the huckster confidant of President Obama and Attorney General Holder. […]
Federal civil-rights cases are much harder to make than state homicide cases. They are supposed to be. They were conceived as a rare federal intrusion on the sovereign police power a state exercises within its territory. When police are engaged in an arrest because a crime really has been committed, and they use force because the suspect really does resist, the claim that they were actually scheming to deprive the suspect of his civil rights is asinine. The time to worry about the deprivation of civil rights, as Messrs. Williamson, Cooke, and Goldberg point out, is when progressives enact overbearing laws that criminalize things like untaxed cigarette sales, not when police dutifully carry them out. […]
Holder and his constitutional-scholar boss are not banging the civil-rights drum because they believe these are prosecutable cases. It is just a pretext for unleashing Justice Department community organizers on state and municipal police departments. […]
Seattle is another of the big cities that has been snagged by the DOJ. It has been under a consent decree since the Justice Department targeted it in 2012 for a “pattern or practice” of violations, allegedly including “subjecting individuals to excessive force” — in particular, “using excessive force against persons of color,” and “escalating situations and using excessive force when arresting individuals for minor offenses.”
You may recall that the tide of rampant crime in New York City was turned when, under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the police began cracking down on minor offenses — not untaxed cigarette sales but real violations that had nearly destroyed the city’s quality of life. What ensued was a miraculous transformation, with the Big Apple becoming the safest big city in America.
That policing model is under attack now — just as the NYPD’s extraordinarily successful counterterrorism model has been undermined by Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. […]
Holder announced that the Justice Department, which is already monitoring the NYPD, will conduct a civil-rights investigation into Garner’s death. Yes, that’s how it always starts.
Meanwhile, Seattle has been making announcements, too. It seems crime in the Emerald City has been skyrocketing since the Justice Department came in to, er, help. Homicides up 21 percent, car theft up 44 percent, aggravated assaults up 14 percent, and so on.
Welcome to Change: produced and directed by the Obama Justice Department and coming soon to a town near you.
Read more here.
As a side note, Obama appears to have an obsession with cameras everywhere lately, as Obama’s Department of Public Safety is behind a move to put cameras along the Texas-Mexico border. Is that to deport illegals? Or to catch them and expedite their transportation to other U.S. cities after picking up their ID’s at the new (not approved by Congress) building?