This is a continuation of a previous article I wrote regarding what government is, versus what people see it for. You can read part one here.
Our federal government has three branches, the executive branch – the President; the legislative branch – Senate and House; and the judicial branch – the Supreme Court.
Well guess what, each of our individual states have this same exact type of government. Every single state in the country has an executive branch – the governor, a legislative branch – the state senate and house, as well as a judicial branch – the state supreme court. So why do people hate the federal government so much, but not their local government? They are, in fact, exactly the same thing, just at different levels!
I’ve seen many of my conservative friends speak out against many federal agencies and their activities including: the Bureau of Land Management, the ATF, the DEA, the IRS, and several others. All of which, of course, have federal law enforcement agents who enforce their policies or federal laws.
At the state level it’s not at all different. Every state and local law enforcement agency focuses on the same types of “crimes” the federal agencies do: guns, narcotics, tax evasion or fraud, and also land and wildlife management. They are all enforced by state and local agencies just as they are at the federal level. The states however, take it a step further and include traffic enforcement and many, many, other state statues.
What is the difference? There is none.
So, here we are – the many citizens (and even local law enforcement) who speak out against the federal government and their law enforcement arm; but God forbid we speak out against our local government and their law enforcement arm. Why is that? It doesn’t make much sense, does it, considering our local state government is set up exactly like our own federal government? Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense at all.
Corruption and abuse of power at the federal level, is no different than at the state level. Not one damn bit!
The fact is, government is government, no matter at what level, or how you slice it. Our founders understood this, and even spoke about it in the Federalist Papers. To quote William Rawle (a U.S. District Attorney appointed by George Washington), “The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.”
Those of you who actively resist federal government enforcement in your personal life yet in the same breath support and defend your local government enforcement are in fact, hypocrites. Why? They are both the exact same thing, just at different levels of government. That’s why. Stop being a sheep!
If gun confiscation, or any other infringement on our liberties (which already have taken place and exist), is passed, who do you think is going to kick down your door to enforce it? You guessed right, your local law enforcement, no different from the Fed.
Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No 28:
In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.
I see guys on social media constantly telling the federal government “where to go”, but at the same time posting that thin blue line flag all over their page. Do you not see the contradiction? I do. You don’t support federal law enforcement, yet you whole heartedly support your local law enforcement. Why? As I’ve explained previously, they are the exact same thing, just at different government levels. There is literally zero difference. Each and every one of them is tasked with one thing, and one thing only: to forcibly involve themselves in your individual life, because of legislation (usually “feel good” legislation that will have zero effect on real crimes – crimes against persons, or property) passed by a bunch of guys in suits, in a building we paid for. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – government law enforcement needs to stay put until someone calls for their assistance. Otherwise, they should do nothing.
Take off your blindfold – see things for what they actually are! Stop bowing down and worshiping those who wield control over you by force!
* Shane Foster has worked his entire career in military law enforcement, corrections, and as a private investigator. He has a unique perspective into how law enforcement operates from within its ranks, our judicial system, as well as our privacy laws and how every day our individual freedoms and liberties are gradually taken away from us and our individual rights abused on a regular basis.
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