Why do we blame Public Safety?
Tonight, I had planned a totally different message about things currently weighing on my heart, but instead choose to focus on the situation here within the borders of this country today. Let me start our discussion today by saying, I choose peace. I choose harmony, and tranquility. I chose my community because of the wonderful people that inhabit this paradise with my family and I, even if we don’t always agree all the time. Towards the middle of last year I published a podcast about the ramifications of defunding the police departments [Read it Here], and I generally outlined the evolution of “law enforcement” from the earlier night watchman, to the professional police officer we have today. Just as importantly, we talked about the community placing more and more legal burdens on these law officers, effectively shuffling the responsibility of policing the communities ourselves, and yet, while constantly tolerating criminal behavior. Every day I hear discussions about “how bad” officers are, and I remind those speakers, that we (as a community) made them that way.
Greetings my friends... family members, fellow Alaskans, and all Americans wherever you are. Here we are, witnessing the inauguration of the 46th President of this 245 year-old idea called the United States. We are again, at a pivotable time here in the country, and I believe that these next four years will dictate as to whether this experiment, we call America, will continue or not. With all the tinder boxes we talked about still burning brightly, I really question if Francis Scott Key could put together such a well formed thought that could become a national anthem in this day and age. Welcome to the Alaskan Outlaw podcast, I am the Alaskan Outlaw, and this week I would like to take a minute of your time to vent a little. Now, I’ve always considered myself to be pretty fair, believing that I fully supported the immortal words of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior, “I have a dream that one day out in the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood”, and, finally concluding that “When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” Without a doubt some of the most exquisite words ever spoken.
To this end, the most reliable method to discover a solution, is to clearly demonstrate the issue at hand. Now, you are exactly right by saying that there seems to be a lot wrong, or problematic. But, for our discussion here, let’s strip away the layers of issues, dig down deep to the root of where this seemed to get off track. We need to look past the glaring “symptoms”, and past the surface chattel broadcast across the social media circus. Look into the history of our nation, combine that with decades of psychological interpretations, and let’s talk about where we may have lost our way.
The single most identifiable impact on the current society is the fracture of the nuclear family. This all started during the rebellion period of the mid to late ‘60s. Again the surrender of responsibility by, originally by men, and later by either and/or both parents. Many couples have chosen to have disposable marriages, or “starter marriage”. This reduction in willingness to live up to the traditional wedding vows “... for better or for worse... “, the rise in exuberance to accept public assistance, in lieu of working at low paying jobs. Which started our descent into job superiority, where many lines of employment were “beneath” many of today’s workers, which led directly to undocumented workers obtaining means of employment in the United States. This came full circle to now there is resentment of this undocumented workers earning a living. So, I feel that the ultra-wealthy athletes propagate a myth of easy success, that 9.99 times out of 10 doesn’t work, which then, again circles back to resentment. These findings led me back to determining that a major fallout from the broken family was maturity. Interestingly enough, there were really two paths that was the outcome here:
1. Super responsible, where the kids became a surrogate parent, irrelevant as to their biological age, or
2. Zero responsibility, where the offspring almost expected things to be given to them when they wanted.
Again, I think that a major factor affecting on modern humans is the overall maturity. While many taut their biological age, their level of maturity lacks far behind, as does their understanding in basic civics and social responsibility. I really believe that many of these scumbags who felt a need to storm civilian politicians at work would benefit greatly from a couple years in the military, or public service, possibly one or two semesters of high school level civics. Honestly, how embarrassing it must have been when law enforcement published the fact that you still lived at home with your mother? Wow. Or better yet, your mom shows up at your protest and drags you home by your ear. I am honestly embarrassed for them. However, for the most part, it’s not completely their fault. While, yes, they do hold a substantial amount of the blame, as we all possess the internal fortitude to change for the betterment of mankind. To some degree, the willingness to relent to peer pressure (whether in-person (IRL), or via electronic device) is really irrelevant to the overall discussion point. The fact remains that many people (old, and young, alike) surrender to peer pressure, sometimes to the detriment of their community.
The next big issue facing each and every person with criminal intent, is their community’s evasion of responsibility. Overall, we read in the blog before, the evolution of law enforcement essentially comes down to the migration of policing tasks over to these growing departments throughout the country. This surrender puts more of the onus of social order on law enforcement, all the while we threaten their existence with defunding proposals. This thereby reduces their ability to combat against, what we told them to prevent, and in many cases reduces the ability to recruit, as everyone is fearful of losing their lives. Throughout the documented history of the civilized world, we have seen many community’s continually surrender their function of maintaining order, and social policing. This surrender meant that law enforcement officers had to pick up the responsibility for correcting citizen behavior at sometimes the most basic levels. In addition, the community constructed justice system began to legally restrict citizen policing responsibility. One of the most substantial factor that the courts looked through was the institution of violence
So, a great point of this discussion is the hypocrisy of violence. What I don’t understand about the garbage spewed across the social media circus that speaks of violence and retaliation is that most of these writers really can’t grasp the ideology behind the use of violence. The idea that causing violence to another human being in an attempt to coerce them to change directions, or to change their thought process, is ridiculous and fruitless. Violence has never worked throughout history, as the only escalation point would be termination of life. Thereby reducing the necessary social interactions that humans must have, after-all we are social creatures are our deepest core. While the need for “terrorism”, and that’s what it is, has been used throughout history, it has never been deployed successfully. The mass tragedies we hear about both here at home, and abroad, always end in frustration, anger, and vengefulness in the survivors, not fear. If the terrorism card is used too often, it can invoke a retaliation leading the hunters to become the hunted. Violence solves nothing. Violence changes nothing, all it does is create pain and suffering, and loss. Not fear. Therefore many who participate in these public violent demonstrations comfort themselves knowing that the system at which the retaliate against, is the same system that protects them when the event concludes. Then, there are those who demand chaos and uncertainty, they lack concern for the many years of blood, sweat, and tears, that entrepreneurs put in to build (even a modestly successful) business.
I’ve said it before, and I will keep preaching it until those idiots start paying attention. There is nothing to be gained by the foolishness of anarchy. Many idiots confuse the ideology of anarchy, with the practice of opportunistic crime. They are very different. Anarchy is defined as “absence or denial of any authority or established order”. So, based on this definition, I wonder how many of the scumbags rioting in DC think they have a snowball’s chance in hell at getting ahead in their lives without order. I wonder how many idiots rioting in Portland, Minnesota, and other places, actually have any idea what exactly they are asking for? Also note, that I said rioting. I did not say anything about protesting. Protesting and having your voices heard is a god given right in this country, you should never be ashamed of having your voices heard IF it betters humankind. However, I feel that this is just another symptom of the failure of the nuclear family, however, within a community, there resides some of the blame.
The breast of responsibility has been surrendered by the majority of our population, although realistically this is more of a global thing, certainly not labeling Americans alone here. Whether it be the future generational care, or criminal intent education, within many community, the desire to get involved has been degraded to non-existence. After conversations with many of you in the education industry, particularly in the primary grades, I have heard that many kids arrive to school without being fed, or the proper protective gear. This imposition is then placed on teachers, medical staff, and law enforcement personnel. By many parents being unwilling to correct their children’s behavior, we have fostered the need for law enforcement and legislation to intervene at the most basic of levels, just explaining right and wrong.
Next on my list of issues is the enormous weight of justice. What I mean by this is the amount of criminal activity being processed through the courts everyday. Just, in a smaller city like Anchorage, Alaska, a dozen or so judges preside over a dozen cases per day, everyday. With attorneys on both sides of the aisle attempting to see their perception of justice prevailing. Really, the courts are overwhelmed. Why, you ask? Because our neighbors have chosen to quietly disagree with the laws as they are written. They chose not to attend their city council meetings. They chose not to write their representative in their capital and seek help at drafting legislation to change the law. Nope. They said to hell with it, and did it anyway. So now, a law enforcement officer has to visit them, arrest them, and transport safely, to a local facility to hold them. The following morning (maybe), they will stand before an appointed judge and explain their position. Well, if you watch Law & Order on the television, you know how the rest goes. Suffice to say, there are tons of necessary interactions that have to happen on a clearly defined timeline, because of criminal protection laws that “we the people” had created and installed with our vote.
As modern day Americans we have repeatedly demonstrated the power of peace over violence and hate. Throughout this nation’s history we have seen thousands of displays of human kindness, where unconditional love saves the day, or creates life-long relationships between humans around the world. The future of the human race is dependent on our willingness to coexist in harmony. We all need to embrace our differences and fully understand that is what makes each of us unique and special. It is the key to our very survival as a species.
What we need to do. This one is actually pretty easy. As members of the community we need to have a more active role in teaching the younger generations what society is, and how to fit into it. We must constantly teach the difference between right and wrong, and enforce discipline. Solving this problem starts at home. Bring a higher source of power into your lives, by getting to know God, however you address Him. Teach our children the Golden Rule of living in society, or understand the ability to leave that community and find another one. We all need to pull together to solve the larger issues that face humankind. We all need to have our voices heard so that our communities understand where we stand, and just as importantly, we understand where the community stands. This then allows our representatives to make better laws the more closely fit how “we” see things working. We need to learn the art of compromise, working together as a community to resolve issues that arise. Meet our neighbors, know who they are and how they feel about issues. Be a community.
This really is where being prepared comes into our discussion. By each of us being prepared, not only do we take a small request off the local providers, we are better positioned to help our neighbors, thereby making larger and larger reductions to local resource allocations, freeing up the first responders to provide for those who seriously need help. That’s the connection with being prepared can provide, as it truly is the greatest benefit to the community as a whole. As each of us accept the responsibility for our safety and survival, as well as that of our immediate family members, and helping our neighbors, it can create a “domino effect” of community self-reliance and ultimately, independence. This is the sole reason I try to inform and educate all of us, to make the world a better place.
As always my friends, I am deeply humbled that you have allowed me into your circle today, and look forward to joining you again next week where our topic of discussion will look at the long term implications of the pandemic on everyday American life going forward. Again, I ask each of you to search your heart, find forgiveness for your perceived slights from others, and spend some time getting to know your neighbor, and your community. Remember to keep yourself safe, respect each other, and keep your head on a swivel…. Peace
[Submitted by Mark Weisman]