Sunday, January 08, 2012

On Resistance

Knuckle Dragger makes some very good points about resistance. I salute him in his clarity of thought and directness. His piece reminds me of the speech by Jose Wales about getting mean, plumb mad-dog mean, "Because if you give up and quit, you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."

This line of reasoning caused me to apply it to todays headlines. Hence, some thoughts and questions follow:

I would ask if the doctrine of resistance is still valid in the reader's psyche when the "criminals" are legitimate agents of the State. I would also note that the criminal and gangster's mentality applies just the same to gangs in Official State Costume.

Quote from the piece: "Handing over your life by surrendering to someone who is in the process of committing a violent crime against you is a form of suicide. Some survive but many do not. The monster gets to decide for you."

Does this principle apply when a bunch of cops are standing over you, beating, stomping, and kicking you while screaming, "Stop resisting!"

Quote: "Why would you believe anything that someone who is committing a crime against you says?"

When the FBI decided to use tanks against the Branch Davidians, they began their attack with bull horns blaring, "This is not an assault. If you surrender now, you will not be harmed..." Indeed, why would anyone believe the statements of someone who is driving a tank over the top of them?

 Quote: "Better to die fighting in place than to be tied up, doused with gasoline and burned alive."


 Quote: "Only members of his tribe are actually human in his mind."

How many times do you hear policemen refer to their fellow citizens as "civilians"? Search you tube and look at the plethora of examples of police violence against the people they supposedly serve. They do it because they are sure they will get away with it. Their brothers in arms will (at best) look the other way or (at worst) lie and hide or destroy evidence.

Quote: "You cannot expect mercy from someone who does not know what mercy is."

Consider the case of Kelly Thomas, beaten to death by Fullerton Police officers. There were witnesses. No one stopped them, no one interfered. They killed a man then gave each other high-fives.
What about when your home is attacked in a para-military style assault, such as happened to Jose Guerena?

What about when given conflicting commands such as "Freeze! Get on the ground! Don't move! Do it now!"

What about when given no option to surrender at all, such as the case of motorcyclist Mike McCloskey, who was shot in the back by an Ottawa Hills Police officer for the crime of looking over his shoulder?

What about John T. Williams, shot dead by a Seattle Police officer for the crime of walking down the street while whittling on a piece of wood? Sickening video...

What about the case of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by BART officer  Johannes Mehserle. Mehserle and another officer were kneeling on Oscar's neck and back, when Mehserle decided to pull his pistol and shoot Grant in the back. He later claimed that he intended to taser Grant. The fact is he shot him dead. 

I am not anti-cop. I am very much pro-Peace Officer. I am very much anti-bullying, and anti-thuggery. I am not saying that all agents of the State are criminals.

Now we are beginning to see formerly free men act in predictable ways when backed into a logical, and practical corner. They cannot expect justice. They cannot expect the cops will do the right thing even MOST of the time. Unfortunately, when a situation such as this happens, the agents of the state only lament, "Why didn't he just submit and comply? Why didn't he just roll over and piss on himself..." There is never a thought that they themselves could be wrong. Their subculture is rife with an "Us vs. them" mentality, including an attitude which can be summed up as, "It was the right thing to do 'cause it was us what done it."

In the movie First Blood, Sheriff Will Teasle is heard to say, "People go fucking around with the law and all hell breaks loose." 

Now we have the NDAA.

 Resist indeed.

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