You are free to hate President Obama, President Bush or President Clinton. You are free to hate the entire Democratic party for its wasteful spending, its terrible economic policies and nanny-state attitude. You are free to hate the entire Republican party for its antagonism to gay people, its shameless war-mongering and particularly irksome radio show hosts.
Many of the members of the Democratic or Republican parties, and certainly our presidents, have worked hard their entire lives to serve this country, whether you believe they do a good job or not. I may hate the things they do, but I cannot dispute that many of them work hard. Many of them are highly educated and diligent, and devote countless hours to public "service." Yet you are free to hate them because ultimately, it is your life that is affected by their actions and policies, and this is all part of the process of Democracy which we are forced to abide by.
Yes, indeed you are free to hate Obama, Bush, all Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea-Partyists, Communists, etc. because these are all parties or groups that seek to influence policy and affect your life, and no one bats too much of an eye when you criticize these people because you are entitled to your opinion. They may disagree with you, but they will ultimately understand that you are entitled to hold that perspective.
But god forbid you say anything bad about the police.
If you say you hate the police, or spend even a little too much time criticizing them, then you are an ungrateful bitch. Just wait until you get raped, and the police walk by and laugh at you; you will really deserve it (feel free to contact me for further examples of absurd comments I have received in response to my articles).
Well, that seems strange. I thought I was entitled to my opinion?
That must be because the police are different. They aren't a political party or organization that tries to influence policy. Oh wait, the very powerful Fraternal Order of Police, which lobbies for drug prohibition and other causes certainly indicates that they in fact do influence policy.
It must be because they are not paid as much as other politicians. Well, seeing as how they have the 12th most dangerous job behind behind logger, fishermen, farmers, construction workers, sanitation workers, pilots, roofers, millers, miners, merchant mariners and powerline installers (all very important services), but get paid quite a bit more because they have the luxury of coercing tax money, I'd say that that's not true either.
But they work so hard! But apparently working hard is irrelevant when criticizing the policy and influence of Democrats, Republicans, Communists, Socialists and Tea-Partyists. So why should it be relevant when criticizing police?
The "hard work" justification is a particularly laughable quality of cops that is used time and time again in defense of police. "They work/worked hard." What exactly does that mean? Why should it even matter?
I worked hard too. And I continue to work hard. I like, went to college and law school and stuff. If I want to put it the same way police and their defenders put it, as an attorney, I dedicate my life to working with and upholding the laws of this nation! By god, I should get certain perks and get away with crimes for my work!
Do I get to rob, taser, abuse and kill people and get away with it because of the incredible stress of being an attorney, and all the hard work I suffered all those years? I don't think so.
Do I get to take liberties with clients' money, or commit malpractice every once in a while, and get away with only some "paid suspension" (i.e. vacation) because being a lawyer is so hard, and I had to make complex, difficult decisions on the job? Maybe I should even be able to assault an opposing counsel here and there, since the nature of the job is such that opposing counsel can really grate on one's nerves (because seriously, who likes lawyers)? No, I don't think so.
I am not saying I am being treated unfairly, and that I really, really wish that lawyers could rob, beat and taser people without consequence too. Forget lawyers. Is there any other profession out there, in which you can break laws, avoid consequences, and blame it on the "nature of the job" and then lobby to have laws written in your favor?
This whole nation, on average, works quite hard, especially compared to European nations. Should everyone be able to commit a few crimes here and there, because of how hard they work? Should Americans have some kind of moral right to subjugate or abuse Europeans once in a while because we work hard?
For christsakes, the President of the United States is not exempt from criticism; why should police be?Regardless of whether you like the President, you have to admit he "works hard." Have you seen how presidency ages a man? The before and after pictures are not pretty (Clinton here, Bush here).
What it comes down to, is there is a certain category of people out there, and a certain category of police out there, who simply do not want to take personal responsibility for their actions. They want to play up their training and job as a difficult task, so that when they beat, rob and murder, they need not face the consequences like everyone else would.
Police, like Democrats and Republicans, are a political entity. They not only enforce laws, many of them belong to organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police which actively lobbies for and shapes law.
Police are the law. Without police, the legislation drafted by all those Democrats, Republicans and other political entities would have zero meaning and no practical effect. Police are the very foundation of politics, since without them, government policies would merely be a toothless morass of philosophy and hypotheticals.
We are forced to give them tax money, whether we like how they enforce the laws or not. We are forced to support them and have little say about how they conduct their business.
Their political actions and presence affect our lives. Their everyday business has wide-ranging implications in terms of a person's personal ethics, morals, philosophy and politics.
To say that they are particularly above reproach, any more so than the average person, or the President of the United States, is simply asinine.