Here’s a story that just about everyone in the world will tell you is "tragic." There is an element of tragedy, of course, but there’s not a bit of moral authority to it.
A party before the University of Central Florida football home opener
turned deadly Saturday when an Orlando police officer shot and killed
an undercover university police officer working with state agents to
stop illegal drinking.
You’ll need to read the whole story to really get what I’m getting at. And you might check this out as well, particularly the open letter from the university president.
Now, tell me where it is in that news story or the open letter that addresses what might happen to you if you pull a gun on people who aren’t harming anyone and who are minding their own business — before you came along, that is. In fact, what should you think and what action should you take in such circumstances?
These were college kids; drinking, just like virtually all college kids do. Business as usual. Rite of passage. Someone comes up and pulls a gun on you. And, no, I’m not going to make meaningless distinctions between uniformed or plain clothes. If someone pulls a gun on you for suspected "under-age" drinking, then they’re not only fucking nuts, but they’re a grave danger and risk to you and you have no basis whatsoever to believe that any subsequent actions on their part will be responsible and rational.
The fact is: the late officer, Mario Jenkins, has no moral high ground to stand on. Did he deserve to die? Perhaps not, at least not in the sense that he intended mortal harm to anyone. He at least deserved to be stripped of all responsibilities that place a loaded weapon in his hands in the name of the "public," and he deserved to be beaten to a bloody pulp for pulling a gun on a bunch of drinking college kids. What he does not deserve is any sort of moral sanction for his behavior.
I am gratified about one aspect, though. In this insane War on America, conducted by the jackbooted thugs that has made its way even to the college campus security force by now, it’s usually the innocent that get victimized, such as with the frequent breaking down the door and storm trooping the "wrong house" at 4 a.m. In this case, at least, if someone has to die, I’m sure a lot happier to see it be the aggressors, and by that, I mean: the cops.
Now, I can see the idiot comments and emails already:
<weeny voice> "but he didn’t pull the gun until they resisted." </weeny voice>
Maybe; maybe not. Irrelevant, either way. See here. And, oh, by the way, it’s not like this sort of thing is an isolated case. Guess in which totalitarian military police state this little soirée took place, and when you watch the video, do take note of the sounds of helicopters during this full military assault on partying kids.
I know that people think I probably take some pleasure in this. I only take pleasure in the fact that I’m able, in some small way, to expose such utter and contemptible evil. America is a great country, with lots of opportunity still. In fact, 95% of my time is spent doing positive things that improve my life and the lives of those I love; and it’s spent in pursuit of the things I love. I’m not going to let any of this get in my way, as long as I can help it. At the same time, people need to know.
The institutions — and the people who run them — that are upheld as the core of American goodness and trustworthiness are rotten to the core. You see, the thing is, everyone who can really positively benefit themselves and the ones they love is already doing so, and either earning a good living at it, or getting rich at it. Those who can’t, or won’t, or who hate those who do and those who are, are the sociopaths increasingly populating the institutions that make life and death decisions concerning our futures.
(tip off: Joshua Holmes)