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The Demise of America

I watched with the same interest as many Americans as the events of Ferguson, New York and Phoenix unfolded. While I was not privy to the testimony given to the Grand Juries in these cases, I believe that there is not an issue with the Justice System; the problem lies in the people of America.

If we lay aside the issues surrounding the loss of these lives and look at the common thread; that being the failure of people to comply with authority, we need to ask how we came to this place. While growing up I was taught to respect my elders, address them by their last name. I feared the police, not because of the threat of physical abuse but because I knew that if I made a mistake, the police would arrest me and I would lose my freedom. I respected the rules of my house and my parents because if I violated a rule, I knew that I would receive punishment which involved a belt and a child’s bottom. There was no social media or 1000 channels of television. We were allowed to be creative but most importantly, we were able to interact with people.

My generation brought to life the internet, video games, CDs, cell phones and most advances to electronics. We were brought up during tough economic times and the threat of a Soviet attack upon our soil. We went fishing and hunting with our fathers and were taught how to work hard and play hard. If we had a disagreement with a person, we went out back after school, we fought, and when it was over we picked ourselves up and shook hands and it was over with. This is how my generation grew up.

Ferguson protestors.
Ferguson protestors.

Fast forward two generations (40 years) and now we are not allowed to be individuals because we may ‘offend’ someone. We question authority at every chance we have, be it the police, the government, or the courts. Yet we have become so complacent most people would prefer not to vote, because it is ‘one crook or another.’ We have become a people dependent on the Government to provide for our every need, and to be there when things get bad. Our politicians in the interest of votes have sold out the values that once made the United States the leading producer of goods and services. We bail out poor performing companies in the interest of ‘saving’ some jobs; we print money to make the economy look better than it actually is. We are becoming a society that cannot live with adversity. We have also become a nation of instant gratification. We are connected to the world 24 hours a day. With Facebook, Twitter, online news and other internet communications we can find out anything at any time, which lends itself to the mob mentality and emotional response versus a review of the facts. Growing up we had news once a day. I remember watching Walter Cronkite speak about the events of the day or the week every night during the nightly news. Today we can watch the events of Ferguson unfold 24 hours a day on our favorite news channel.

Why do I bring up the past? The past is the basis for the events that we see today in these incidents of death at the hands of the police. Having known some police officers, I know that when they put that uniform on every day, they do not put it on and say to themselves that they want to kill someone that day. They put it on in an attempt to ensure that everyone is afforded the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution. They are there to protect and serve their fellow man. Yet in society today it is becoming more and more difficult because everyone is a Constitutional expert; they “know” their rights. The common thread in each of these police encounters is that the victim did not follow the lawful orders of the police officer. If one was to disregard the fact that Michael Brown had just stolen cigars from a shop, if he had just obeyed the lawful orders of the police, he would be alive today. The media has been quick to point out that he was an ‘unarmed young black male’ and while it is true that he did not have a weapon at the time of his encounter, his body could be considered a weapon and he did aggressively engage the police in a physical encounter.

In New York city this past July, the police once again encountered a man who was engaged in an illegal activity. When he was advised that he was under arrest, he refused to comply. What are the police supposed to do in that case? Are they expected to walk away and say okay, you are a bad man, but because you refuse to comply we will go away now? Of course not. We as a society have demanded that the police arrest these individuals and take them into custody. It was his obligation to submit; the police just used the means needed to ensure that he did. Unfortunately in this case it cost him his life, which is a very sad event.

Our leaders, the Mayor of New York, the Governor and the President of the United States need to be supporting the authorities and the police, not sending representatives of their respective administrations to the funerals of the criminals. Remember, each victim in these recent events had committed a crime and refused to comply with the lawful orders of the police.

Chicago protesters protesting the Staten Island grand jury's decision, December 4, 2014.
Chicago protesters protesting the Staten Island grand jury’s decision, December 4, 2014.

People are becoming upset at the decisions of the Grand Jury when what they perceive as an injustice takes place. We must remember that a Grand Jury is comprised of regular folks, of all types of races and background. They are presented with all the available evidence by the prosecutor. These people live in the communities where these events happened. In Ferguson, that jury knew what the potential outcome of their decision would be. They are subject to the same pressures and tensions as everyone else in the area. I am sure that they watched the news and heard the claims of all the groups, the NAACP, New Black Panthers and the KKK. Every juror who sat in that room had to suspect that if there was no indictment, there would be riots and looting. In NY, the jurors knew or should have known that their no bill would result in outrage, yet both of these juries refused to indict the officers. This leads to only one conclusion, which is the police officers, when all facts were heard, were justified in the actions they took. The public is ‘outraged’ and ‘demands’ justice. The news spreads rapidly across the country and the ‘outrage’ grows. This is the time that our leaders need to stand up and calm the masses, ensure them that the criminal justice system worked, yet that is not what has happened.

In both of these cases, our leaders have said that they will investigate and take Federal action. This does nothing but increase tensions and divide our nation further. 40 years ago, people may have been outraged; however, they would accept the verdict and work on the problem, not attempt to seek recourse in another venue. In today’s era of instant communication, groups of people can rally around a cause before they truly understand all of the facts that have come to light.

And now, with the execution of two NYPD officers sitting in their patrol car, we are slowly descending into the demise of a falling nation. Those who appreciate freedom and liberty are watching it be stripped at every turn, and the lawlessness of a small segment of society is beginning to prevail. Until our leaders stand up for law and order, this situation will continue to grow. We as a society must stop this before it advances to the point of no return.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Paul Hood

The Honorable Paul Hood is a decorated veteran who served in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm.Immediately after high school he enlisted in the US Air Force, serving as an Air Traffic Controller.After leaving the military, he moved back to the Finger Lakes region of New York where he worked in emergency medicine, serving on the Board of Directors, the Director of Operations and the Director of Training at Victor Farmington Volunteer Ambulance Corp. In 1999 he became an NYS paramedic. Paul became more active in politics through EMS, attempting to change protocols and increase training standards throughout the region. He was eventually promoted to the Disaster Response Team (DRT), a select group of paramedics charged with responding to FEMA and state requests associated with disasters.Paul saw duty at World Trade Center after the terror attacks of 9/11/01 and hurricanes Katrina and Rita in September of 2005.

Following his successful career in DRT, he returned to school, graduating with an AS Degree in Business Administration, HR and Law minors. He completed his AS in Paralegal studies in May 2014.

In his off time, Paul enjoys riding motorcycles and is an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders of New York, protecting the sanctity of funerals for military, law enforcement officers, EMS and fire fighters.

On July 4th, 2013, Paul was approached by the Heroes Memorial Foundation, Inc. to assist them with the Granite Mountain Hotshot Team tragedy in Prescott Arizona.Currently he is working as the Public Information Officer responsible for ensuring accurate information is released to news media outlets, and to the appropriate on-line forums.

Paul is currently the town judge of Senaca, NY. Paul is responsible for all media relations regarding Fire & Rescue and Military Heroes.
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11 thoughts on “The Demise of America

  1. This issue, I think, is more dynamic under the surface and goes beyond recent events. America, for one, is dwindling due to incompetence in leadership and abuse of power at the highest levels. If we want to restore respect in law enforcement then we need to get back to community policing and away from the totalitarianism that our country has been steadily heading towards. Choking a man to death for illegally selling cigarettes? C’mon really? They treated him as though he was selling crack outside a school yard. America has way too many laws that stray us far from our constitutional liberties. As a constitutional libertarian I don’t believe you are above me just because you wear a badge and if you want to treat me like a criminal anytime we meet or keep me under the suspicious eye of the law, of course, I will treat you the same way as I am treated. I think the core of the problem is not the police themselves but the legislators who are making all these ridiculous laws for them to enforce. However, there has been no push back from the police , as a whole, to say enough is enough let these people live in freedom! Except when our Sheriffs’ joined together and said “we will not enforce any more gun laws that restrict law abiding citizens”….we need more courage like that to restore respect in law enforcement.

  2. I agree with you. But I also think the older generation is doing it as well. A growing trend amongst my libertarian friends is that “never trade freedom for security.” But we all trade a little freedom for security. It’s how society runs. Speed limits, stop signs, etc.

    And to compound that, they scream, “I know my rights. 1st amendment, 2nd amendment, etc.” So they view police officers as government oppressors of their rights, and they end up treating them like shit. A close friend of mine that is a cop in Texas of all places has noticed that people he pulls over are becoming more and more disrespectful. He’s noticed a growing trend of people only rolling down their windows a crack whenever he approaches them after he pulls them over. They are curt and demand to know why they’re being pulled over and “am I free to go to now?” And these people are older and should be more mature. They’re not the young generation of 20 or 30 year olds.

    Another friend of mine works for the ATF. Everybody hates him. And he works for a drug task force. He’s never once taken a gun from your average citizen.

    1. Yes, it is of all ages not just the young ones. The cracking the window thing is absurd [Youtube craze] and many of my Libertarian friends are respectful of law enforcement and it is often reciprocated. Baggers like to connect Constitutional Libertarians with Anarchists when we demand our rights be respected and the old talking point about stop signs and speed limits gets old. Small less intrusive government, with simple and effective laws are all that is needed and to punish wrong doers appropriately…..pretty simple right? Two of my best friends are Law Enforcement and they are sick of the legislators tying their hand with new and ridiculous laws to enforce as part of a “progressive-utopias” society. I don’t have a problem with traffic laws and don’t mind following them either!

  3. A lot of selective history there.
    Race riots in the 60’s
    Marches on DC and college campuses throughtout the 60’s and 70’s
    Labour fights in pittsburgh and colorado which led to workers being shot by pinkertons etc
    WW I vets burned out and beaten in DC trying to getbenefits and help.
    The Civil War
    Wounded knee .. Both the original and with the FBI
    Our time is no different.. And actually a lot less turbulent.
    The change is more a function of people growing older and having golden memories, and less of an actual change in the culture.
    Trust and respect are earned items … Not given.

    1. J’s:
      Really not selective history, it is the history I have experienced. I could trace history back a long way. I concede your point, history and race relations have been strained throughout history. I will disagree with your point that our era is less turbulent in the fact that we lack the leadership to steer the country in the right way.
      In the 60’s there was rebellion, and at times it became very heated (Kent State). Today though with the advent of Social Media, and the tensions among people and authority we run the risk of very bad things happening very fast. Your statement about Trust and respect are 100% true, however one MUST respect the Country, and it’s laws. Ergo, those sworn to protect it must be respected, and their lawful orders complied with. Failure to do so will do nothing but create a culture of total distrust, and feed rebellion against the Government. It is time for leadership at all levels, and less talk about and incitement of action against the police.

  4. Well-written article. I agree with some points and disagree with others.

    I do agree with you upon the issues of complacency in voters; government dependence (welfare, which is essentially buying votes); economic inflation (again, one aspect of buying votes); and especially the removal, if not outright illegalization, of adversity in thought, speech and everything else.

    However, I don’t see a problem with questioning authority. After all, the Colonists questioned King George. While people question why they are pulled over for ‘speeding’ isn’t comparable to the American Revolution, I think it’s worse if people completely stop questioning authority altogether and simply accept whatever is forced upon them; as was the case under despots, for fear of imprisonment or execution. There is a difference between questioning authority and breaking the law of course.

    As for the age of 24/7 information, I don’t see this as inherently bad either. It can be, if abused; but anything can be abused. We are able to learn what goes on anywhere in the world, good and bad, in just a few seconds. Several decades ago that took a lot of time to find out, and a century ago it was impossible. Knowledge is a good thing.

    Older generations have always seen the younger generations as ‘bad’ or ‘ruined’ or something negative…not necessarily b/c it’s true and the world is finally going to end, but b/c that person has changed over time, and therefore, his perspective of the world is different.

    Overall, I think many things are becoming better while other areas are deteriorating.

    Nonetheless, this country IS in jeopardy, especially in the hands of corrupt officials, but not all is lost…at least not yet.

  5. I hear talk about “civil liberties” and “constitutional rights”… I see the moniker “libertarian”… What I fail to see, though, is any mention of “responsibilities”, and there seems to be no such thing as a “responsibilitarian” out there… Well, no, I do see, occasionally, people saying that it’s the governments responsibility to do this or that, to protect them, to uphold their rights. What about the responsibility of each individual citizen to obey the law? To put the good of their country and their fellow man ahead of their own? We all want “police protection”. There are less than 35K uniformed NYPD officers, serving the NYC population of over 8,5 MM. That’s one police officer per 243 civilians (assuming they are all on duty at once). How exactly does one person protect a crowd like that? But they are trying, and in doing so they sometimes have to resort to “less words, more action”. God bless them!
    I grew up in Russia, back when it was still Soviet. The only rights we had were the right to make yourself as inconspicuous as possible, or some official or another would exercise their “right” to take something from you. Even now Russia has a lot less civil rights and liberties than even the most conservative and democratic state in US.
    And so I say – your rights and liberties must be earned. We don’t get to enjoy them by just being born in America, or being granted citizenship, as in my case. Back when the constitution was written, it was assumed that you earned your place as a citizen in the society, there was simply no other way to live – either that, or be an outlaw. Everyone earned their rights by default. But now, there are too many people claiming their rights, and giving nary a thought to their responsibilities except, maybe, how to avoid them.
    Stop the demonstrations and the picketing and the protests! You don’t like how the cops handled the situation? Go join the police force and do a better job! If you are not willing to do that – stop telling those who are how to do their jobs.
    My opinion is that every additional law being passed is another nail in the coffin for America, for it was truly said that a nation never has as great a number of laws as just before its fall. It was also said, that “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” (Plato)

    1. Between State, County, and City we have approx. than 20 Troopers, Deputies, and Police Officers [combined] on duty in our City of 51k. That is roughly 1 LEO/2,550 Citizens. The State Trooper mainly covers 35 miles of interstate, and Deputies are mainly in outlying rural areas and they all respond to help one another. These individuals are respected in the community and, for the most part, do a very effective job. We can’t begin to compare what went on behind the iron curtain with anything that goes on in this county past or present. If I grew up in the Soviet Union or Eastern Bloc I would feel like I won the lottery by coming to this country. Freedoms in this country were taken not earn and the price was blood! My forefathers questioned authority and lived in a manner that rejected big “do everything” “take what they want in return” Government. A true Constitutional Libertarian is a “Self-Responsiblitarian”. With that said, we are an advanced society that is at risk of losing our direction and we do require a base of law and order, but this notion that the police are my personal security in life is ridiculous and grew out of the Progressive/Helpless/I am a victim mental disease that has spread throughout this country. All the social problems from corruption and welfare to crime all tie back into this mind set. Respect and demand respect, love your neighbor don’t enable your neighbor, and help your community be better not with more laws but with involvement.

  6. “A growing trend amongst my libertarian friends is that “never trade freedom for security.” But we all trade a little freedom for security. It’s how society runs. Speed limits, stop signs, etc. ”

    In context, I live in a community [Northwest] that is working-class so there is very little major crimes. Our area has a very high number of armed citizens and two-thirds carry a conceal firearm. Our way of life and our idea of community is contrary to most eastern states and we choose a balance with greater freedom than security because security is inherent with large numbers of polite and respectful law abiding citizens. To compare or equate the needs of a macro society to a micro society is ignorant and out of touch- the “police state” way of life in New York [example] would never be accepted in our community. The rule of law where you have cameras on every corner and cops on every other block is simply proof that large social structures are unsociable in nature.

    I will keep My God, My Guns, My Money, and My Freedom and you can have they police to outline your body and take a report when your community turns inward.

  7. The governmental propagation of an entitlement society is breeding discontent and racism, with the sole purpose of despotism and enslavement.
    Big surprise huh !!

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