One of the lasting tropes of the Vietnam era was that most American soldiers and police were blood-thirsty savages of low intellect who would do whatever their commanders told them to, regardless of how cruel or immoral.
This trope was spread via movies and politics, and John Kerry was one of the lead advocates. (Coincidentally, Kerry also helped create the other trope – that of the moral, “outsider” G.I./cop who is part of the madness but resists it.)
This insulting and fictional belief should have gone the way of leisure suits orange shag carpet, but it continually gets renewed. Long-time readers will perhaps remember the attempt by the left to resurrect the “US troops are baby killers” theme in Iraq.
So now the new hotness is police brutality. All cops – even the black ones, apparently – are filled with bigotry and hate, merely looking for excuses to kill otherwise harmless black people.
It’s pretty clear that this concept is being pushed by the Clinton campaign’s allies in a desperate attempt to fire up the black vote and get them to turn out for an elderly, privileged white women with whom they have nothing in common and whose policies will ensure that they are ultimately replaced by Middle Eastern and Central American immigrants.
That’s a tough sell, hence the race-baiting and trying to smear Trump as a Klansman.
One of their tools is disrespecting the national anthem. After all, what better way to win people over than by disrespecting something they value?
I think Dale Carnegie has this in his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People by Spitting in their Faces.”
Sane observers have perhaps marveled at how Democrat elites could push this dangerous and violence-provoking propaganda given that our elites are now uniquely vulnerable to societal disruption. Is there anyone more in need of protection from the wretched of the earth and college professors and tech millionaires?
It never crosses their mind that at some point the low-class goons that make up the law enforcement community might decide that maybe taking a pullet for their “betters” isn’t on their to-do list.
Like all societal shifts, it starts slowly. For example, local cops often volunteer to provide additional security for their communities. Funny, if you piss them off, they won’t volunteer any more.
There’s been a fair amount of talk about military coups, most of which is the usual hyperventilation of campaign season. Put bluntly, I find it highly unlikely that tanks will ever roll on Washington or anywhere else.
A far more plausible scenario is where the class warfare of the elites has backfired and the mob decides to loot their mansions for a change. At that point the security forces are called out and do….nothing.
Revolutions often work like this – the Cossacks are orders to charge the demonstrators and refuse. They may even take the side of the protestors.
Such an action might not even be illegal. Despite the liberal tropes mentioned above, US troops are keenly aware that they are obligated not to execute unlawful orders.
It’s often said that we have some of the worst ‘elites’ in history, and this is a great example of just how stupid and blinks our current leadership is.
Out in the world of hard knocks, the ruling class understands that their very survival depends on the good will of their security personnel. Saddam Hussein made sure that his Special Republican Guard received the most lavish comforts, best equipment and highest pay. He was never stupid enough to denigrate them in any way (he might purge their leaders, but that’s another story).
He understood that they were his first and last line of defense. Without their goodwill, he was nothing.
The pattern repeats elsewhere. Vladimir Putin’s security teams probably get gold everything. It’s a smart way to go.
As we see, Western elites are doing the exact opposite. When the crisis point comes (and it will), the likely response of the enforcers will be simple apathy.
As I write this, "de-policing" is becoming a thing in troubled jurisdictions like Chicago. If it spreads to the affluent enclaves of the super-rich, we'll know the revolution has begun.