Archive for August 20, 2022

While I was on vacation this week I happened to see this video of a store owner tackling a man that punched an elderly person in the face and stole his wallet. The story has a happy ending, with the loser getting thrown to the ground in what looks like a WWF wrestling move and eventually being arrested. Thankfully, the city is pursuing charges against the criminal and not the store owner.

But what happens when that is no longer the case? What happens when crimes go unpunished? What happens when people are allowed to ransack a 7-11 with impunity?

First, you’ll have stores respond with increased security, limited hours and eventually leaving. That’s what’s happened in San Francisco, where CVS and Walgreens began closing store after store when the city essentially allowed criminals to run free so long as they stole under $1,000 in merchandise. It’s not just California though…places as far away as Philadelphia have similar issues.

The second response, should crime continue unpunished, is far worse. When people feel that the police won’t or can’t protect them, they will turn to vigilante justice. It’s exactly how the Mafia started in Sicily, where the lack of police to settle disputes resulted in towns paying for groups of men to enforce justice. For a time, it worked: the Mafia kept crime low and people tolerated its existence. But it wasn’t a great system, as it incentivized the Mafia to engage in significant political tampering, as well as brutal enforcement tactics, to maintain its grip on power.

Mafia-like activity in America would be similar to Italy. Having local disputes solved by the equivalent of a local warlord might become a better option then waiting weeks for a court date with a corrupt judge. Neighbors will settle more disputes informally than formally. Most worrisome, we’d also see an increase in unsolved murders. If your store is robbed, you know who did it and you don’t expect the police to punish the criminal, then at some point you might take it into your own hands. Neighbors will know its happening, but since they are likely affected as well, they may shrug their shoulders and stay quiet. Why snitch on a neighbor that killed a local criminal? You’re better off without that criminal, and you certainly don’t want to be on your neighbor’s hit list!

We don’t want an America like this. Vigilante justice is not a good option. Let’s hope we can bring better law enforcement back.

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Question: What do you get when the FBI starting acting like the Biden Administration’s personal Gestapo?

Answer: A majority of the people deciding that’s what you are:

There are several oddities here the first being that for the entire time of the Trump Administration Democrats called him a Nazi but at no time did he either use the FBI as a private Gestapo against his political enemies nor did the people think of the agency as Trump’s private gestapo. Yet one year into the Cleanest election in the history of historyTM you have the majority of the public considering them the president’s private Gestapo.

The second is that the people most responsible for these actions that have driven this opinion have little care what the reputation of the agency is as long as it serves their political purpose.

The third is that left liberal seem delighted. And I suspect it not because they don’t think the FBI is acting like their own personal Gestapo but because they ARE. Remember a solid quarter of the Iraqi population liked Saddam because they where the folks who benefited from the oppression of his people. I suspect when (not if) the GOP decides to do the same when they return to power they’ll regret it as much as they did Harry Reid’s filibuster moves.

The biggest losers here of course is the agency itself because once honorable and honest people decide that there is no place for them in the FBI then only dishonest and dishonorable people will apply, this will within a generation turn it into exactly what the people think it is right now. We’re already seeing signs of this in the armed forces and unlike the Army you can’t have a draft for the FBI.

All of this of course comes from the steal of the election and the more I see of this the more I’m wondering if Trump as president was either in the process of or on the verge of exposing something so bad for the left/deep state that it not only justified the steal but justified destroying the FBI as a law enforcement agency.

One final note: The one expectation I take with these polling results is this. Joe Biden has the decision making authority of an ice cream cone. The FBI is no more Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo then they are mine and people who think so are wrong.

However if you ask me the question “Is if the FBI has been acting like the person Gestapo of the Biden Administration?” that’s accurate and I’d have to say “yes”. The question I have is, “Who is actually making the call”?

Update: In fairness the FBI has not been right for some time: