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The Police Paradox

When I see a policeman I do not see a lawyer, I see what appears to be an armed bouncer.

Of course, perception is not reality.

I wonder what is though. I am wondering just how many police officers are cognizant of the law? And there is a difference between familiar with the law and proficient. A lawyer is proficient with the law. He has to tak the BAR to prove this. A police officer doesn' strike me as someone who is proficient with the law. They strike me as people who know just enough of the law to allow them to push their ticket in to court or keep their bacon out of the fire when it comes to more law-conscious citizens.

Doesn't this present a problem? A paradox? We commonly believe the police to be defenders of the law. How can you defend the law when you are ignorant of it? That's because they are not there to enforce the law, they are there to maintain order. Whose order? The order of the people that sent them. When you see a bunch of citizens on one side squared off against a group of shielded and batoned police on the other side, you get the feeling police don't work in the public interest.

Why should you be concerned? Because the police represent what they have already represented throughout history. An express avenue through which surgical control of the public can be practiced. It is usually through them that a tyrannical regime is maintained.
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