Soy Boy Politics
Soy Boy Politics
[How can anyone participate in any recent or trending “story” out in the world without shaking your head in disbelief? The amount of hypocrisy is overwhelming. Double-standards left and right. 50 years ago none of these conversations would be even near the forefront of the narrative. Today, it’s nothing but.]
Guest Post by Eric Peters
It’s barely four months into the year and already, armed government workers have shot to death 294 people. This is more than twice as many people as have been shot by freelancers – those not wearing government uniforms who shot people at schools – during the past six years.
Last year, armed government workers shot to death 987 people – almost 60 times as many people as were shot to death at Parkland. If the first three-ish months of carnage are any indication – 2018 will be an even better year.
Why isn’t the Soy Boy demanding that armed government workers be disarmed?
Why isn’t there . . . outrage?
Clearly, armed government workers are very dangerous. Objectively, they are much more dangerous than the freelancer – who labors under the burden of being freelance – and of knowing his victim may legally fight back.
Armed government workers, on the other hand, are armed – and armored – by the government. They have the juggernaut of the government’s limitless resources (taken from us) behind them and in addition, they have been endowed with what amount to god-like powers over us.
Or rather, god-like authority.
They are, in the main, nothing-special people; often below-par people. What the writer Hanna Arendt once upon a time called the banality of evil. But once enrobed (and armed) and empowered, they become – like those Arendt wrote about – something the freelancer can never be.
He acts outside the law. He is alone.
Most of all, we may defend ourselves against him.
We are prostrate before the armed government worker, who has been endowed with a kind of sanctity that since 911 borders on the religious. We – the not-enrobed/not-endowed – are expected to not merely genuflect before The Presence but also to tolerate conduct which – if performed by a freelancer – would result not merely in outrage but punishment.
The enrobed are hardly ever punished for their crimes – including the crime of murder, which they commit almost routinely.
If anything, their license is expanded. They may not only shoot first and ask questions later – they may just shoot. If they hit someone, oh well.
We, on the other hand, are subjected to abusive harangues about what we might do with the guns we haven’t used to shoot anyone with. Threatened with new restrictions and prohibitions for things we haven’t done.
When an armed government worker literally murders someone – viz, the horrific case of Daniel Shaver, who was murdered in the coldest of blood about two years ago by an armed government worker named Mitch Brailsford in the hallway of a hotel in Mesa, AZ while crawling on the floor and pleading for his life – an understanding prosecutor finds some excuse not to prosecute or a worshipful jury finds some benefit-of-the-doubt which would never be extended to a freelancer in the same circumstances.
Most of all, collective punishment is never applied to armed government workers – as it always is (or is always sought) whenever an atrocity is committed by a freelancer. Shooter A kills someone; up goes the call that B and C and D and E surrender their guns, notwithstanding they didn’t shoot anyone.
Defenders of armed government workers – who, ironically, are often “conservatives,” ostensibly suspicious of government – never howl that because armed government worker A murdered someone with a gun, armed government workers B and C and D E must surrender their guns, or accept new and onerous restrictions.
The armed government worker who did something is always given more latitude than the ordinary citizen who did nothing.
It is of a piece with the logic of politicians who insist that guns are dangerous while surrounded by cordons of armed security. Some animals, per Orwell, are indeed more equal than others.
All of this ought to give the Soy Boy pause. It is interesting that it doesn’t.