Taking Make-Believe Too Far

Lawmakers are like authors of speculative fiction. They create imaginary worlds in their minds, then put them on paper for others to read. But their worlds–their words—are still only works of fiction.

Nothing they write can create the right to forbid tools of self-defense, or create zones where they are forbidden.

Nothing they write can make it wrong to grow or consume a plant.

Nothing they write can make it OK to require a license for any activity.

Nothing they write makes their fictional world real.

But, there we have a problem.

Cops–which includes police officers, sheriffs and their deputies, armed federal employees, ICE agents, or anyone who works for a government and commits armed law enforcement–are like cosplayers who take the fiction too seriously. Seriously enough that they take its cues to commit kidnapping, theft, rape, murder, and any other form of molestation they can get away with.

This is why no matter how bad congress, city councils, judges, presidents, or any other government extremist lawgiver might be, cops are always worse. Cops are the foundational problem– well, that and the belief in “authority” that allows them to get away with it.

Cops take make-believe too far.

Cops are the real bad guys.

Cops are where the boot heel of tyranny meets the human face.

Without them, the fiction of the lawmakers couldn’t hurt anyone.

Cops can never be good guys, and must always be exposed for what they are.

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Kent McManigal

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