Time to cross off Rand Paul as serious GOP Prez cand for 2016: Wants Demilitarize the Police
I used to be high on Rand Paul but now it’s time to just put him aside and not waste time with him. He’s gone overboard pandering to various groups and his latest call to demilitarize police shows a serious lack of understanding of what a police force actually is and the job they have to do.
The outrage in Ferguson is understandable–though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.
The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action.
Glenn Reynolds, in Popular Mechanics, recognized the increasing militarization of the police five years ago. In 2009 he wrote:
There is a big difference between a police force and a military force. Both have very different jobs that are not interchangeable just because they may use similar equipment. Just because the NYPD have uses M-16s does not make them the 101st Airborne.
Originally posted at The Last Tradition
But it was really James Thurber who turned me on to this poem, which has been going through my head
Over at the Prospect, they say, “We asked 100 writers and thinkers to answer the following question: Left and right
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