Libertarian Commentary on the News #12-41D: Self Defense – not

I commented on this story earlier, sent to me by fellow Knight of Non-Aggression, Sir Carl.  But now, I have something nasty to contrast it to, and a reminder to ALL lovers of liberty to make sure that you understand how warped and twisted the general public mindset can be on matters of defense – both personal and national.

Houston officer kills double amputee in wheelchair
“A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen.”

Carl said: The two armed cops felt threatened, by a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair.

In the same way, look at this next story, from CNSNews.com:

Poll: Most Americans Reject Isolationism, See U.S. As ‘Force for Good in the World’
Most Americans reject isolationism, do not believe the U.S. spends an excessive amount on defense, and say it’s important for the U.S. to continue playing a significant role in global affairs, according to a new opinion poll.  The commissioning organization, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), says the findings show that “foreign policy matters” in the election campaign, despite assertions to the contrary.

Yes, foreign policy matters.  And I do not object to the idea that the US is a force for good in the world, because so much of the rest of the world is in such bad shape.  It does not mean, however, that the US is a force for good in EVERY place it gets involved in the world as a government, and especially not as a military player.  Nor does it mean that I do not believe that we spend an insanely excessive amount on defense – most of which is NOT in fact, “defense.”

But this shows how well we as a people have been cozened and buffaloed for the last 60 years, since our “isolation” ended with Pearl Harbor (including the lies about how we were “neutral” until 7 DEC 1941).  People have been convinced and feel deep in their souls that white is black, evil is good, right is wrong, and meddling everywhere and anywhere is being a “force for good.”  Just as that cop and the people there in that town were firmly convinced that the one-armed, one-legged, man in a wheelchair with a pen was a “threat” to the cop that justified use of deadly force.   That cop has clearly NOT learned (or has unlearned) the skill to recognize what is truly a threat.  Until we can learn that lesson on an international, federal, state, and local level, we will NOT be a force for good much (or even MOST) of the time: that we have to see beyond our assumptions to what is real.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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