Would you support police if the concept of police were introduced today? A quick thought experiment:
Hello everyone! I know you’ve all done pretty well defending your family yourself with, but what if I told you I have a new solution? Rather than defending yourself, I propose we dedicate some collective money together (don’t worry, we don’t have to use the ‘socialist’ word out loud if it makes you uncomfortable) and use this money to hire a new set of government employees that can enforce the laws we set for you.
You can still have your guns, but these government enforcers will also have guns. If you pull your gun out or they even think you are pulling a gun out they are 100% in their right to shoot to kill on the spot.
All this great new service will take is roughly half of all your hometown’s annual budget. We will start using that money to arm them with professional military equipment so they can better… Ummm… give out speeding tickets. Yeah, that.
It’s got all things conservatives claim to hate:
-Confusing and wasteful bureaucracy
-Armed enforcers of the state
-Literally control over citizens
-Erosion of Rights
-Relying on the government for something you could supposedly do yourself
So, anyone want to support the creation of the police in this hypothetical?
I got to thinking about this in an earlier thread. It seems that by many things about government the right claims to hate, the police should be of grave concern.