Police Aren’t Honorable

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## Police Aren't Honorable
The merit of police reflects the merit of the government they serve.  Would we consider nazi policemen in Hitler's Germany to be honorable?

In the US, every police officer gives an oath to uphold the constitution.  Yet, everywhere in the US there are inferior federal and state laws that go against the 2nd amendment, and the police will enforce these unconstitutional laws.  Not only does every single policeman lie in their oath to uphold the constitution, they actively tear it down.  How can you trust someone so unscrupulous?  Let's consider the best case scenario of a policeman.  A policeman swears an oath to uphold the constitution in ignorance of what is contained within the constitution.  But even this presents a lack of character - it would be lying to swear to uphold something you are ignorant of.


But, let's say this particular lack of character didn't matter; police still aren't honorable.  
The primary purpose of police is to deter crime.  Or, at least that's the nominal primary purpose - revenue generation is also a very primary purpose.  Although preventing crime might sound honorable, the honor depends on the laws that make the crime.  Is it honorable to enforce laws that disenfranchise blacks?  In today's America, we have a litany of anti american, unconstitutional laws, from drug laws to gun laws.  And, it is the police force that is enforcing these anti american laws.

But, let's say all the unconstitutional laws don't matter and we shouldn't use them to judge the merit of police.  What is the main occupation of police?  Excluding drug law enforcement, policemens' main activity is revenue generation and resolving domestic disputes.  And, although resolving domestic disputes might be useful, it carries about the same honor as being a bouncer.  So, discounting all the unconstitutionality and tyranny enforcement of police, we are left with bouncers that issue excessive traffic tickets.

Even still, police aren't all so benign as bouncers.  Through civil asset forfeiture, through benefiting from crime, such as by selective enforcement of drug laws, many policemen retire with a wealth far beyond what they were paid as police and security.

It is the nature of unbridled power that the power becomes parasitic.  And, although police still serve useful purposes, by in large, today's police aren't honorable.


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