I was on the road when my article on the police state appeared on the Campaign for Liberty site (see below), and pretty much upon our return, my husband and I set off for another trip -- our second to Louisiana to meet again with Dr. Collins. (I'll be blogging about that soon.) The upshot is that by the time I got around to checking out all the responses to my article, it was really too late to post responses of my own, and I would have liked to because there were some really great ones. This one in particular really stood out:
"I hear and have seen the results of the 'United States' increasingly
and ever expanding 'police state' for a number of years. For the past
few years, I've been keeping watch over the citizens who are stopped in
front of my house.
Most often, those 'non-white' people, citizens or not, are routinely stopped for traffic issues and their vehicles are searched (I have noticed how profiling is performed, just by looking at the vehicles and the skin color over the years).
I make sure the officers know I am watching by clearing my throat or coughing. I've seen people ordered to lay on the ground while their vehicles are searched. I've heard threats that their vehicles will be impounded. While I watch and let my presence known, the orders become softer and less severe threats are made. I call out to the officers to offer to let the vehicles to be parked in my driveway when someone lacks a drivers license; usually the 'perps' are allowed to call someone who has a drivers license to come and pick up the vehicle - since I've made my 'noise'.
It seems like my presence, and 'noise' does make a difference."
This is an amazing example to me of what every one of us who opposes the growing police state can do. It doesn't require belligerence or putting yourself in harm's way, all it requires is simply standing there and observing -- and making sure that the (real) perpetrators know that you're observing. As this guy can attest, it does make a difference in the officers' behavior. And while it may not seem like something that's going to eliminate the police state, I bet it makes a big difference to some of those people lying on the ground being threatened and yelled at.