No joke. During a recent City Council meeting, Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite said the following:
I am a soldier in an army.
This comment alone is damnable enough, but if you watch the video you get a frank reflection on how this police chief sees himself and his officers. Other police chiefs may claim the contrary, but one has to remember Hite spoke within the context of a meeting mainly comprised of government officials. Very few members of the public, if any, were there.
In other words, this is how they speak when John and Jane Q taxpayer are not around.
To anyone who might come across this who is not a libertarian, let me ask you something: In what world can a police chief say such a thing and not be fired? How is it any different than if he were to say the police force is a gang and they follow their own law? At what point are these people held accountable for their actions and the words that come out of their mouth?
Ever wonder why the Founding Fathers insisted on the right of ordinary citizens to keep and bear arms? It wasn’t just to repel an invasion. It was to ensure that if a standing army in the country became too powerful they could fight it and have hope of victory.
In An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, Noah Webster of Webster’s Dictionary remarked:
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”