Â Â Â Â Â The Justice Department has just about had it with the lackadaisical attitude of many police departmentsÂ across this great land. Â Word is today that the Feds are contemplating pullingÂ Cash for CoppersÂ if police departments around the country don’t start getting their minds right.
The Justice Department is threatening to withhold millions of dollars in federal aid to local police departments unless they adopt policies that require uniformed officers to wear body armor.
Does that sound familiar? Like as in 2,223,976 other federal programs in which the participants are urged to do this and urged to do that, and then grant money is waved around to get the participants to salivate. Of course, it’s always nice to be on the good side of the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE in any case, isn’t it? Especially when Sheriff Holder is on the job.
Â Â Â Â We are not sufficiently schooled on the ins and outs of routine police work in the thousands of jurisdictions across the country to weigh in on an officer wearing body armor any time he or she is in uniform, but we quote here a police official in one city:
Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel doesn’t believe the federal government should dictate how local departments operate, including whether individual officers should be required to wear vests.
Under his department’s policy, all officers must have vests. Braziel said he will now require that officers wear vests, if only to ensure that the federal money keeps flowing. Last year, Sacramento received $45,412 for 360 vests.
Get that? The Chief doesn’t believe the Feds should dictate how he runs his force, but he’s taking the money. Such a good boy. There’s more where that came from, little man.
Â Â Â Â But do you know what’s worse than taking the goodies and knowing it’s wrong, making yourself beholden to the kindness of strangers, the agendaites of the Obama administration, or any administration of the last forty years for that matter? What’s worse is this:
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said his department is drafting a new policy to meet the new federal requirements.
“It wasn’t about the money,” Flynn said, adding that he was motivated by the Justice action to focus more attention on officer safety. In addition to new vest requirements, Flynn said there are plans to beef up security at police stations.
This wasn’t about the money, says the Milwaukee chief, this was about the Justice Department telling them what to do and how grateful they are for that because apparently, had there not been da Feds, the Milwaukee police would not know how to act.Â It is, for the Justice Department and the Obama administration, not about the money either.Â Nor is it about bulletproof vests.This police department is not the only organization around the country that apparently is not professional enough to conduct its affairs without guidance from the Beltway, and the candy train has been going full steam for so long that many of them probably really cannot function without the feds, either financially or operationally, because they have always in modern times been told not only how to act, but how to feel about it.
Â Â Â Â And so the question becomes, just how grateful are the police departments around the country going to be? How grateful have they been in the past, say, for example, when da Feds, along with da Brady Bunch have needed some support and cooperation in the fight to disarm America? See, there are some pretty important goings-on here in the next eighteen months or so, as made clear by Barack Obama’s announcement the other day that the game is officially on for another four-year run. Couple that with the fact that there has been something of a Rumble in the Jungle these last few weeks and months over the public sector unions, and there is the ongoing Thrilla in Manilla between the Feds and the States, and knowing that the vast left-wing conspiracy that is the O-team is going to be sending legions of operatives throughout the land, to many, many police jurisdictions to conduct operations which, by looking at what the left-wing thugocrats think the definition of ‘new tone’ is, may get a little ugly and certainly of a mind to bend some rules, well, if you’re a police department, who loves ya, baby? Just sayin’.
Â Â Â Â In our precincts these days there has been much angst and banter over the intent, tactics and results in these initial skirmishes over da budget and da mandate. Not being much of a strategist, analyst or tactician, I can’t weigh in definitively on one side or the other, but I have a feeling all of you are both right, or both of you are all right, or something. The candy store must be shut down and the strangers must be run out of town. And it’s also going to mean the cities are going to have to start following the lead of the States and take back their governance and cast off that which has been foisted upon them.
Â Â Â Â Finally, it is going to have to be proposed at some point that it is not only unconstitutional for one unit of governance to do unto another many of the things that have been done in our lifetimes, but that it is also unconstitutional for those sovereign entities, yea even down to the sovereign people, to cede their authority to another.