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Law Enforcement from the Perspective of soon to be Former Law Enforcement

It Started With a Whiskey Tax

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton said, “Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.” He was basically saying is that in order to secure the newly formed government, it needed to have great strength. This concept was put to the test with the 1791 Whiskey Tax.

Hamilton’s commitment to this idea was clear following the Whiskey Insurrection. The federal government imposed a tax on Whiskey, which disproportionately affected the farmers who grew ingredients that made whiskey. And to the famers, the tax was viewed as unfair.

The newly approved “sin tax” was targeting products the government deemed harmful or undesirable. Products such as tobacco, sugar, and alcohol. The farmers who made of living on these things, being taxed into bankruptcy and feeling that this tax was passed without local representation (you know – the same thing we went to war over) executed the first tax protest.

Hamilton suggested federal military intervention to put down the rebellion. And although President Washington opposed, he trusted his right hand man. Ultimately, military forces entered Pennsylvania and scattered or arrested many of those who had taken arms against the enforcement. Several would be killed in skirmishes between insurgents and government officials.

Why am I bringing up the first statist overstep and a failed insurrection?

Because that is the first case of where law enforcement went wrong.

Instead of listening to the people and their concerns, Hamilton established an “Us vs Them” mentality in the very people who swore oaths to protect the people they attacked.

What was it for? A puritanically influenced law that forced people out of money they earned? This is not so different than what is happening today.

Moving Forward

Not only are we as citizens coerced on a daily basis at the end of a gun barrel – or the threat of the very cages I unfortunately work at – but if we happen to get in their way, we are gunned down or squashed under their boot like an insect.

Case in point – last week’s horrifying events in Florida. In case you’re living under a rock, 2 armed assailants robbed a jewelry store and then took a UPS truck and it’s driver hostage in a failed getaway attempt. 19 local municipal tyrants surrounded the vehicle on the freeway and, putting 200 rounds into the truck while using civilians cowering in their vehicles as meat shields, killed the hostage, both robbers, and a bystander caught in the crossfire.

They have clearly shown that our lives are not worth more than several sparkly rocks. The lads and I at flintlocks4freedom see this everyday in prison as Corrections Officers.

Men are thrown being thrown in prison for victimless crimes such as child support errors, consuming a substance (natural or manufactured), or simply just a misunderstanding.

On the other hand we deal with murderers, rapists, child molesters, and violent thieves who have all broken the NAP (non-aggression principle).

We are told not to look up the prisoners’ violations. To treat them all the same, and to enforce arbitrary rules. Rules like ‘no passing food or electronics to one another’. ‘No altering one’s clothing.’ And my personal favorite, ‘no hats inside’ (Corrections Officers are exempt from this one).

We are expected to blindly follow orders with no deeper thought, logic, or explanation why, and hyped up so that we may be as aggressive as allowed. This leads to dangerous situations – such as treating a freeway like a war zone.

A Personal Evolution

I was recently asked why I became an ANCAP. There’s a lot of lead up to it. Like the countless stories I hear from LEO friends about how they had to walk out an officer for rape, beating a spouse, or planting evidence. My facility has had our fair share of dirtbags.

In the end it comes down to a transport detail I’m assigned to. One inmate in the van is serving 8 years for transporting 35 grams of weed. Another is serving 2 years for spousal assault.

This blind worship of the government creates sheep waiting for slaughter. We accept obvious wrongdoings and we tell ourselves things like, “that won’t ever happen to me.” “Well that sucks, but technically it is illegal,” “If you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear.”

I never know how to end these things so I’ll leave you with this thought: I’m an ANCAP because our rights are slowly eroding. Look at places like California. At what point will we decide that enough is enough? Or do we simply wait until we’re slaves, and hope the next generation will redeem us?


J Flintlock

Former prison guard and U.S. Army officer, radicalized by the very system he swore an oath to. Send hate mail to @FlintlockFction on Twitter or @LeverAction4Liberty on Instagram

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