Left Vs. Right; Feelings on Police in America

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This essay is an analysis of Group Think in American society, as it pertains to the differences in views, of the Left and Right, with regards to the Police.


The majority of people in America don't have strong feelings about most things with regards to politics. This is why a huge part of political campaigns are focused on MAKING those people care. The swing voters. The people on the center, and the people that rarely vote. It was the swing voters, the Reagan democrats, that won the election for Donald Trump. 

They just want to have good lives and aren't ideological driven. Unfortunately, the political discussion is dominated by people to the left and right of that group. So, for the purposes of this discussion, while recognizing the majority of people don't fall into either of these categories, we must also recognize that most of the political discussion is done by a vocal minority on each side. This vocal minority is in a constant battle for the hearts and minds of the majority. 

The left wing paints police as criminal thugs, bad people, dangerous, evil even, bigoted, racist, a visible expression of the patriarchy, an example of fascism, jack booted thugs with ill intent, etc. They chant things along the lines of "Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon", implying they should be killed. These are all personal attacks on the character of the police themselves. 

Their criticisms have nothing to do with the actual INSTITUTION of policing, the actual organization, the actual LAWS they're enforcing. They never mention, every single year that goes by there is a new law giving cops the right to pull you over for something. They can take your blood without a warrant. They can take your money, your property, without a warrant or accusing you of a crime. For Hurricane Irma, the cops are going around and forcefully locking up homeless people, "for their own safety". Civil Asset Seizure laws are LITERALLY legalized government theft. 

They never mention the numerous lives that are ruined, families that are ruined, because of police actually following the laws and procedures perfectly, not being racist or bigoted in any way, acting in good faith, with good intention. 
The right wing are the exact opposite. Trump is a perfect example. He continually talks about about how the police are "some of our best", or "Some of the best we have, folks, lemme tell you", or "If I could have anyone at my back, it'd be a policeman or member of the military. They're honorable noble people". Rhetoric to this effect. You might hear things like, "Sure, they do some bad things sometimes. Every group has bad people in it. Its not right to judge a whole group of people  for the actions of a few, thats the exact same thing racists do". Things of that nature.

Once again, everything is revolved around the personal characteristics, intent, and supposed virtue of the police. The exact opposite, in that regard, but strikingly similar to the fact that it has nothing to do with the actual INSTITUTION of policing. The laws, rules, regulation, restrictions that we all live under daily, and have come to accept. 

Its not an uncommon thing to get a minor traffic ticket, not be able to afford it, lose your licence, and then lose your job because you can't get to work anymore. 

Unfortunately for everyone, we can't have any of those discussions. Because everything revolves around the CHARACTER of the police, and not the actual institution of policing and our laws. This creates a sort of grid lock, like we see in Washington overall. 

Why is it this way? Because those on the right, for whatever reason, consider the police as members of their "group". They blindly favor those within the herd, the tribe. The left wing feels the exact opposite. Police are "outsiders", not group members. 

The thoughts/feelings/opinions/safety of group members is infinitely more valuable than those outside the group. The very HUMANITY of those outside your group is less. Hence why we can so easily commit genocide against one another, and go to war. We're preconditioned to dehumanize the outsider and glorify the insider. It's just evolution. Live or die together. As a single meta organism. Times of warfare or conflict greatly exacerbate this instinct. 


Submitted: September 16, 2017

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