On Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the repeal of a bill passed by the Obama Administration to regulate the transfer of some specific types of military surplus to local law enforcement agencies, schools, parks etc.
The original program was established by the Clinton administration to allow local law enforcement and government agencies to obtain several articles of surplus equipment from the federal government.
The list of items include a variety of things from clothing, safety gear, aircraft, land vehicles, tactical gear even military weaponry. There is even musical instruments and big screen televisions.
It makes sense that the local agencies that qualify for the surplus transfer can find value in obtaining things like clothing, aircraft, construction equipment, communication equipment etc. Equipment such as tractors, snow cats and benign vehicles of all types can enhance a departments resources, especially the smaller departments that just don’t have the financial resources to afford some of these items on their own. As an example, major beneficiaries of acquiring such gear could enhance their search and rescue efforts.
The controversy as it stands now is the part of the transfers that include military weaponry, high powered military rifles, hand guns, armored assault vehicles, grenade launchers and even bayonets are the main concern. These were items that were to be reviewed and restricted by the Obama administration. Many law enforcement agencies around the country are returning many of these items because the philosophies and principles of these departments do not include the use of purpose built military weapons and military tactical equipment. The idea is that most, including law enforcement groups in places like Chicago, LA and Seattle are not interested in establishing a military presence within their communities.
Earlier this week the Trump administration lifted all of the restrictions imposed by Obama because according to Attorney General Sessions, this type of equipment can improve security, safety and combat the rampant lawlessness in our country.
Sarcastically, I have a conspiracy theory that puts all of these components including unrealistic immigration restrictions, foreign policy and border security together to create an autocratic and military society. Manipulating and eliminating the free press is a perfect way to get the message out to the citizens that these policies would protect.
Although this theory has not been independently evaluated, I am sure that most people will see the logic.
By building the wall we will divert drug trafficking from land to the open ocean. Since the government is cutting funding to the Coast Guard, the new plan is really to apprehend these bad hombres after they successfully navigate the waters off our sovereign shores without detection and land on American Soil.
By allowing local law enforcement to arm themselves to the hilt, we can establish check points at all city, county and State lines. There, we can capture anyone who appears to meet an arbitrary nefarious profile. The best part is that we could stop, search, check for citizenship, confirm the identity, religious allegiance and social media activity of everyone including law abiding citizens and their passengers who are just passing through.
These check points will be manned by heavily armed officers dressed in military uniforms adorned with appropriate technology. These tactics will ensure that undocumented border jumpers, drug traffickers and minorities (only the bad ones) would be caught and taken down. Should you try to escape the check points you will be brought to justice by a very large caliber bullet, a grenade or be run down by an armed assault vehicle.
The benefit to our country is that these tactics will reinforce the President’s promise that he will not tolerate any “lawlessness” in our country.
Although these practices will require minor changes to our constitution, it makes perfect sense. In order to ensure these methods work, our country will need to make a seamless transition to a government run by the government for the government which will require the dismantling of our pesky congress. We will need to expand the president’s role to include a governance more reflective of a dictatorship rather than a democracy. Putin and Russia can be the perfect model to build from.
Problem solved, we will all be thrilled that our government will take these steps to make our country great again.
Ok, I made all of this up. Actually, I am truly concerned that some parts of these ridiculous concepts could really happen and even be supported by some Americans.
We do not live in a disastrous and lawless society riddled with economic and monumental security shortcomings brought on by previous leadership. America is already great. Maybe we need to rethink who we allow to represent us.