Thursday, September 6, 2012

Get. Used. To. It.

4 words. These 4 words have been bugging me for a couple of days, and I've been trying to figure out how to word it, so here's my attempt.

I blog a lot about cops being abusive assholes and how the courts almost always seem to say, "well, he's a cop, so... Let's just say he's innocent." The reason I do, is because of those 4 words: Get used to it.

I don't know about you, but I hear these 4 words a lot, and the whole idea disgusts me because the defeatism it contains at its center. "Politicians are corrupt. Get used to it." "Sure cops can get a little violent sometimes, but their job is dangerous. Get used to it." Pretty soon, (around this time next year) you'll be hearing, "Yeah the government is tracking everything you say and do, but it's for your own good. Get used to it."

I'll never get used to the idea of getting used to it. It doesn't make sense to me, especially in a country founded on the premise of individual liberty.

The problem is, we got used to it. The cops and military got used to just following orders, no matter how reprehensible and contrary to the idea of America they were. That's how Presidents Wilson and Roosevelt were able to round up dissenters and Japanese Americans. We love to say "This is America, it can't happen here," completely neglecting the fact that it already has. Ron Paul gets mocked for not liking the idea of a border fence, because it could potentially be used to keep people in instead of out. Not 6 fucking months later, there's the Expatriation Act, where you have to forfeit a chunk of your already taxed income if you chose to move out of the country.

And we're getting used to it. We got used to an intrusive TSA after 9/11, and we're going to have to get used to them strip searching our 3 year olds in a back room because they might have a bomb. We got used to cops using force to bust bad guys, and now we don't seem to even flinch when they use force against the good guys. We got used to Presidents using drones to kill bad guys over seas, and now we're getting used to Presidents killing American citizens without a trial because fuck you, you don't get to know why.

How much are we willing to get used to? How can the "slippery slope" argument be so ridiculous when you're already 3/4 of the way down the slope?

And, just because it's not really a blog post without a link, here's a brilliant song about Big Brother, via TheAgitator.

And I'll leave you with a quote. "The sky is falling, but no one will lift their eyes to see. The sky is falling, but no one will care as long as it lands overseas." - Dustin Kensrue

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