Attention: Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

Quite a news week – today some borderline fascist county sheriff in Florida has used a million dollars of taxpayer money to set up a hotline so that people can report their neighbors for “hating the government”. Says the Sheriff:

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

There’s no need to ask my neighbors, Sheriff Bradshaw. I’ll tell you straight out: I hate the government. Now, as for your kind offer to stop by and ask if everything is OK, well, no, everything is not OK – things have in fact been pretty damned far from OK in America, and indeed in the west as a whole, for a long time now. But by all means, please do stop by, and I’ll be happy to tell you all about it, beginning with a long, detailed explanation regarding why actions like yours on the part of government officials actually cause reasonable people to start to “hate the government”. From there, we can go on to a talk centering around your unimpressive understanding of the Fourth Amendment, and of the principles that led to its creation. We can then continue with some instruction on the nature of police states in general and the sordid history of Soviet psychiatry in particular. After that, we can… well, I hope you didn’t have any other plans for the day, Sheriff Bradshaw. Telling you what’s not OK with the state of your country and the world today is going to take rather a lot of time.

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