Defund The Traffic Police

June 13, 2020

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Defund The Traffic Police

The culture war that’s boiled in America the last three weeks, on top of the simmering Covid plague, might be the end of the United States. It is almost certainly the end of the America that was. It might also mark the beginning of an American renaissance.

Among the radical ideas that are certain to offend a plurality of us, like the desecration of monuments portraying long dead and frequently romanticized Confederates, the beheadings of statues of  Christopher Columbus and undiminished hatred toward a symbol the Confederacy called “The Blood-Stained Banner” there is one small, radical idea that almost everyone should endorse.

Can’t Go For That

I understand those bad ideas. I don’t agree with them but I can see where they came from. You can too.

Most of the monuments to Confederate heroes were erected well after the war. They were intended to be a tribute to a dying generation from a younger one. But in most academic conversations they are interpreted as excuses for the inexcusable – as a way to “rewrite History,” as if there aren’t already dozens of histories that get rewritten every day.

I personally dread the decades when they will come for the monuments to men who fought in Vietnam. It has already happened and it will happen again. Where is the America in that? What is the America in that?

I understand why black Americans are offended by the Confederate flag. It is often displayed to symbolize the sentiment,”Fuck you. We white. You ain’t.” But that is hardly all it means. It is also symbolizes a military tradition.

A disproportionate number of the men who fought in Vietnam, for example, were what the Army and the Marine Corps called “MAGS,’ which was shorthand for Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. While lesser men, particularly from the north, were pretending to have bone spurs, or one leg slightly shorter than the other or to be homosexual in order to avoid service in that last terrible war, the MAGs practically never dodged the draft and often enlisted. For them the now hated Confederate flag symbolized an honor bound, warrior culture that wasn’t afraid to fight a lost cause.

One hardly knows what to say about the vilification of Columbus. Any historian should know that Europe was literally running out of trees and running out of fish in 1492. The “discovery” of America was also the discovery of the Grand Banks and, as Longfellow put it, ”the forest primeval.” Yes, everybody understands, 80 percent or more of native Americans died. But Columbus did not kill them. Feral pigs, Small Pox and Influenza did.

Vote For This

But there is, I think, at least one idea rising out of this quasi revolution that I sincerely endorse and I think you should too: The so-called “Defunding the Police.” Parts of that “Defunding,” are certain to fail: Like taking power back from the police unions, reducing the proliferation of Bearcats and machine guns, and at least accounting for Swat raids.Those reforms will be propagandized by all sides. Be prepared. A year from now a Texas Ranger will openly weep before Congress.

Nevertheless, there is one, small improvement we can make to America on which we all should be able to agree and we can do it next week. We can end traffic stops. Say it loud and say it proud. End traffic stops!

Traffic stops, everyone knows or should know, epitomize what is wrong with American policing. When they aren’t aimed at hurried mommies doing rolling stops on the way to school they are used as a pretext to hang a gun or drug charge on otherwise innocent outlaw bikers, hoodrats and whoever else the police think is an “objective enemy of the state.”

Enemies Of The State

The political philosopher Hannah Arendt coined the term “objective enemy.’ It describes a condition one step short of criminality. It describes people who the police assume are criminals because they belong to some other identifiable category: Because they happen to belong to or associate with a motorcycle club, or they are black, or they self-identify as a neo-nazi, or they are on their way home from a mosque or a Jewish Shabbat.

I am astounded to discover that I am more in sympathy with Black Lives Matter than I ever would have thought.

I think that starting immediately all traffic stops except when necessary to prevent a clear and imminent danger to the public (like reckless driving) should be ended. Just no more traffic stops.

All traffic violations should be recorded and reported by unarmed meter maids with video cameras. If a mommy does a rolling stop mail her her ticket and include a link to the video where she can see the evidence. No more stopping rappers because their cars are too nice. No more stopping bikers because their front wheels touched a line. No more.

No more traffic stops ever. Period. No more of men with guns sauntering up beside you, demanding your papers, running your biography through the nearest fusion center, and then demanding to know why you will not acquiesce to a warrantless search.

Search why? Because some cop thinks he smells something? Or because, “based on his training and experience,” he knows that somebody who looks like you is, at least, a potential criminal.

No more traffic stops unless you are doing something like fleeing from a bank robbery. Demand that. Tell the police to stop fishing for offenses. No more traffic stops.

If America can accomplish that. then all of this noise and chaos will have been worth it and this will be a better country. Maybe the disintegration of America will even stop for a week or so.

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33 Responses to “Defund The Traffic Police”

  1. Johnny Rotten Says:

    Hes a bad motherfucker…
    dont even have to ask him..
    he will tell you..
    like the new scumbag pup we are breaking in..
    and anyone wonders why the regulars dont post anymore..
    sigh..
    we love ya Don.
    keep on keepin on.
    we will support you regardless of the stains on yer carpet.

    Johnny

  2. Gandalf Says:

    I am NO MARXIST! you said that. Kraut posted a SS motto. When I post a Marxist motto you be sure to call me on it. Until then I wanna say this; 1%er Club members were always prepared for what might be coming. FTW (to me) say’s Fuck BLM and Fuck the cops. We stand alone with each other… That said my humble advice to all clubs is to get ready for Election Day +1. At minimum have a plan. Make sure you can communicate with all your people just in case. Stock up on arms and ammo. Pick a location to sit it all out. Alone with each other. The fact may be 1%ers don’t like BLM or Cops and fighting with either ain’t FTW. IT IS COMMING and nobody cares WHO started it in a riot. You stand with your crew and “politics” mean SHIT!
    You can bet your ass I stand with NOBODY but my Friends and Family. My boys are armed to the teeth and we have a simple plan for when the cops run… AND THEY WILL!

  3. Corrupt Says:

    “You want to bring your Nazi SS BS to MY country while you wave MY flag?”

    You bringing your Marxist crap to MY country while you wave MY flag isn’t any better.

  4. Freebird Says:

    I am astounded to discover that I am more in sympathy with Black Lives Matter than I ever would have thought

    Me too

    Get one more to jump in

    Rico…..

  5. Gandalf Says:

    Was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe? Du magst Hühnchen oder Rindfleisch? Bist du ein guter Tänzer? Du magst dicke Mädchen? Wir werden dich lebend häuten!
    Halt die Klappe und schick mir noch mehr Schweine zum Töten! (Sgt Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier)

  6. Gandalf Says:

    My ancestor arrived in Jamestown Va in 1607. My namesake was a delegate to the 1st Continental Congress. My family has fought in EVERY USA war and built this Fucking country. You want to bring your Nazi SS BS to MY country while you wave MY flag? Expect #Fury.

  7. The Kraut Says:

    Hi Gandolf, Who and what I am to you is a point I don’t much concern myself with.
    What you think of me is none of my business and what I think of you is none of your business.

    Dear Rebel, my apoligies for getting off topic…I entirely agree the traffic ideas you suggested in your article.

    The Kraut

  8. Hangaround Says:

    @ Gandalf Gandalf Says:
    June 16, 2020 at 10:39 am
    I’d like to see 100 HA roll up to that “No cop Zone” in Seattle… Shake the fucking ground and appear like they are going to start shit with the protesters… Get off their bikes and post up to protect them… Make a statement… “We are tired of this cop BS too”
    A fucking men to this cause that should be the side they are on. Pig free zone in Seattle? Lets drink there, there wont be any fucking DEA helicopters flying over head.

  9. Gandalf Says:

    Can you even believe this Nazi wetback PIECE OF SHIT thinks He is an AMERICAN? My God people! My God!

  10. Gandalf Says:

    Meine Ehre heißt Treue (pronounced [ˌmaɪnə ˈʔeːʁə haɪst ˈtʁɔʏə]; “My honour is called loyalty”) is the motto of the former National Socialist organization, the Schutzstaffel (SS). FUCK YOU BITCH!

  11. The Kraut Says:

    BLM/antifa/etc…all marxist-anarchist mobs of woke children whose sense of self entitlement is poising to assist the communists goal of destroying the USA.

    I’ll stand with the real…1%’s with and without diamonds…badges who are real public servants… Americans, native born and naturalised alike who value what this nation has been, is and will continue to be. OUR HOME!

    I am the first born member of my family born in America…my family fled Communist occupation in Austria after the defeat of nationalist Germany, and I was raised listening to the account of history as it defined my families path to freedom in this country.

    Before this declaration of mine turns into a book, let me state my position clearly: FUCK-communism,socialism,leftist politics/practices/people.
    I stand by my words and beliefs…my word is my honor, my beliefs are non negotiable and firm.

    Any who disagree with my words here are welcome to go tell someone who gives a fuck…I am fresh outta give a fuck for the left and its useful idiots.

    Mein Ehre Heist Treue

    Respect to those who warrant respect

    The Kraut

  12. Gandalf Says:

    Socialism? Communism? Nobody wants that except a few Nuts. Stop believing the BS… This is about bad cops and a bad Justice system. Put the Kool Aid down.

  13. Corrupt Says:

    @Gandalf

    “BLM want what I want…”

    Do you really want a socialist/communist government?

  14. CatfishOCNY Says:

    Good on ya Rebel!

  15. Freebird Says:

    The executive order press conference today was one for the ages

    To bad they cut the feed before he stepped back from the podium

    And gave himself a blow job….

  16. white witch Says:

    @ Paladin, for a dude who has an opinion on everything your silence on this issue speaks volumes. i guess the blue line is never broken.

    ride free
    white witch

  17. ed Says:

    Todays cops are binging trained incorrectly; They are all being trained to shoot too quickly in most situations that don’t even require the use of deadly force. It seems when they roll up, the first thing they want to do is escalate the situation instead of talking to you with respect. Like the recent shooting in Atlanta; OK dude fought them and snatched a tazer. Still, no reason to gun him down; ALTHOUGH, I am a firm believer in cause and effect; Almost all the victims that the protesters are throwing a fit for PUT THERE SELF in a situation that brought police attention. That seems to escape everyone’s attention including our glorified media.

  18. Gandalf Says:

    I’d like to see 100 HA roll up to that “No cop Zone” in Seattle… Shake the fucking ground and appear like they are going to start shit with the protesters… Get off their bikes and post up to protect them… Make a statement… “We are tired of this cop BS too”

  19. Gandalf Says:

    D’s HATE that “Gang List” and Libs are the people who HATE no-knock warrants and dickhead cops. BLM and 1%ers were ALWAYS treated the same by cops. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. If Y’all can’t get past the “nigger” thing It’s your own loss. Nobody said ya gotta let them in your Club (yet) and nobody says ya gotta like them or play with them. I HATE that fucking Al Sharpton too… But I know the BLM will force Laws that will protect ME from crazy LE. MBrown was a THUG who needed to die. BLM started with MBrown. “Hand up” is PURE BS…. This is ALL true but don’t fucking matter to me. BLM want what I want… What every 1%er should want. ANTIFA is a FUCKING ADJECTIVE! Like 1%er describes a biker (noun). Trump declared an ADJECTIVE as a Terrorist org. Every US soldier in WW2 was “Anti-Fascists” (ANTIFA). Don’t think for 1 second Trump wouldn’t declare 1%ers a terrorist org…. If He could get some votes out of it. Trump said SHIT about Waco Twin Peaks…. More concerned with Flynn/Stone than any of you guys. FUCKING DISGRACE POTUS!

  20. Tomo Says:

    @Coolaid, speaking of the American police being given military weapons etc:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/05/why-are-some-us-police-forces-equipped-like-military-units

    I found it interesting that this English newspaper presented a concise summary on it’s front page of what Rebel (and you guys) has been talking about for years. I was disappointed that they didn’t allow comments on it, because it would have been interesting to see what the readers thought about it.

  21. Freebird Says:

    @ Coolaid

    Back when he knew you where drunk

    But told you low and slow get home safe

    Makes me think of Archie Bunker

    Those where the days…..

  22. Austin Says:

    @coolaid – Exactly!

  23. Coolaid Says:

    When I was a kid, cops wore blue crisp shirts, knew your name and it wasn’t a “oh fuck” moment when you saw them.. it was usually when they where needed.. first on scene when we had a chimney fire. Returning the neighbors dog when he got out.. walking the boardwalk at night..

    Then something happened.. the cars turned from white to dark colors.. windows got tinted (which is illegal for us common folk) and they became accusatory instead of seeing if you needed a hand with a jump start or flat tire.. how dare you break down in “my town” boy. Then the bright reflective letters turned dark almost the color of the paint.. the lights went inside the dash.. presumably to be able to hide better and catch that guy going 5 over.. more money for us!

    Then they started getting armored vehicles, automatic rifles, even beat cops look like swat, or even military ready to invade a foreign country. It’s no wonder everyone looks at them as the oppressors or worse the enemy.. the town I grew up in is 1 square mile.. it used to have 2 year round officers and a couple more rookies in the summer getting experience to hopefully join a department after the summer.. now it has over a dozen soldiers in black unmarked suvs..

    This is why we are where we are right now.. we no longer have police, we have military control of the state.

  24. Gandalf Says:

    I keep seeing crap on Social Media saying the HA are going to defend the cops in Seattle. “Say it ain’t so Joe” …

  25. zero Says:

    You forget West Virginia. Nobody I know ever refused to serve. Many volunteer while they are young enough to do it.

  26. Sledge Says:

    Good stuff, Rebel. Easy and effective. Both of which are why it won’t happen. I do look forward to seeing the weeping Texas Ranger, however.

  27. Dasein Says:

    Death Wish Highway, where cross traffic may or may not stop, the double yellow is merely an advisory, drunk? too high? who cares? looting next 20 exits. just don’t attempt to run from a bank robbery.

  28. Big V Says:

    I’m not saying my life would be different now if I wasn’t pulled over for a window tint violation at 1:00am in the morning, driving home from a late night at work.

    But it might be.

  29. warmick Says:

    if you end traffic stops, you might as well end traffic rules as well

  30. Freebird Says:

    Almost a change of the guard so to speak

    Until a future generation

    Finds it offensive

    Than what motherfuckers

    Checkmate……

  31. Oregon Moose Says:

    Well said, AR – well said indeed.

    I said in a previous post that I’m not philosophically opposed to BLM, Antifa, etc. I don’t necessarily agree with them on every issue. But they might be on to something with the “radical” notion of defunding the police.

    When I swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States it was so that everyone, including those I disagreed with, could enjoy the freedoms and protections thus afforded. And the police have been trampling on our constitutional rights for far too long.

    As a man who wears the color green, my worst fear has never been being pulled over by a rival group. Sure, that’s unlikely going to have a great outcome. But at least I can deal with that as a man. No, my worst fear has been being pulled over by some local law on some back country road and all the complications that can easily ensue from that. Most of us probably know at least one person who has had evidence found on them which wasn’t there before…

    In any case, great article AR.

  32. Freebird Says:

    In a fight the person to our right and left are never who we would picked

    Better understanding of unanswered prayers

    My God likes a good laugh now and than

    Me too……

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