Look, don’t kid yourself. This Internet(s) meme of Lt. John Pike — a cross between Buford Pusser and Barney Fife — is just a bit, a riff, some cyber graffiti. That’s all. But it should be more. He should enjoy iconic status — negative iconic status. He’s emblematic of what’s wrong wit this country, a country teeming with zombified, flag-waving Boeotians who repeat with a slack-jawed mumble the mantra that “we’re the bestest country in the whole dang world.” Just what the hell does does that mean anyway?
It should shock Americans and remind them how the hyper-militarization that I’ve spoken about is now a pandemic. Barney Pike is a symptom of a greater problem. Violence is escalating. That which is accepted is as well. TSA gate rapers, glorified federalized skycaps with badges, are free to grope, manhandle and sexually batter an unsuspecting submissive public all under the false flag specter of terrorism.
The number of Taser abuses is skyrocketing. Entire YouTube channels have been devoted to such. “Don’t Tase me, Bro!” is right up their with “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Kids are being handcuffed, arrested, booked and carted off to the hoosegow for behaviors that would never have warranted physical arrest 20 years ago. What happened?
And the Occupy Movement really showed us what police abuses are all about.
And during our postprandial perennial shopping orgy, Black Friday, citizens themselves have joined the pepper spray/O.C. bandwagon, blasting fellow shoppers for a flat screen or toaster oven. We’re devolving, kids. Just look around.
And it’s going to get a whole lot worse.