The word is absurd.
Oh, it’s the same word, used as a noun or adjective and applied to totally ridiculous situations, people, acts, etc. What made me think of this word? News stories from the United States, of course.
There have been several articles in various media about the arming of police forces with military equipment. I do not understand why the police need rocket launchers, grenade launchers, armored vehicles, etc. I do not understand the spread of SWAT teams. I do not understand or agree with the need for such brutality. A key factor must be the gun culture that has reached the stage of being the national religion.
I live in a town of about twenty thousand. There is no police station. The closest police station is in a small city, about ten miles away. Police tend to react and do not go looking for trouble. The only uniformed officers one spots in the city are those writing parking tickets. The only time one sees police at a school is when they are instructing children of bicycle safety.
Which country do you think has a better quality of life? In which country is there less fear? In which country do people feel safer? In which country does the word absurd apply, when discussing law enforcement?
Just asking…(a phrase I learned from Fox News jerks)...
There was a bit on the Daily Show (as well as an article in The New Yorker) about police in Texas “stealing” money from motorists, which they had stopped on the highway. Supposedly, this is legal in many states. Although the money was obtained legally and belonged to the people stopped, the police gave them the choice of handing over the money or their children. What kind of Sophie’s Choice is that? What kind of country permits that? Would illegal immigrants take the risks to reach the United States, if they knew what they would face? They end up in a country where it’s easier for the police to get away with highway robbery than criminals.
Because people are too cheap to pay taxes, communities must send their officers out on the street to vacuum up funds from under the seats of passing cars. Sad…
But, this is country, especially Texas, is god’s gift to humans. The greatest nation that ever existed. Somehow, I am reminded of stories of robbers haunting travels in the Dark Ages and before. What progress has been made in the world? The answer: there are politicians and lawyers making crimes legal.
I see that others have noticed something I wrote about months ago. None other than the ACLU, with the Guardian reporting, have a firm grasp of the obvious.
And, of course, there is impunity for bad decisions: having SWAT teams and the things the do…
For some reason, I am reminded of scenes from the movie Judge Dredd.
Enough has been written and said about the various groups demonstrating against the government or the banks: either pro or contra, either serious or humorous, either informed or ignorant.
Watching recent footage of the police attacking peaceful demonstrators, I could not help but recall similar images from the Vietnam era. There is one documentary about a university in the mid West, at which the authorities were particularly pigheaded and brutal. For the police, the demonstrators were more hated than many soldiers “hated” the Viet Cong. Students were brutally beaten for expressing an opinion about deceitful and now proven wrong policies of “their” government.
Right or wrong, the police always overreact and attack. For some reason, holding all the weapons does not alleviate their fear of someone armed only with a different opinion.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.