Why You Should Root for the Maniac with the Knife (Gary Gibson) Leave it to us to take the side of a stoned, “knife-wielding maniac” against the cops. At TDV we call the US one of the most dangerous places in the world as I did in yesterday’s post. Are we employing hyperbole just to make our case against the USSA? Nope. Odds are that a US citizen or resident will do at least three things per day that could get you locked up in federal prison for years. That’s because politicians and regulators constantly come up with laws designed to legislate every behavior and transaction imaginable.
Furthermore, the US boasts an army of increasingly aggressive state-sanctioned domestic soldiers (law enforcement) who are more than willing to gun you down if you resist their attempted kidnapping for breaking one of the countless stupid rules. Even as we were putting together yesterday’s issue Darrius Kennedy was getting gunned down by cops in New York’s Time Square.
The headlines immediately point out that Mr. Kennedy was a “deranged knife-wielding man.” And that’s true. But we’re going to have to take Mr. Kennedy’s side in this. After all he was just defending himself from a bunch of sanctioned criminals in uniform when he pulled that knife.
Police initially approached him because he was smoking something that looked like a “marijuana cigarette”. Right there many of the mouth-breathing statists in the US will conclude that Mr. Kennedy deserved to be shot or at least kidnapped by government enforcers for ignoring prohibition laws about what he can put in his body. But why in the world is it illegal to smoke pot at all? Why do costumed attack dogs have the right to kidnap you for non-crimes?
Even if Mr. Kennedy was “deranged”, we still can’t blame him. What rational person wouldn’t get a little crazy living in a fascist police state like the US, especially in that nation’s most oppressive city?
I grew up in New York. Before I knew jack about the world or other cities I loved New York and was proud to live in it. Now I hope that I never set foot anywhere in NYC or its suburbs again. In fact, the entire Empire State with its gaggle of pushy pinheads like Schumer and Bloomberg can go to hell.
Of course we can expect the brainwashed masses to side with their masters. The dead man was breaking the (nonsensical) law. He dared to tell his state-sanctioned abusers to back off when they tried to kidnap him for it. So of course he had it coming.
A half dozen cops with guns against a knife. Mr. Kennedy knew when he started this that it wasn’t going to end well for him. Maybe he was indeed deranged. Probably suicidal. But I suspect that on some subconscious level maybe he was also sick of living like a slave.
Don’t you feel it too sometimes? When you slow down from a perfectly safe 80 mph to within 5 miles of the posted limit because you see a cop car? When you finish your beer before daring to take one step outside the bar or toss your cigarette before you step back into the bar? When you buckle your seat belt to drive five blocks? How about when you “voluntarily” file and pay their extortion demands (taxes)?
And even if you think a big, dreadlocked, black pot-smoker waving a knife at cops “had it coming”, could you say the same for a 71-year-old retired blue collar worker who had the temerity to speak his mind?
Tom Nielsen, a septuagenarian retired plumber from Kenosha, had the gall to yell at one of the members of the political class (in this case a smug neocon Paul Ryan who cracked a joke at Mr. Nielsen’s expense as the older man lay on the floor in handcuffs). Luckily Mr. Nielsen was only detained and not shot.
I don’t even agree with the substance of Mr. Nielsen’s outburst. He objected to Ryan calling Social Security and Medicare “entitlement programs” since Mr. Nielsen had paid into them his whole life. While I understand that Mr. Nielsen feels he’s only getting back what he paid in, fact is he isn’t. Those programs were communist Ponzi schemes from the start with only the appearance of being deposit accounts that would pay later (maybe to ease the conscience of the old people living on the backs of their descendants).
But agreement with the outburst is ultimately immaterial. The message Mr. Nielsen’s treatment conveys is this: none of us are to dare speak up or act out. If you do, you can expect to be shot or kidnapped.
While I can understand breaking under the stress of living such a meager, proscribed life in the US, I’m not willing to die or spend years in a cage. As much as I sympathize with Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Nielsen, I cannot recommend emulating their responses. Instead of complaint, protest or defiance, I’d rather just go find someplace where I can live a little freer.
Gary Gibson is the editor of The Dollar Vigilante and the former managing editor for Whiskey and Gunpowder. A graduate of Fordham University, Gary now spends his days reading about and writing on limited government, sound money, personal responsibility, and resource investing.