Things Taken For Granted in Police State Amerika (Northern Exposure Edition) (William Norman Grigg)
Wednesday May 14th, 2014
My apologies: This advertisement was actually produced by a Canadian realtors’ association, not one in California, as I erroneously reported. Canada appears to be about six months to a year behind the USSA in its descent into abject despotism. My thanks to LRC reader William Hinds for catching the error.
By the most conservative estimates, on the typical day in the American soyuz at least 100 SWAT raids will take place, most of them targeting non-violent offenders. A large percentage of that total will involve military-style invasions staged against entirely innocent people, often as the result of sending the Berserkers to the wrong address.
Midnight or early-morning SWAT assaults are so commonplace that an association of Realtors in California Canada used this police state practice to illustrate the supposedly indispensable services its members provide to the public. The point of this purportedly comedic vignette is this: Since SWAT raids are permanent facet of the system in which we live, you’re to blame if you find yourself being terrorized in your bed by heavily armed thugs in body armor, especially if you bought your new home without the aid of a government-licensed professional.
This specimen of niche-market rent-seeking demonstrates the extent to which the police state has metastasized into the very marrow of American society. It should be added that the commercial rather implausibly ends without the terrified couple being “proned-out,” dragged away in shackles, and charged with something to “justify” the home invasion.