22 January 2011
More of What We Do Not Like
Generally, we do not support the RCMP as much as we used to. Not near as much. This shift of support just might be the most significant political change in our lifetime. And the most unexpected. The government knows this too but are negotiating a new long term policing servicing contract with the RCMP anyhow. The government never has any trouble giving us more of what we do not like. It is the very essence of democracy.
Used to be the RCMP would fuck up and we would give them the benefit of the doubt. Yes they would fuck up now and then but overall we were happy with the service provided. Nobody said much if something went wrong and if they did speak up nobody listened.
Now when a cop gets out of line witnesses brandishing cell phone cameras rush to come forward and previous victims of the out of line cop come forward in solidarity with their tales of police brutality. The hand held video camera has been one of the catalysts for our lack of confidence in the RCMP. But so too were the $100,000 dollar payment to serial killer Clifford Olsen; the lengthy prostitute killing spree of Willy Picton; and the enduring embarrassment of the free as a bird surviving Air India bombers.
Not much to it really: we do not want our country's laws to be enforced with so little regard to public safety. Is that too much to ask?
I think we just might be better served if we replaced the RCMP with our own provincial unit. That does not look like it is going to happen in my lifetime and that is too bad because it is going to take some fixing for the RCMP to get back in the good books of the people of Canada and that is too bad because when the people do not respect the police you know what you have got then: Anarchy, my friends.
Let it rock.