It’s hard to understand the bizzaro-world where authoritarians live. As a skeptical person, I tend to think about what authority figures say, and question their motives and whether what they’re saying even makes any sense at all.
Any of us who don’t encounter authoritarian propaganda constantly probably don’t have any idea what kind of reality-bubble they consumer-base live in:
It’s coincidental that the “thugs” he shows pictures of, and threatens, are all people of color, and the black people in the video are not openly brandishing weapons, while all the white people are. This tough-talking, inarticulate thug is not a very good spokesgoon by any measure. He’s also not very good at the basic thinking: those people he is threatening to come and get, probably don’t want a fight with him, they probably want him to Go The Fuck Away. I am not even from Louisiana but I do not feel like I could get a healthy serving of justice from this blustering creep.
For those of you who don’t have the intestinal fortitude to watch his raving, he says @1:00:
I’ll meet you on solid ground any time, any where, light or heavy – makes no difference to me. You won’t walk away. Look at you! Men like us? We do dumbbell presses with weights bigger than you.
These is an impressively tough invitation to battle, coming as it does from a guy who’s carrying military weaponry and wearing defeat level 3a armor and trauma plates, backed up by almost 30 men comprising his goon-squad. Would I want to try a piece of him? Maybe an air-strike.
The problem with this kind of posturing is that he’s telling lawbreakers that there’s absolutely no point trying to de-escalate. Imagine if you’d seen this video and were being pulled over for a traffic stop in his little slice of police-state: would you be confident that you were about to receive fair, and safe, treatment from the police?
Since the 80s, the US has been militarizing its police force, and the establishment has been facilitating this sort of clown. Somewhere, there is a police commissioner clutching their temples, imagining all the lawsuits that are going to be created…
…except that he apparently was quietly asked to step down.[la]
I wonder where he’ll wind up next? Ferguson? Minneapolis? Baltimore? Los Angeles? There is a rotating ODESSA for cops, just like the catholic church’s rotating protection program for pedophile priests. I have added captain Higgins to my search interests so, when he eventually kills somebody, we can watch everyone clutching their pearls about what a great peace-loving cop he has been.
It’s funny that people recoil in horror at the stuff ISIS says, and we’ve got people who think the same way, working as cops.
It turns out the unarmed black people in the picture are representatives of the local parishes; he invited a few authoritarians from the community to join in his Fight Club fantasy.