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Another American Hero

Just like Dr. Henry Louis Gates, the man in this video is an American Hero

In situations where most of us would have avoided exercising our constitutionally-protected rights out of fear of the persecution of an incompetent union cop, Dr Gates stood up for himself. Likewise, in situations where some would have been afraid of the Secret Service, the man in the video stood up for himself.

More important, Gates stood up for the First Amendment. This man stood up for the Second Amendment. Both stood up for the Constitution.

The difference? The Secret Service is a highly trained and professional organization. It respects the Constitution.

Sgt. Crowley, by contrast, is an ex-EMT whose other high profile failure was the death of Reggie Lewis.

The Secret Service is a top-notch organization, trained and professional, and my hat off to them.

Crowley should be indicted.

Peace? or the Constitution?

Our judges, leaders, law-makers, and war-fighters swear to protect the Constitution. Others argue it is inconvenient to do so, and the police should be transformed into a quasi-legal militia force to fight “actual criminals” (as opposed to what? de jure criminals?)

I do not worry too much about over-aggressive cops as a public menace. Where I live, the actual criminals are menace enough…

I am sympathetic to this argument. The Constitution is not a suicide pact, even if we industrialize death to defend it. Deep in our violent creed is the conviction that there are some things so dear, we expect others to die for it, if not ourselves.

While Dr. Henry Gates is clearly a Hero of the Constitution for standing up to the rogue (and armed!) Sgt. Crowley, others insist that Crowley is a Hero of the Peace for standing up to a rude (and impatient!) home owner.

So given our Constitution or Peace for our war-fighters what do we choose? All but pacifists, it seems, would choose the Constitution. Given our Constitution or Peace from “real criminals” what do we choose? Many choose Peace.

To get to the answer to this dilemma, of course, we need to go through the horns.

We need to stop criminals from ever being born in the first place.

That’s coming.

We had a President opposed to manipulating life before it was formed. That’s over.

We will have Peace and we will have our Constitution.

We will have new generations better than any in history.

We will live in a world, radically artificial twice over.

We haven’t begun to see what it will hold.