When I was in the military, we had a creed. It was simple, but it got the point across. Don’t **** your buddy. If anything you did could be construed as impacting a teamate negatively, you were dead wrong. The powers that be would rather you broke the rules and got away with it (in fact, it was even ENCOURAGED that you break some rules just as a gut check) than to have someone finger you. Rat you out. Drop a dime on you.
Apply any familiar anecdote you like there. The big issue was, and still is, don’t fuck your buddy. Why is this situation relevant to today’s story? Warsaw Pact armies (the Reds) applied a different principle. The “Party” was king, and if you saw something that affected it adversly, you better damn well speak up about it. They ENCOURAGED rats, and even rewarded them.
“So, you say Sovietskyvich was drunk on antifreeze when he crashed the helicopter? Veeery good, Comrade…….”
How would you like to live under that code of conduct? There is no one to trust, no one to confide in, no brotherhood. Just the Party. Maybe the rats felt the party was enough.
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Bright House Networks is launching a new neighborhood watch initiative Thursday.
Operation Bright Eyes is designed to maximize the eyes and ears of Bright House Networks field service representatives and other employees to easily identify suspicious behavior and to quickly report criminal activities to police.
This friendly “neighborhood watch” is called Operation Bright Eyes.
What, exactly, will these individuals be trained in? How could they possibly determine who is a “threat?” Is the guy with a Betsy Ross flag on a pole in his yard a threat? Is the girl with a roach in her ashtray “a threat?”
Who will respond to any allegations made by this neighborhood watch? Do they send the SWAT team at once, or just surveil him for a few weeks? Will their statements in court carry the weight of a “real” peace officer? Most importantly, will comments from one of these knuckleheads, eventually, be significant enough as to enable a search warrant? If so, you can kiss this:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
goodbye. Yes, I emboldened the entire Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Just because it felt so damn good. If you take nothing else away from your visit here today, please remember those words. You may not have them to rely on for much longer.
I find it hard to believe that a cable installer (no offense to any cable installers out there) has the authority to make ANY judgement call regarding a citizen in this once great Nation. I don’t care what level of training he or she may have.
As we grind our way along the path to communism, the sheeple will be convinced that the Party way is the only way, and the bonds of friendship and loyalty to peers are part of the “old ways.”
I think I’m cancelling my cable.