“You can’t handle the truth!” That famous line was delivered by Colonel Nathan Jessep, played by legendary actor Jack Nicholson in the 1992 film, A Few Good Men. Most of you probably remember the line, but many likely do not remember that A Few Good Men had an important moral to the story.
(Spoiler alert) In the film, two young Marines are accused of murdering another Marine. In the climactic scene, Col. Jessep is put on the witness stand and delivers that line before admitting that he actually ordered the attack on the Marine who was killed. At that point viewers think that the bad guy got caught and the two Marines who carried out the order will be acquitted, but that is not what happens. While they are cleared of murder and conspiracy charges, they are found guilty of “conduct unbecoming a United States Marine.” In other words, “I was just following orders” is not a good excuse for doing the wrong thing.
This leads to my plea to the police in our country. I have always been very supportive of law enforcement and we should all appreciate what they do. They put their lives on the line to fight crime and keep us safe. They are often frustrated to see the criminals that they apprehend get away with their crimes or get weak consequences because of pro-criminal Democrat district attorneys and judges. They are also slandered as racists by obsolete race-baiters trying to stay relevant and a media that loves to stoke conflict and anger. These officers deserve our respect, gratitude, and support.
This should not, however, be blind support. In fact, we need to beware of the police. Most of you are probably surprised to hear that from me. It is certainly not for the reasons that the left tells us to beware when they claim that the police are racists who are out hunting black people. That is a lie. The police are not likely to do evil things because they are terrible people who plan to do them. The danger is that they will do evil for the same reason that the two Marines did in A Few Good Men. They will do it because they are following orders.
It is already starting to happen. We saw the Canadian Mounted Police cracking down on truckers who just wanted to do their jobs. We saw the Australian police beating down people in the streets for disobeying ineffective, unnecessary lockdown and mask orders. Police have even been used in some places to shut down churches. Governments around the world are testing not only if their citizens will obey ridiculous, overbearing, and inhumane decrees, but whether the police in their countries will put following orders ahead of morality and carry them out.
This is not a new phenomenon. Tyrannical, totalitarian governments need a way to enforce their edicts and make sure the people do as they’re told. This requires a police force that will robotically follow orders. The Gestapo, the SS, and the KGB probably come to mind first, but every brutal dictatorship or despotic regime in history has had an enforcement arm to keep the people in line. Without it, governments do not have the power to oppress their people.
This is why I am warning you to beware of the police. The left is getting bold and is already trying to take more control over our lives. They will eventually need to rely more and more on force to crack down on innocent citizens who are simply trying to live their lives and support their families. Authoritarian governments will need to use police, along with massive economic pressure, to enforce overbearing rules on businesses, guns, “climate change,” and speech codes to silence opposing voices, among other things.
Does that mean we should defund the police? Of course not. It just means that we should remind them why they chose to become police officers in the first place; to help people. To the police officers reading this, here is my plea to you: Please do not let corrupt politicians use you to do their bidding. In the past couple of years, some of you may have been asked to use force to shut down businesses that were not obediently closing or that were not requiring customers to wear masks. If you took part in that, you engaged in “conduct unbecoming a police officer.” You are probably not cut out for that job and should find a new career. Might I suggest opening your own restaurant and not allowing people to go there?
Am I saying that police should disregard orders as a general rule? No. There certainly has to be a chain of command. Just laws need to be enforced. If laws are enforced inconsistently then criminals will run wild on our streets like is happening in Democrat-run cities all around the country as we speak. So, where is the line police officers should use to determine if they should follow orders without it becoming a slippery slope into lawlessness? The long answer is a little more difficult and requires some biblical wisdom and discernment. On the bright side, there is a cheat that you can use to illuminate that line. It is similar to a cheat my wise father told me about voting. He said, “If you look at the Los Angeles Times endorsements and vote the opposite, you will almost always be voting correctly.” Likewise, right now, Democrats and the media demonize the police. You may soon hear Democrats and the media coming out in support of the police and saying that law enforcement should be taking a larger role in enforcing certain rules (especially new rules). At that moment you will know the police are being used for evil. It is then that officers should start to question their orders, and also when the citizens should beware of the police.
Always remember, Germans who put Jews on trains to Auschwitz were just following orders. Russians who sent “political dissidents” to the Gulag were just following orders. Officers, if you are ordered to close businesses for “climate” violations, instead defend the business. If you are told to crack down on “hate speech” or to arrest “political dissidents” in a country where our Constitution protects the God-given right to free speech, you are obligated to refuse. You are the good guys. Please stay that way.