Sheriff Taylor’s Community Building Pays Off!

No big secret, the horrifying militarization of our state and local police forces is what has been mutating municipalities into war zones, where police brutality rules and the accused… be they totally innocent bystanders, guilty of non-violent crimes or anyone in between and beyond… have been needlessly winding up six feet under.

To compare and contrast that ugly scene to its diametric opposite, let’s view a couple of scenes from The Andy Griffith Show.

Granted, real life is not a TV sitcom. But, let’s consider, anyway, the late actor, Andy Griffith, who, from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968, portrayed the small screen’s, small town Mayberry Sheriff, Andy Taylor (the antithesis of the stereotypical, deep south, bigoted lawman).

True, benign Andy’s bygone, no guns approach probably would not translate well into society today… seeing how bad guys’ are now armed to the teeth with militarized WMD. Nevertheless, there are still valuable insights found within the episode ending clip, below, which exemplify the good sheriff’s countrified, no shots fired approach to fighting crime, which real life police departments’ top brass could draw on… hopefully not with drawn guns.

BTW, I recently had the pleasure of viewing the MeTV network aired, entire episode. To flesh out the missing details…

Taylor and Barney Fife, his somewhat inept but always good intentioned Deputy, team up with visiting big city cops to chase down a dangerous on the lam crook. In the process, the bad guy hoodwinks, disarms and ropes up the gullible Fife. Soon after, Andy shows up, frees up his deputy and then plays out a hunch. After uncounted years of community building, he knows an elderly woman, who they’ve both befriended, lives in a nearby cabin. When she answers the door appearing uncharacteristically flustered and even fails to complain about her ailments (the way she normally does), Andy immediately suspects she’s been taken hostage. Ergo, for the “benefit” of the unseen, behind the door felon, he casually mentions how he’d been fishing earlier and had left his boat / raft tied up, nearby. Falling hook, line and sinker for the sheriff’s “helpful hint”, the bad guy makes use of the lake for what he believes to be the perfect escape route.

I’ll let YouTuber Major Evan’s comment tell what happens to the crook next…

“For those who haven’t seen the show, or this episode, Andy actually tricked him into taking that particular raft because it was full of holes and would inevitably sink. It forced the convict to swim back to shore where the police were waiting for him.”

Ergo, the trigger happy, big city cops, who’d been hellbent on mutating Mayberry into a war zone, stand down, feeling simultaneously wowed and a newfound respect for Sheriff Taylor’s small town, no shots fired tactics. Yep, everyone (with the possible exception of the arrested bad guy) winds up whistling a happy tune… this happy tune…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violence is NOT the Answer

 

Donald Trump’s victory has, justifiably so, upset all well-informed and principled people. We’re fully aware how the next president will be a vain, avaricious, dogmatic, undiplomatic, intellectually incurious, soulless creature, who gets off on mindless discrimination, hatred and violence, which targets women, LGBTs, racial minorities, non-Christians, the aged, ailing and disabled. In addition to his unleashing societal ruin we know he’ll soon be inflicting perhaps irreversible, irreparable, economic and ecological devastation upon our world.

Within nanoseconds of his victory, Trump “successfully” emboldened legions of his low information and amoral deplorables, who, with increasing frequency and severity, have been going off on a celebratory rampage. On his behalf, they’re scrawling racist and sexist graffiti everywhere… are intimidating anyone who doesn’t measure up to their waspy standards…. are ambushing women with a barrage of dirty deeds and obscenities. His evil influence has even poisoned America’s youngest minds to the point where school kids are taunting and threatening their own classmates. [Related Story #1] [Related Story #2] [Related Story #3] [Related Story #4]

While we might be able to hold our noses and take Trump’s victory in stride, it’s been the post Election Day stench wafting off of these grotesque white supremacists and their atrocious displays that we can NEVER stomach!

It has been liberals’ anticipation of Trump’s ugly America and our watching, in horror, as this nightmare is already coming true (two months prior to Inauguration Day), which have caused our outrage to spill out into the streets… our own demonstrations, oft times, deteriorating into violence.

The fact that prez-elect Trump has, so far, only paid lip service towards healing divided America, amply demonstrates how he is either a lousy leader or, worse yet, a sadist who is enjoying what’s rapidly and rabidly becoming a feeding frenzy of hostility.

We, who can still think rationally, need to take a time-out to better understand what we’re going up against. Donald Trump possesses a closed mind attached to closed ears that rarely, IF EVER, listen to anyone. This fact raises some tough questions… such as…

  1. Beyond the emotional catharsis, just what is it that we hope our demonstrations will accomplish?
  2. Could we ever cause Donny to experience an epiphany… suddenly feel the resultant onrush of warm, heartfelt, decent human feelings? NOPE… not gonna happen!
  3. Could we ever teach him to respect humanity? NOPE… not gonna happen!
  4. Could we ever convince him to either mend his wicked ways or abdicate the power he is intoxicated with / addicted to? NOPE… not gonna happen!

Folks, Trump is beyond reason… beyond redemption… and worse yet, politically speaking, totally untouchable. With the soon to be restored, rightwing, judicial juggernaut on the U.S. Supreme Court bench… there’ll be no rulings against him… with the U.S. House and Senate’s rightwing chokehold… they’ll never impeach and remove him from office.

So… does this mean correcting this situation is utterly hopeless? That resistance is futile?

In a word… NO.  We must continue raising awareness regarding all the damage which Trump and his deplorables are doing, while being mindful of the fact that, as reprehensible as their conduct is, we must NEVER sink down to their level.

We must always take the high road to deal with these hate crimes… e.g., use our cell phones to first record and preserve visual evidence against all perpetrators and, next, encourage all the victims, along with any eyewitnesses, to call the cops.

As for our political demonstrations, we need to play some mind games… use psychological warfare… as it were…

Prime example: Let’s consider how, throughout the 2016 campaign, we saw Donny feeling rapture whenever he whipped up his supporters… got them to throw punches at any naysayers, who were attending his rallies. This all suggests that our best demonstrations could involve no demonstrations at all!

Folks, don’t you get it? The ultimate way to piss off narcissist Trump just might be to totally ignore him. Our use of passive resistance would deny him his perverse satisfaction, which could utterly devastate him… make this cowardly bully so despondent he’d tuck tale and skulk back into the pool of primordial goo from whence he spawned.

Of course I’d be remiss to not mention the inherent danger that he’d simply delude himself into believing that zero protests mean everybody now loves him.

So… realistically… long sigh… our protests must continue.

And whenever they do occur, we must never let our passions excessively govern us. We must never walk our anger down Trump’s low road. Our brains must trump brawn when we demonstrate… our movement needs a more proactive and productive methodology and venue.

The Internet / Blogosphere would provide visibility and accessibility to our noble cause… be the go-to place where our war of words can be fought and won.

We’re also going to need to find true blue liberals in the real world… candidates who are strong (but nonviolent), smart, charismatic, politically and emotionally baggage-free… folks, who’ll work within the system to change the system for the better… who’ll run for elective office at the federal, state and local levels… who’ll be funded by grass roots strategies… the few bucks here and there / small contributions from everyday, average Janes and Joes.

True, this will all take time but the sooner we start… the better. Equally true, it’s unlikely we’ll ever win over many of Donny’s deplorables but, then again, the whole idea would be to marginalize them while we energize the electorate… especially the apathetic voters who, had they not sat out the 2016 elections?

Well… we would’ve elected Hillary Clinton as our first woman president… and, would not now be facing down the dismal prospects of Donny’s Dark Ages for 4 to 8 years… as well as having to suffer the consequences regarding what are sure to be his handpicked, emotionally impaired and supremely ignorant Supreme Court judicial hacks… who’ll outlive him by 2 to 4 DECADES!!!

 

99 Word Blog (#008) XX Trumps Trump’s XY

Let’s reduce the Clinton vs. Trump issue down to the microscopic world of XX vs. XY.

Trump’s possession of / being possessed by that Y chromosome would capitalize the “T” in the word, “Trouble”. Testosterone intoxication would render “leader” Trump unfit… mislead him into believing he’s making sane decisions.

Indeed, in the heat of international crises, headless Trump would “think” with balls and not brains… would promptly bomb the crap out of his pick and choose enemies. Considering that anatomical 2:1 ratio, WTF else could anyone expect?

Clinton would favor brains over brawn. Her XX would trump Trump’s XY!