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Separately, the American Civil Liberties Union notes:
The police officers on our streets and in our neighborhoods are not soldiers fighting a war. Yet many have been armed with tactics and weapons designed for battle overseas. The result: people – disproportionately those in poor communities and communities of color – have become targets for violent SWAT raids, often because the police suspect they have small amounts of drugs in their homes.
Even elements within the U.S. Department of Justice fret that sticking cops "in black battle dress uniforms" is "creating barriers between the police and the community."
Fans of big, intrusive government—at least, the non-monstrous ones—will argue that they didn't mean to do it that way. They just want to make some improvements, regulate away evils, and imprison bad huys. Just let them get it right...
But none of this is new. In 1844, Ralph Waldo Emerson cautioned:
Republics abound in young civilians, who believe that the laws make the city, that grave modifications of the policy and modes of living, and employments of the population, that commerce, education, and religion, may be voted in or out; and that any measure, though it were absurd, may be imposed on a people, if only you can get sufficient voices to make it a law. But the wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.
Much influenced by Emerson, and anticipating Rummel by over a century, Henry David Thoreau commented, "'That government is best which governs least'...Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — 'That government is best which governs not at all.'"
After reviewing the evidence of what government does and the mess it leaves in the process, that's a good rejoinder to those who would expand the state into every nook and cranny of our lives, imposing more regulations than we can count, enforcing them with armies of goons, imprisoning those who resist—and, inevitably, stacking the bodies high as government accumulates and wields new power.
It's just good sense to be antigovernment, when the alternative is so unacceptable.