Several commentaries have been offered on the internet about Ferguson, Missouri. Mora particularly, those comments have been made regarding the arming of police forces with “combat gear.” A more balanced response is necessary.
One such post was right here on the Utah Politico Hub; “Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State.” It was written by David Rogers, whom I admit I do not know.
In his post Rogers asserts “Many agencies now have the tools and equipment to impose substantial power and control on their communities if necessary. And the problem with giving men in authority nothing but hammers, especially in an Obama-driven era of bigger and more overbearing government, is that they eventually assume they should treat everything as a nail.”
To be forthright I believe the post is somewhat “thin soup” in its entirety. Yet, setting that aside I comment on the above quote. It is an assumption.
This being a community heavily influenced by Mormon theology we have but to look at General Moroni in the Book of Mormon to perceive an alternate view. Without going into details (presuming knowledge from those that care) Moroni heavily armed and protected his warriors and community against the threat of violence. In fact, I believe his entire life was wrapped somewhat in the perpetual preparation. He provided body armor. fortifications and weapons to give his “police force” a clear advantage over assailants. In fact, at one point, the enemy was in “shock and awe” at the sophistication of Moroni’s troops.
Those easily offend by my implied proposition will be quick to say that it was an army and it was war…and, it was necessary. I hear their heartstrings twang with exceptions to their own professed principle. Se le vie.
So, I then offer the fact that General Moroni in frustration threatened the govern of the land with insurrection. In essence Moroni said that if the government didn’t do as he wanted, he would march on the capitol and whip them into compliance. Now, the “war machine” had become the “police state.” At least in theory it had become such.
Lest I leave the impression that I disagree with Moroni or think him bad. let me emphasize: I DON”T.
In conjunction with Moroni’s mission to prepare for the inevitable wickedness of men he managed himself. He constantly was at war with his warrior skills. Repeatedly during his tenure as general he offered ALL enemies the opportunity to “lay down their weapons of war” and depart in peace. But, when they refused, he did not weaken himself to be on a level with them.
There are hammers and there are nails, as Mr. Rogers pointed out. To have both in abundance may appear to some as an overstocked workbench. However, one alternate view, “The Balanced Response,” if you will, is not to fear the presence of the tools. Rather, it is better to always be mindful of when, where, and how the nails should be driven. That is a lesson learned from a truly great general.
That Is The Way I See It.