I always thought that Wheeling, West Virginia (with its 50+ checkpoints per year, elderly population and ridiculously high ratio of citizens to cops) was the DUI checkpoint capitol of the world. Perhaps we'll be forced to relinquish that title to Murfreesboro, TN. The second the cop hollers at this man - "HOW OLD ARE YOU?" with that southern good 'ol boy barbeque twang, I knew it was going to be one helluva ride.
But the anger I feel after watching that bullshit runs so much deeper. I think a lot of it stems from the 2008 Obama/McCain election. Allow me to explain.
During the heated campaign, Sarah Palin was often heard stoically yammering on and on about how Senator Barack Obama "pals around with terrorists." Along with the ingenious slogan "Drill Baby Drill", this was pretty much the essence of the VP campaign which overshadowed McCain's bid for the presidency. But Saf, aren't you all about supporting even the most extreme elements of freedom of speech? What... with all your never-ending talk of cellular-induced stampedes? Well perhaps. But there is a limit. Here's why this cop is a troubling microcosm of the evisceration of the 4th Amendment (protection against illegal search and seizure).
When Palin would endlessly recite Obama's ties to domestic terrorism, she did our country an irrevocable disservice. Although Obama won in an electoral landslide, the popular vote and red/blue color of the map looked considerably different.
|Barack H. Obama||Joseph R. Biden, Jr.||Democratic||69,499,428||52.87%||365||67.8%|
|John S. McCain, III||Sarah H. Palin||Republican||59,950,323||45.60%||173||32.2%|
Now think about it. Especially in these redder, rural, low income, low information, more hostile, confederate states south of the Mason Dixon line - the voting population sided with the Republican candidate. I have no problem with this. But when McCain (an older, white war hero) lost to Obama (mixed ethnicity, Harvard intellectual), it left a horrible taste in these peoples' mouths. They felt angry, bitter and betrayed. Hence, the evolution of the Tea Party and the Mitch McConnell obstruction-at-all-costs directive.
Now here's the correlation with the asshole cop video. All these Southern cops who opposed Obama because he was a socialist, or a terrorist, or he wasn't a real U.S. citizen... well all that sentiment didn't magically vanish. Instead it festered. And it was really grounded in pure hatred and this seething contempt. Years later, these people are finally realizing that the dominance of the Caucasian male is over. In layman's terms, the GOP is in deep shit. The GOP should be GODP (Grand Old Disintegrating Party).
But wait one cotton pickin' minute, how the fuck could all these people vote for someone who "pals around with terrorists?" Isn't it logical to assume that if you hang out with terrorists, than you are by definition "a terrorist." And if you voted for a terrorist, that likely makes YOU a terrorist. These would seem like reasonable conclusions.
Now chew on this. If I'm a small town cop and I pull someone over who has an Obama/Biden bumper sticker, than I'm obviously concerned about whether or not that person is a terrorist. Hell, it's what the Republican propaganda machine and Fox News says... so it must be true. And hey, I'm a law enforcement officer entrusted to protect Americans from the evil-doers who are trying to destroy our way of life because they "hate our freedom."
Saf, are you implying the driver in that video was an Obama supporter? Well, I can't make that assertion. But I do know the mindset of the cop. And I am sure of one thing - even though I don't know the pig personally, I do know that he is committed to stopping terrorism. But here's the obvious discrepancy. There aren't any terrorists in Murfreesboro, let alone the entire state of Tennessee. But there sure are a lot of people who drink and drive and do drugs. Well, I reckon I'll make my rocky top home state a safer place if I go after these hedonistic substance abusers (you know, the ones who drink beer and smoke pot). So there becomes this bizarre merging of terrorism and DUI checkpoints. We live in a land where that tiny dicked, pork-bellied abrasive loudmouth is gradually programmed to think that everyone he stops could be a potential threat. They may not be the actual enemy, but they're the next best thing. I must do my part as an ambassador and enforcer of the law. These people who enter my checkpoint - they're what's available, so it's my duty to take them down and protect my fellow citizens all under the guise of patriotism.
That's the underlying theme and it ain't goin' away anytime soon. Sickening.
The funny part... I voted for Obama in 2008. In 2012, I just couldn't repeat the same mistake. Saf, WTF - you voted for Mitt Romney??? Of course not. Instead I journeyed to Utah and voluntarily sucked every Mormon's cock.
Actually, I voted for the Libertarian candidate (New Mexico governor Gary Johnson). Maybe if I lived in Ohio or PA, I would have reluctantly voted for Obama. Then again, I've become so disgusted with both parties. It's really hard to say. If I get any mileage out of the stampedes, I'll use it to push for negative voting. It's my next cause (probably a ways down the road). Unless I get pulled over on that road and illegally detained.