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I was Stopped by a Sheriff Today

while driving my old pickup to haul household goods to storage for my son, who's moving overseas.

The first thing the sheriff said was to ask about my big plastic Ron Paul sign over the cab (you know, the big flashy magnet-mounted kind) and if I was still going to vote for Ron Paul. Thus began our 15 minute discussion about Ron Paul, The Constitution, Oath Keepers, Constitutional Sheriffs, and Sheriff Joe (of AZ).

After a while, I asked him what I did wrong. He said my right hand mirror was missing, did I lose it recently. I said, "No, it's been gone for decades." We talked more Ron Paul and then he said he had to go. I asked him if I should rearrange the load in my pickup for better visibility. He said, "No it's all right. But you might think about getting another mirror if you ever find one."

We shook hands and that was it. He was just curious about Ron Paul. Weird.

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yeah, I have thought similar

Once society gets to the point where we don't personally drive (or do so very little) it seems like police forces will be severely reduced to just crime units. This will mark a great day for freedom and its not that far off!

Geez this country keeps getting worse !

Just sitting here in my office this morning, pondering the complexities of the universe, while simultaneously perusing over the DP, and happened upon this post and it got me wondering. Would "law enforcement" officers still be viable if automobiles were not our primary form of transportation? Other than stopping motorists for burnt out license plate bulbs,and tending to an occasional accident, what else do they really do? Other than to harass and intimidate? Surely their numbers would be substantially diminished were teleportation ever to become reality.They are rarely ever present when the mere act of their presence might make a difference. Case in point.A push notification just came over my phone from our local Pittsburgh TV station stating that a stabbing just occurred in a High School in Murrysville Pa.Apparently, there are at least 8 wounded children at this moment.Beyond sad ! This forced me to immediately attempt to understand how this could have happened? Since the late 80's, we have seen our schools militarized with SRO's(school resource officers),body scanners, metal detectors,surveillance cameras that are capable of processing a ginger's freckle count,zero tolerance policy, etc,etc, ad nauseum ! I suppose my point is, with all of this intrusion into Americans lives and freedoms, how is this still possible? I do believe it is time for a serious reset ! It is impossible to stupid proof every aspect of human life. There will always be those who will be inclined to do harm to others and no amount of high tech gadgetry or Nazi SS presence will ever insulate every person from every crime. I do believe, however, that our so called leaders could impact this somewhat in leading by example! When our children are incessantly lied to and grow up believing that our government can do no wrong and that targeted killings of women and children in far off foreign lands by robotic flying death machines are the acceptable norm, nothing good can ever come of that. I suppose we reap what we sow.

Jack Rose

I'll Chime In

Years ago a bought a '74 VW Beetle down south - somewhere in GA as I recall, southern cars generally have less rust that the buckets you get up north.

Anyway I was working in GA and drove it around down there for several months. The GA "Antique" plate I had on it was stolen one night. I reported it to the police and got it replaced at the DMV no problem.

Then weeks later I drove the car home to Ohio, and ran out of gas on I-75 in Cincinnati late at night (fuel gauge was defective - what a shocker, I know). Cop pulls up behind me, asks if I need help, I say yeah out of gas. He says he ran the plate and it came back the car was stolen. I say, no that's gotta be a mistake, the plate was stolen not the car, show him my ID and the paperwork and it's all in order.

He coulda been a Barney Fife letter-of-the-law wanker, detained me there and impounded the car until the computer data got sorted - somehow - and I was dreading the hassle.

But no, he's says get in I'll get you fixed up. He takes me and my jerry can in his cruiser down to the closest gas station. It wasn't exactly the nicest area of town so I wasn't sure what the reception would be, Cincy cops can be known as hard a**es to the locals especially those with darker shades of skin, but it all worked out. He takes me back to the VW, helps me get the car gassed up and started and off I go. Shucks, I call that public service, dontcha know.

Oh the memories...my VW had a reserve tank that I had to flip

on many times!

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

My encounter last night.

Th I was coming home from the park by my house with my 3 year old son, when a cop, who had been in the neighborhood for a domestic issue (elderly neighbor has dementia) stopped his car. He waved to my son and asked if my son wanted to sit in the car. My son was a little shy and did not want to. The cop then asked if my son wanted to see the lights. My son did. This Cop and I chatted for about 5 or 10 minutes about respect and how it is mutual. He mentioned he was more of a talker, than a fighter , when it came to issues with people. He said he always respects people even if they were belligerent to him. He was maybe 29 or 30, but was very much the peace officer variety.


I miss the days when police were our friends...

Back in the sixties I was working at Higbee's, a department store in Cleveland, OH. I rode the Shaker Heights Rapid Transit (a sort of mini-rail) every night and my mother would pick me up at the station.

One snowy night after I was finishing my shift, my boss asked (told) me to stay and cover the next shift as one of my co-workers called in sick. This was before cell phones so there was no way to contact my mom, whom I knew would be waiting for me, shivering, at the station. I didn't know what to do. I knew she would worry if I wasn't on the train.

Then I remembered something she had always taught us: if ever you're in trouble and need help, just ask a policeman. "Police are our friends" she would say. So I called the police station in the vicinity and explained my predicament. I asked if the policeman who patrols the train station could tell my mom I had to work late. I described her and the car and the dispatch assured me it would not be a problem and that I was doing the right thing.

Later my mom told me that it gave her quite a start when the policeman walked up to her car and said, "Are you Mrs.______ ? Your daughter asked us to tell you she has to work late. You know, we wish more parents like yourself would tell their children that they can trust and depend on us to help them. We are here to serve our community."

I will always be grateful to the police for helping me that night and I weep for this generation who will grow up fearing and hating the police. Will we ever again live in a country of innocence and trust? Will we ever again live in a country that has "peace officers" walking a beat?

Years ago

I lived in University Heights (Cleveland) and would ride the Rapid into the airport and go up and watch planes take off and land. A cheap and fun date. Can't do that anymore.

sheriff joe the unconstitutional sheriff

joe is a joke on liberty.

Ron Paul 2016

I'll 2nd that!

I'll 2nd that!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

That is a cool story you just

That is a cool story you just made up, bro. Of course, none of it happened. But don't worry. Most people on this board are gullible enough to believe your bullshit.

Plant the seed.

Plant the seed.

Never talk to cops. They are

Never talk to cops. They are not your friends. If he wants to learn about Ron Paul then he can go to the internet.

Why? --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc

I agree. However,

the Sheriff is an elected official, I'm not sure if he/she counts as a 'cop'.

Read some of the previous

Read some of the previous comments. There are some damn fine cops out there. I'm not one, but I know them. This coming from a former drug felon.

Those are some of the ones...

...that need to know the most! We need them on our side!

The missing RT side mirror was just a ruse...the sheriff stopped

you to chat about Ron Paul.

I agree

It was just an excuse to talk about Ron Paul!

I've been stopped by cops just wanting to see my motorcycle. Nice bike, what kind is it....etc. Why did you stop me? Oh, your headlight is out. Well lets take a look. Seems to be working now!

Actually, currently in Va you

Actually, currently in Va you only need two mirrors on your car for it to be legal.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Or not so weird... People who

Or not so weird... People who are awake and aware want to connect with like-minded people. If I were a cop I'd probably pull you over, too, just to talk.


Funny one

Funny one

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Believe it or not, I know a

Believe it or not, I know a lot of cops who support Ron Paul, know about the Fed and buy gold and silver. The law enforcement community is waking up.



Voted you up just for the

Voted you up just for the clever username

illegal stop?

I think prior to model year 1990, you don't need a right hand mirror. Why did he stop you? (rhetorical question)

IF the revolution

would focus on the local sheriff - game over.

That's right, and there's

That's right, and there's only about 3000 of them. Unfortunately, most people aspiring for the position are drug warriors or good old boys looking to enrich themselves and their "buddies". We need to get Oath Keepers running for Sheriff, imho!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

He was probably checking to

He was probably checking to see if you were a terrorist

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

You would probably be surprised

If I had to guess that officer probably wanted to join in and cheer you on, but they just cant. You cannot use your position as an entity for the community to influence politics. That should never be changed, and if you see that you need to address it with that agency doing so. Many law enforcement are actually Ron Paul supporters. Same idea as the revolution you cant change things from the outside or bottom. People tend to assume law enforcement, corrections and military people do their job because they love power, which is not true. I got into the field because I love my community and I love helping people. There are bad apples in every field of employment and of course they get the most attention, overshadowing others that make a self sacrifice every day. I specialize in the principles of restorative justice in actuality keeping felonies off of young peoples records by showing them reinvestment and worth of community involvement. I also keep people out of prison and felonies off of their records because of substance abuse. I get awards for my revolutionary ideas that actually work, when its really just common sense. One thing you have to understand is regardless of the agency they are elected officials. Sheriff or city (controlled by an elected officials) The precident of a law enforcement agency is set from the top and rolls down hill. I guess I just have to say dont hate us all because we dont hate you.

I second that, well said

I second that, well said, hope you all are doin ok in Joplin.