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A State Trooper's Lament...

(I SENT THIS TO A GOOD HEARTED, YET WRONG HEADDED FAMILY MEMBER)

I didn't vote for Obama today... neither did I vote for McCain....

This is not a confession, but rather a sad realization.

I did not vote for either barack obama or john mccain...
not because either possessed some physical trait that I found displeasing...
not because either was for or against change,...
not because either failed to pick a VP with particular accomplishments worth note...
not because either had too little of the right sort of experience or too much of the wrong...

My vote sprung out of a realization dealing with an issue, a topic... a realization that I had failed to uphold my end of the bargain.

See, over the years, I have taken many classes related to this topic and as you may have reasoned, I never got the full use out of those classes, even thou my grades may persuade you otherwise.

I eventually attended a ceremony where the focus and reason for any of us being there was summed up in an Oath. My dad was there. It was truly a proud day for me... I thought I understood the words that were spoken that day... Words I repeated with such solemness and good intention almost exactly 17 years ago. I still didn't understand, even as my dad pinned my badge on my chest and smothered me with a bear hug.

As life went on (as life will do) I noticed some things that bothered me:

For one, it became painfully clear to me that the Wyoming Highway Patrol hired from the same gene pool that we arrested from... there was nothing inherently different about those of us in the WHP... that was disconcerting; I was hoping to be insulated, protected from messing up... protected from my own flawed nature. I soon realized that was not going to be the case. In addition, I witnessed human devastation and cruelty that I frankly never would have suspected could exist. Death, destruction, wickedness, immorality and neglect were all too commonplace in my new world.

Worst of all, fellow Law Enforcement Agencies had other flawed human beings working for them, just like us... and once in a while, one of those flawed human beings would do something that violated an Oath that I remember taking... and surprisingly, those words started to make sense. I noticed that certain people in positions of authority, would often times do what they wanted, and call it 'right'. After all, the ends justified the means, if it were for the greater good. (i.e., bad guy in jail, drugs off the street, drunk driver convicted...)

I noticed people without political or financial means were often resentful of my choice in a career. I noticed that I was now labeled as one of the fortunate few, who had been given everything and didn't know what it was like to struggle. I was told that peace officers abused their authority and I could be no different. It was stated plainly that by virtue of my profession and the color of my skin that there was no need to weigh the content of my character.

Those words... that oath. "... solemnly swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America..." A review of that Document brought me to The Bill of Rights... "...to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving there just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."

I have been a fool.

I had been willingly ignorant of my duties. I was negligent in the fullest meaning of the word... not in my career responsibilities, but in my duties as a Citizen of this great land.

I had many times voted for the lesser of two evils. I have, on occasion voted against someone by voting for his/her opponent, even if I didn't understand all that vote was going toward. I placed my trust in rhetoric and sound bites and sold my country out,... one vote at a time.

Our President-elect Barack Obama and John McCain are also very flawed human beings... I can live with that. What I cannot and will not excuse is that both of these folks have taken very similar Oaths as I have mentioned above,... and neither has made the effort to uphold that oath. Both, along with the vast majority of their parties, has long since adopted the mindset I abhor in some of my fellow officers, deputies and troopers... They are in power and what they feel is most important needs to be accomplished at whatever the cost... the ends justify the means:

*People make poor choices and are now without homes? ANSWER: Take $ from those who are responsible... and their kids, and their kid's, kid's, kids to bail them out.
*Companies make poor choices and now are without their business? SAME ANSWER!!!
*Terrorist attack us on 9-11, tell us it is because we are infidels, defiling their Holy Land? ANSWER: Attack a country LOADED with Holy sites that DIDN'T attack us.
*Government spends us into $10 Trillion in debt, forces (thank you Barney Frank) semi-private banks (Freddie and Fannie) into loaning billions to people who cannot afford them.
*President Bush then boasts about how home "ownership" rates have never been higher in America Then when SHOCKINGLY these loans are defaulted on, they take MORE money from our kid's, kid's, kid's, kid's, kids....all so they can get re-elected.

I could not possibly care less how much or how little pigment a person has in their skin.
I am not ambivalent about someone's service to our country, but I would not build alters to one's greatness or assume that courage necessarily translate to presidential character.

I hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS....

I will never again vote for any candidate, no matter what the office (Dog Catcher or President) if that person would not defend the LIFE of ALL the citizens of this land, at all stages; those born or yet to be born.

I will never again vote for any candidate that would presume to keep me safe by restricting my LIBERTY... The Patriot act is just one of the number of such measures that must be repealed. Locking one into a cell would certainly keep you safe, but at what cost to your liberty?

I will never again vote for any candidate that would presume to define for me what it means to be "secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects", or tax me punitively when they decide that I have made enough money, and in fact have CAUGHT happiness and now it's time to spread the wealth around... to do my 'patriotic duty' and not be so selfish.

I will only vote for those who would protect me from a government that would do all of these things and much more to her citizens. That sure as hell wasn't one of these two clowns.

I did vote... I will do so again.
I ran for office and I won... I will do so again.
I brought my Constitution with me and when asked a question... I looked it up.
In the past the Constitution and the Bill of Rights protected and served us well.... God willing, They will do so again.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE... here is my early Christmas present to each of you... sorry I didn't have time to wrap it. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6732659166933078950

Be Blessed all.

Will

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Thank you

Very wonderful letter. I have noticed with myself that since I have "woken up" I have become more human, understanding life a little more and sympathizing more with my fellow humans. Now that I have found 'it' I don't want to lose it to the NWO. Anyone else?

Funny...

Judging by your profile, it looks like we "woke up" to the DP at the same time... our 'birthday' is coming up;-)

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw

wants are unlimited, means are scarce...

....where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17(b)

***wants are unlimited, means are scarce...***

WyoWill

I want to ask, How old are you?

"The Constitution was written not to regulate you in any way, the purpose of the Constitution is to restrain the government." Ron Paul.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdUoq0ihC2U

Ok... why? :-)

The big 40.

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw

wants are unlimited, means are scarce...

....where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17(b)

***wants are unlimited, means are scarce...***

opps... nevermind

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw

wants are unlimited, means are scarce...

....where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17(b)

***wants are unlimited, means are scarce...***

Excellent post, Will. It is

Excellent post, Will. It is good to have good ones among the police. Most of our local cops are good people too, though I doubt that many have thought things through as you have. We just voted in a C4L sheriff and I am looking forward to his swearing in.

I knew a few police when I was in the LA area fifteen years ago, including a homocide detective. They tend to either become alcoholics or develop a nasty attitude. Think of it, day in and day out they deal with nothing but the scum of the earth. I think many of them forget what normal people are like, hence the attitudes we often see.

I remember an article in a local paper a dozen years ago. It was an interview with a Coeur d'Alene cop who had moved here from Calif. In the article he said that being a peace officer here was worlds away from Los Angeles. "People here like us," he said, "they wave to us - and they use all their fingers!"

Pat

BOHICA!!

Pat

BOHICA!!

from one American to another:

Thank-you!

PyraBang for Liberty

Big difference

There are also good points to be made for big-city cops that liberty-minded folks like us complain about as well... Being a cop in a city of 50,000 is very different than a city of 5,000,000 or a city of 500. It is basically three completely different jobs.

Well, this is Fantastic!!!

In Christ,
Dave

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In The LORD Jesus Christ;
Dave

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So very nice. What an uplifting person you are!

You give me hope! As mentioned many times, I have alot of difficulty absorbing police brutality stories...I was raised in an era where one was taught that if he/she were in any kind of trouble, he/she should find a policeman, that a policeman was one's friend...
and it's nice to know there are many more like you..

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Great Message.

Thank you.

Yes

Will rocks! He is Z man!

Yes

Will rocks! He is Z man!

On the subject of being sworn in....

A co-worker of mine and I were talking a few weeks ago, her husband had just been sworn in as a law enforcement officer (FL) and she had helped him study the whole time in class and cram for his final. I asked her if any of the subject matter related or covered the constitution, even trivial things like the signers, the dates etc and she said no. I asked her to ask him if he REALLY understood the Oath he swore to and gave her a copy of the constitution and bill of rights. Not much has come of it as she never asked her husband, she thinks I am a quack!

So very sad!
!!!Truth is treason in the EMPIRE OF LIES!!!

" Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of they day; but a series of oppresssions...pursued unalterably, through every change of ministers, too plainly proove delibrate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery..."
Tho

Thank you

As a Wyoming resident, I am grateful to have someone like you in our State Troopers ranks.

Great post will

We need more good men like you serving the people of our communities. I am starting to see that every time I meet a good man (no matter what thier feild) there is always a humbleness in the air. I believe there is a strong conection between the two. Since learning of Ron Paul a little over a year ago I have been much more aware of the power of humblelness. I am a very outspoken person myself so I am still trying to figure out how to balance the two. I think the secret is in the timeing which has alot to do with patience. I have been working hard on waiting till just the right moment to make "one" point when it is appropriate then stoping. I find that people turn off if you overwhelm them with every talking point at once. I also believe that every person also has a point to which patience has an end and one must speak out. I am learning in life moderation is something we have to work on its not something we are born with. I just want to tell you I have alot of respect for you and you are a very moderate voice that can set a good example for those around you. I am glad to hear that there are a growing number of concerned policemen out there. I truely believe that if we as citizens and public workers do not shack this climit of fear that these politicians are creating we are in big trouble.

I have never feared the police until after 2005 when they passed the Real ID act. This law will pit the commen man with Police mark my words. If they use the drivers license to enfoce this I will not be getting another drivers license and I will still drive to work. I will support my family at all cost. They will expect you to arrest me and will require you to forcably steal my biometrics from me in the future. You will be no different than all the people in the US who own businesses and are forced to take income tax out of a mans check before paying him. I owned a business for 5 years and I hated taking taxes out of my employees checks I felt like a thief ever friday. I did not recieve any compensation for being their tax collector and stealing from my neighbor but I sure got alot of guilt for doing it ever time I cut checks to them. I will fight giving up my biometrics when we go into that station even if it cost me my life. My worst fear is not dieing my worst fear is being knocked out and then while out having my biometrics stolen from me. Even if this happens I will never and I mean never carry my papers and everytime someone ask me for them I will not comply. I have never been arrested in my life and I have a spotless record. I have worked at the same job for 24 years. This is one law I will not obey no matter how they dress it up. They are now talking about attaching Real ID to the SS card If they do this I will stop using my SS number for any purpose. If I am personaly sanctioned (which sanctions are an act of war I might add) by this government and locked out of the work force and cannot provide for my family I will be forced to provide any way I can, not because I wish to, but because I must. It is my job! They will one day pit the common man against law enforcment mark my words and might I add if you don't play ball and do what they say you will join me in the saction section. This will be the true test of what our law enforcement are made of and if they even cared about the Constitution of the United States of America. To me this will be the shot heard around the world moment. If the Real ID act is enforced by law enforcment it will be the beginning of the end. I will have lost my right to life liberty and the persute of happiness and I will enforce my rights to self defence and self preservation. I will never make a government or a leader my God. That is final and it is non negotiable. Why do I say this because It would be nice to never have to face such an evil and it would be nice if both police and citizens fought this kind of legislation together. It is an international ID that is being pushed by global government. Law enforcement officers will be the ones who are forced to enforce this evil law. It is interesting how the government always finds them someone else to do there dirty work so the anger does not come back to them. Trust me if this law is enforced there will be a huge amount of blowback. I do not say these things out of fear or out of hate. I say them out of love. All I want to do is be able to provide for my family and be a productive person in my community and to be left alone as much as possible without being robbed and watched every second of the day. I am wondering at what point do the people of the United States of America get thier laws enforced (life, liberty, and the persute of happiness). I need to drive to my job to support my family. They are my life. They are my happiness. I must have liberty to provide for them. I would like to know your thoughts on the subject please.

what this trooper needs to

what this trooper needs to do is rise up threw the ranks, become chief,
and then hold his troopers to the oath they swore on! he has atleast shown love for the Constitution! this is what we need! and it will take years!

"When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny."
-Thomas Jefferson

I am more concerned about the return of my money than the return on my money. --Mark Twain

I supervise...

a division of good guys as it is... working on going further. Most of the troops (no, not all) are solid as it is, I just get to remind us all now and again. Rest assured, I seldom miss an opportunity to bring it up.

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw

wants are unlimited, means are scarce...

....where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17(b)

***wants are unlimited, means are scarce...***

WyoWill

Thank you for your kind and humble words...very encouraging. I hope you move quickly through the ranks and that somehow God will protect your position, honest men in high positions are pressured by dishonest politics, money and greed.

Relocating to Wyoming and Montana are sounding better and better to me

You as the author, you as a being

are beautiful. This was so well written that I cried. Thank you.

Thank you

I am grateful for you kind words...

Maybe I learned a little bit in English class after all?

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw

wants are unlimited, means are scarce...

....where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17(b)

***wants are unlimited, means are scarce...***

I am so glad you shared this with us, thank you.

Libera me, let the truth break, what my fears make--Leslie Phillips

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

God Bless You

My brother is a police officer, and I always remind him that people do stupid things because of something in their life that we cannot understand. As officers, even with the worst of the worst people, you need to have compassion, because you never know what that person may have seen or been through in his or her life. I am so grateful to hear of a State Trooper none the less who is willing to keep compassion, and the Constitution in his code of ethics. It will keep you safer, and it will make people that you arrest or ticket, respect you for doing your job. Keep up the great work, I hope your leadership catches on to all law enforcement. It is not right for people to be afraid of law enforcement, and I am afraid that seems to be the case today. You are moving in a great direction. May God keep you safe.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

Did you write this?

You're the state trooper?

Just asking. It's fairly bold. More then fairly bold.

dfwrider,... I did write this...

and I am a State Trooper... in my 18th year.

Division Supervisor

I have been accused of being bold... never as a complement. ;-)

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw

wants are unlimited, means are scarce...

....where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17(b)

***wants are unlimited, means are scarce...***

Not everyone is a leader.

Not everyone is a leader. The same is true within the ranks of the police force. Of those leaders who are within the ranks of the police, I hope as many of them as possible are like you.

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Can somebody post this on a Blog Spot

This would be a nice Digg

I salute you

The cops in the town were I used live in Louisiana were all corrupt. I always used to think that until I read this. I've always had such a low opinion of police officers. I beg your pardon for this. Maybe I should join the police force. I could be one of the good guys.

YES!!! Join if you can deal with it.

My son used to say he wanted to join... I have done my best to discourage him.

A very good young man I know (used to date my daughter) also thought about it. He is exactly the sort we need, but it is hard to put people you care about into the mess that you know is ahead.

I have a good group of guys working here, and I do my best to keep them growing and maturing in the way we can all be proud of. I have also had some guys that had NO BUSINESS being in law enforcement. Some of them are no longer employed by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

I love this quote:
"Only a moral & virtuous people are capable of freedom; the more corrupt & vicious a society becomes, the more it has need of masters."
-Ben Franklin

Sounds like our Law Enforcement Officials better me moral and virtuous.

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw

wants are unlimited, means are scarce...

....where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17(b)

***wants are unlimited, means are scarce...***