Comment: It will be ignored...

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It will be ignored...

and when it is, they will merely prove Patrick Henry right once again, 234 years later.

"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must..."

There is no other way to take this pamphlet issued in Missouri OTHER than an attempt at profiling. Their is no other use for the information than to view with suspicion anyone who fits any category in that document. To claim it merely is an aggregation of trends is a lie. Distributing such 'trends' can ONLY have the intent of wanting the police forces to 'be on the lookout' and to lay the foundation for 'reasonable suspicion' for detaining and questioning law abiding citizens. The damage is done. It will take more than a simple retraction and public apology. It will take an ACTIVE effort and campaign of PROPER instruction in Constitutional Law and American History so that officers understand their role and place in the government and how they are and are NOT to treat citizens. And that will never happen. Not in our lifetimes. Not with these clowns at the helm. Every public official, under oath, who distributes this pamphlet, defends it, and does not stand firm against it and attempt to bring the other perps to justice, is likewise in violation of their own oath of office, and a hair's breath away from treason.

Don't expect a miracle. But I understand if some people must try anyway.