On Friday, September 14th, 2012, some individuals employed at the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group raided a house owned by Paul Brown.
This is yet another iteration of actions taken based on a bad idea – arbitrary external authority. What rationale did those with badges give for the actions? That in the dwelling may be a plant that some who claim authority have deemed illicit. Yet, it is the individuals themselves who kicked in a door, pointed a gun at a stranger who hadn’t harmed them, and engaged in numerous other transgressions of rights.
Only by focusing on that fact – that each individual is responsible for their actions – will these raids stop.
Rather than unthinkingly giving the real aggressors a free pass by chalking-up their actions to the place where they work, hold them accountable. Name names. Reputation is key. In this case, don’t mitigate personal culpability by calling those who invaded the Brown home the “Metropolitan Enforcement Group”, instead, list the names of those involved.
Instead of reciting the text those criminals claimed enabled them to raid the house and hold the family at gunpoint (i.e. drug prohibition, search warrants, etc.) recognize that they’re merely pointing to scribbles on paper signed by strangers who have no more right than you or I to dictate to another what substances they can or cannot put into their body. Don’t reinforce the claimed double standards, erode them. Stop granting them any more clout or authority. One mind at a time, it’ll cease.
Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group website, or call: (847) 680-8720
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