As a child growing up in San Francisco, I remember the friendly neighborhood policeman, Officer Delury, an overweight, friendly Irish cop whose presence as he walked the streets was appreciated. Everyone loved Officer Delury. He always had a word of encouragement, talked with members of the community, and knew the personal stories of many of the locals. He was always dressed in his full uniform, no matter the weather, and gave a feeling of quiet confidence that he was there.
Today, the military industrial complex has absorbed a huge amount of our economy and the military has transformed local law enforcement into para-military organizations by giving them billions of dollars in military equipment. We are rapidly being reduced to a nation whose economy primarily employs industry that supports the military, government, policing and prison systems. If we don't slam the breaks on this insanity and fast, our nation is going to become a total fascist police state. It's perched right on our doorstep as it is.
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