Lt. Daniel Furseth Almost Started To Care
On Sunday, December 7th, Lt Daniel Furseth, of the DeForest, Wisconsin Police Department said he stopped caring about his fellow man. He stopped caring about his community and his neighbors. It seemed he realized that his chosen profession of police officer, had become “despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.”
In between justifications for his abuses, Furseth says liberals hate the police as they carry guns, scare kids, and take away their drugs. They always kill innocent people with unjust violence. Conservatives hate the police as they are “the Government.” They try to take away our guns, freedoms, and liberty at every turn. Officers like Lt. Furseth represent a “Police State” where “jackbooted badge-wearing thugs” randomly attack innocent people without cause or concern for constitutional rights. They are Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Rodney King all rolled into one lone police officer. They are “militarized” because they wear body armor and kevlar helmets when shots are fired or rocks thrown at us and carry scary looking rifles.
Those are his words, not mine. I’d strongly encourage you to read the full, unedited blog entry at NYCFireWire.com. It has seen over 300k shares on Facebook.
Taken out of context here, it almost sounds as though Lt. Furseth has seen the light. He realizes that his violence upon the community can no longer be justified by saying “I’m just doing my job”. He realizes that people who lie, steal, kidnap, assault, and murder for a paycheck and pension, are liable to be “despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted”.
Lt. Daniel Furseth Never Cared To Begin With
But then, if that were the case, then Daniel Furseth would not have stopped caring that day. He would have started. He would not pledge to “put [his] uniform back on and … care again” tomorrow, he would have removed his uniform once and for all, and denounced his life of crime. He would have said it was wrong for him to use violence to enforce Wisconsin’s drug laws, or concealed carry restrictions. He would have refused to write seat belt tickets, or participate in other taxation by citation schemes.
But Daniel Furseth, and the countless people like him, they never did care in the first place. At least, not about the things you and I care about. That brief glimmer of self awareness, that feeling one gets when they realize their actions are hurting their community, it is overshadowed by the power he feels when he puts on his gang colors. Being hated for harming the innocent is meaningless to him, when the reward is a biweekly paycheck, health insurance, and a promise of a secure retirement.
So tomorrow Lt. Daniel Furseth will put back on his uniform, but not to start caring again. He will put back on his uniform, strap on his weapon, and take to the streets of Wisconsin looking for anyone who dares defy the will of his masters. He will threaten the lives of motorists who do not wear seat belts, or who drive the same speed as him. He will seek out pot smokers, chain them, and put them in cages. He will take defensive weapons from peaceful people, and end the life of anyone who dares resist him.
He will do so knowing that his position in society frees him from the boundaries the rest of us know. That if he does strangle a man for tax evasion in full view of the public, on camera, in broad daylight, that the prosecutor will see him released. If he shoots a kid for having a toy gun, he’ll be protected from his community’s outrage by his fellow officers. If he drives drunk, beats his wife, does drugs, or any number of other illegal behaviors common within the law enforcement community, they’ve got his back, because they do the same thing.
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Lt. Daniel Furseth didn’t stop caring on Sunday, and when Monday came and he put back on his uniform, he didn’t start caring again. He never cared in the first place. No more than any Blood or Crip does when they grab their guns and put on their bandannas. People who care get paid through trade, not taxation. People who care don’t take guns from conservatives, or drugs from liberals, they respect the property and personal choices of their neighbors. People who care change their behavior when it causes them to be “despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.”
But not Lt. Daniel Furseth, he doesn’t care at all. He will wake up day, after day, after day, and repeat his criminal behaviors until somebody stops him. Just like the other 900,000+ sworn law enforcement officers now victimizing people in the United States.
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