Independence day is not about what American politicians want you to think. At the beginning of America we were all British. The redcoats were not an invading army, they were our people, or officers and our solders. But instead of blindly praising them as heroes or of saying they just doing their job and it was not their fault, out founding fathers killed them for their crimes against human rights.
Look at both sides.
We’re all human beings and we’re looking down the barrel of angry revolution. We have loyalists, rebels and lots of people who just want it to go away. The argument for enforcement is always safety. This is something we can agree on and it was no doubt the argument in 1770. But is the blue line saftey? — “What do you suggest beside law enforcement” people ask me. — My answer is that I want real law enforcement instead of the Sheriff of Nottingham doing as he pleases. — “Who will stop the rapists” they say. — My honest answer is that often the officers are the rapists and the judge will be the one protecting the from justice.
Not one sheriff in America will honor their oath. Not one will stop the prosecutors or judges, or the illegal federal arrests of their people, or the denials of due process. Not one of the blue line will defend the law or our rights and most will actually take part in violating them. Just as the Redcoats, there are some better and some worse. They are still human. Still, cowardly and violent law keepers are not law and order. Do we crave a tyrant simply because we are afraid we cannot find a honorable officer. I say we stop the tyrant first and from that courage good officers will arise.
What of the Revolution?
These acts did not happen overnight. Our founding fathers started slow. They shouted, they disobeyed, they threw rocks and destroyed goverment property, blocked roads and threw tea. When all else failed they exercised their right to self defense en-masse.
Our blue line and the government they serve is worse than the redcoats. Our bluecoats summarily kills more Americans in a year that the redcoats did in a decade. Our founders would have acted long ago to stop the terror and violence of Americas enforcers; this should be a sobering reminder for those who dawn the uniform. No matter how much people like myself plead for peace, people will eventually stop tolerating your actions.
Do we seek violence? We seek to avoid it! We are in a different time and peoples independence and honor is less. We have sold people tyranny as freedom and taught them to be dependent on goverment. Tyranny has rooted so much deeper than in did in the years leading up to the American revolution, but the people are more unstable than ever. Bloodshed is the natural eventuality of abuse and if our goverment continues, violence will come. But as it stands it will not be that principled seeking liberty that we read about in history books. If we have war now it will be an ugly French Revolution, multiplied with the weight of powerful weapons and angry hungry mobs.
Find every reason NOT TO KILL!
We need a change of our hearts. Peace starts no more by sending letters begging for justice than it does by rushing to war. Start with powerful words and disobedience to tyrants. Build a forest of peaceful resistance to clog up the gears of tyranny. Kill the idea of corrupt police as lawful authority we must obey. Our rights are the law and we establish those by exercising them as we shame their abuses.
We want the foot solder of tyranny to stop showing up for work because it’s not worth it. Tyranny evaporates without it’s collectors and enforcers. Let the treasonous goverment and it’s officers be warned. You are not the heroes and despite my calls for peace you will be judged and your abuse in the name of saftey will eventually cost you everything. If not before an angry army, then before God.
Defense is our right; but only the foolish cheer violence rather than resist for peace. This is seen every coward who refuses to stand now, but speaks with eagerness of the war that is coming, as if then they will be brave on that day, as if they are waiting for war because the rest is now worth their time. Hearts like these will no more save freedom than the blue line.
The hardest revolution to win in the one in our hearts and minds. If we win that, blood can be spared. Freedom starts in with us, in shaming evil, in preventing our children from being taught lies and in teaching a generation how to to be brave and how to love their neighbor as themselves.
Let us be peacemakers and indulge with great restraint the idea that violence will set us free. — Gav
To even suggest America’s cops are bad, brings with it labels like cop hater, anti-authority, or an anarchist. That’s a remarkably consistent response from the masses. Almost as if it has been downloaded into our brains while our police grew more militant and militarized.
There’s also a clever tactic being used by media and government. Talk about the RACE related brutality that will divide people. One side gets focused on color, the other calls those who mistrust government and police, rioters. All while the larger issue of abusive government gets ignored. Again!
Now I’m not here to bash police. You’ll find me first in line to stand with officers that truly keep their oath and applauding those who behave respectably. So while I’m going to use officers today, this test works on all public officials.
America overcompensates when it comes to officers. As if because there are so many negative stories, we have to make amends by saying police are all hero’s. This is nonsense. You are NOT a hero because you wear a uniform. You are a hero by actions alone. I tire of society bullying us into patting others on the back BECAUSE of their job. It’s foolish propaganda. Did you know that being a police officer is not even in top 10 for most dangerous jobs?
In politics there are two factions. Liberty and tyranny. They are also called good and evil. In the end it’s that simple. Within are groups of people supporting various elements, often not even realizing there are just two sides. But lets ask more questions.
Let’s imagine you visit a food chain and the fries are BURNED nearly every time. The fry cooks have not poisoned you, but would it be safe to say that most of the fry cooks are BAD?
Now unlike fries, we tend to leave the “grey areas” alone in politics and only call officials BAD that are openly committing crimes. Even then society lets them get away with things regular people would not. It seems we have lowered the standard both in government and ourselves. Yes, not only our public servants; but we the people are tasked with being sententials of liberty. Yet are not our government employes sworn and paid to protect and defend liberty?
Ask yourself. If tyranny becomes common, is it safe to say that it’s defenders are doing a poor job?
#1 Good Police!
At the center of the debate is law enforcement. But the debate is not entirely about police, it’s about the two factions in all levels of government. The behavior of law enforcement simply reveals a great deal about whether tyranny or liberty is winning in our constant struggle for freedom.
Americans are being bullied to affirm that most police are good! Without facts! To say that there’s only a few bad officers and that’s what we hear about on the news. — True enough, most police are not murderers. But lets define good cop and bad cop. For now let’s call the abusers “really bad cops”.
When I speak to folks who were officers 30 years ago, they grimace, telling me something has changed. When I question “modern” officers they often say “I just enforce the law”. So I ask about their their oath and what they do when so called “law”, violates the supreme law. They often get uncomfortable and go into repeat mode. “I have to enforce law.” This is code for “my job comes before my oath”. THIS is by definition a BAD cop. Try asking some tough questions next time you get the chance.
#2 Seeking Hope:
Americans are looking for a reason to applaud police. Myself included. We want our children to be safe and we’re looking for hope that liberty is not lost. Now most officers don’t kill 12 year old boys over toy guns, or shoot people in the back. We can safely call those the “really bad cops”. That said, it’s also true that police have a growing reputation for harassing, collecting and bullying. Often they do these things with a polite smile. But that’s no better than a grinning sheriff of Nottingham is it?
Next many officers seem just their head down and try to avoid problems. They know it’s bad, but they’re not sure what to do and they know that when officers stand up to corruption, they tend to get in trouble. — But we don’t pay officers to avoid problems. We pay them to STOP problems. What if our fry cook did not even cook fries. Would he be a good fry cook?
People say “Gavin you need to ride with an officer for a day and see what THEY deal with.” — I respond .”The officer needs to ride with me for a day and see what LIBERTY is dealing with!”
#3 The Test:
Government employees are the fry cooks. They have been hired to serve us. Say a guard is hired to protect you yet allows you to be killed, not because he supports your murder, but because he is afraid to stop it. Is he good at his job?
An officer then who has sworn to protect and uphold our Constitutions and liberty, hired to do so, does not have to abuse us to be a bad employee. He or she only has to be silent or not defend against those that violate us. The patch you wear is irreverent to liberty. Any officer that who allows lawlessness, whether from a brother, another agency, the Federal government, or a common thug; is by definition a BAD cop. If you can’t stand up to the lawless, you have no business swearing you will!
To be a good cop you MUST PASS ALL 3 of these tests.
Treat your employers (the people) with respect.
Honor your oath and protect the peoples rights.
Be principled & oppose those that violate liberty & their oath.
This is a simple but hard test. But we must conclude that an officer that does not stop fellow officers for doing what is lawless, he is by extension NOT doing his job. Hero’s are the officers that stand up to evil and corruption no matter the cost. That uphold all three of the above, regardless of the the peril and the thin blue line. To those, I salute you!
Say an officer who arrests someone for having an “illegal gun”. He or she is by definition a bad cop, since the 2nd amendment he swore to uphold says there is no such thing as an unlawful gun. If that officer says the courts or other laws told him otherwise, it’s no different than him being bribed by a crime boss. The rights he vowed to defend are not defined by judges or legislators. The people gave that command and it’s not open to debate. Unconstitutional legislation is not law.
Some of nicest of officers have opted to obey lawless legislation (that which violates superior law, ie our constitutions) for a paycheck. That is lawless in itself. But an officer that even tolerates a fellow officer violating their oath, has failed. They are by definition NOT doing their job! Lets face it, power corrupts and principle is hard to come by. But a government employee who does not do the job they are hired to do, is NOT a good employee, representative, mayor, congressman etc. They are BAD at their job because they are not doing it!
You’re not a good cop because you don’t violate my rights. You’re a bad cop if you don’t protect them with your life! That’s the only measure that counts and if you can’t handle that, I don’t hate you. You just need to find a new job.
Stop making excuses for public servants. It’s not about hating cops or race. People who judge a group only because of the uniform they wear, are as foolish as those that judge people by the color of their skin. We must judge individually on principle and fact. Not as a mob, but giving to all due process and justice.
If we start being accountable and stop being afraid to speak truth, we all grow. Truth brings liberty and with that we can unite on principle, demand justice and encourage others to be bold, including our officers. Weeding out the bad we can replace them with courageous, principled warriors for liberty who will truly make our streets safer.
Don’t dishonor real oath keepers by calling bad cops good! — That’s fact, that’s principle, that’s liberty! Tell me what you think.
A video was brought to the attention of the department of an officer contacting a man who was videotaping a traffic stop. The Boise Police Department pro-actively made local media aware of the video October 10th resulting in widespread coverage. The Chief issued a statement at that time recognizing professional standards of behavior from officers are essential to maintaining the public confidence and trust necessary for public and officer safety. The Chief indicated an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident was underway.
This week, an internal investigation concluded the officer’s behavior did not live up to the policy and expectations of the department. The matter has been addressed consistent with internal disciplinary procedures.
“We are confident that other officers understand our department policy and training regarding the public lawfully videotaping police officers. With today’s technology, videotaping in public is commonplace. While officer and citizen safety is always a significant concern, this incident is a reminder to all of us about the expectations this department has for handling similar situations in the future.” said Chief Masterson.
I’m glad to see BPD responded and now appears to be aware of the law. I’m glad they did not blow this off as irrelevant. I’m also disappointed with the vagueness and lack of transparency. I suspect little discipline was actually given and must ask again. What would be the result had the roles been reversed? An honest public apology from the officer would go a long way in showing a lesson was learned. And since the officers behavor was public, I believe her discipline should be as well.
Regardless, I think this has been a good conversation. I’m happy to have helped start a town talking about liberty. People need to know what it means and understand the laws that our Constitution places on government. We need to teach Liberty to our children and hold it up front of us every single day — When the fry cook burns the chow over and over, you remove them and put someone in their place who will do the job right. It’s the responsibility of Boise locals and every other city to start demanding accountability from our employees.
I think this resonates a larger issue with our government — It’s why I’m running for US Congress. Incidents like this serve to remind us that we are a self governing Republic and that it is our DUTY to hold OUR government accountable. It is my hope that people will become more aware of what’s happening around them. Your liberty is more important than your football. The Constitution is alarm that the wall of liberty has been breached. That alarm is ringing and it’s time we put out the fires of tyranny.
I take a stand because it’s our duty to stand. We must question and challenge government all the time. Otherwise they will trample us, every time. It falls to us to maintain the republic. Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”
First i want to thank my my remarkable wife Sondra for her constant support. She’s a gem – Now great many things have been assumed about me since I posted this video. I thought I would follow up and clear some things up. You can also see my full bio and learn about what I actually do for living here.
Some say I’m after 15 minutes of fame. But that’s not how I roll. I have a great reputation as a photographer and educator. My work wins awards, my films like EXposed are reasonably acclaimed, I host a long running podcast and I make tools that are used by photographers all over the world. Famous? Not really. But I’m too busy with serious projects to risk getting arrested in a hunt for YouTube views. Videos like this one are not my filmmaking focus. I’m standing up because I know what America was founded on and I detest tyranny.
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty” – Thomas Jefferson
“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so” – Thomas Jefferson
Looking Closer: I was in a the Boise ID Cabelas parking lot and saw Sperry stopping a vehicle which pulled into the Stinker Station. I stood near the curb about 60-70 feet away and observed quietly, filming the stop with my phone.
Time: Oct 8th at around 9:15 PM – Location: 43.604479,-116.283624
We’re on our Fall 2013 road trip now with the family. I had the above encounter with Boise ID police for the apparent crime of recording and refusing to give my papers. It caused a stir around Boise and beyond. Contrary to some opinions, I’m not running around the country looking to interact with police. The opposite in fact. I’m out looking for nature for my landscape images on our new film, PHOTOGRAPHICS. There are 7 of us on the road right now.
In the past week I’ve been called everything from a hero to a slime ball and even a liberal. A pansy because my voice cracked, a piece of crap because I did not cooperate. I’ve even been called a deadbeat, though last time I checked I was working awfully hard. In fact we even released this new pictorial from Idaho that I took a few days after.
It’s not nearly all negative however. I’ve also been called a patriot, a good man, intelligent and even well spoken. It’s all been interesting and at the bottom I’ll add a tidy list of news stories on the video. But more importantly is did what I hoped and that is start a conversation about liberty.
UNDERSTAND that the Gavin of ten years ago might have agreed that my actions were unnecessary. But he grew up – Ten years ago it seems we were OK with our rights being taken away in the name of a “War On Terror” – That was naive. I had not taken the time to really understand the Constitution and learn what liberty and freedom “from terror” really meant. Freedom from, sin, from tyranny, from injustice, from evil.
The Gavin of today is willing to stand his ground – He did not do so to get attention, to be cocky, to be tough, or because it was fun. He did it for liberty – I won’t lie. It was scary. It always is. This officer was a loose canon and anything could have happened. Had she simply ignored me this story never would have happened. But instead she approached me as a bully comes at someone on the school yard.
Some say that I was petty or looking for trouble. That I was shady or creepy. I was not – Some say I’m seeking attention and bored. The truth is I have a very busy business and I have far better ways to get attention. I was a passer by in a sweater holding his a phone and staying well out of the way. Some say the officer had no problem with me filming. That is not true. Notice that the officer did not say a word to my brother Nathan, who was standing a few feet to the right with no camera. This officers actions were the behavior of a bully and represent the tyranny that is rising in America and should not be tolerated for a moment.
Other Thoughts: The second officer is also worth nothing. While he was not a loose Canon, he did a terrible job of showing he understood what his job is supposed to be. He was perfectly fine with the idea that all he did was write tickets and arrest people. It begs the questions. Who is hiring and training these people? You can “Protect and Serve” or you can “Harass and Collect”. You cannot do both.
Official Complaint (download PDF): I filed an official complaint of the incident with the Boise PD. While I was confident they knew about it, I was asked by numerous Boise area residents who confirmed that Sperry and the Boise PD were out of hand and felt I needed to make it official. While the complaint does not change my stand against this kind of behavior, it does put it officially on record.
I DID NOT COMPLY because tyranny is a LIE. Giving up your liberty in the name of “safety” is a LIE. You don’t cower in the face of lies. You don’t bend to their will. You stand down a lie because it’s immoral and it’s wrong. Because that is how you protect “real safety” and bring real security” — True liberty is always forged with a bible in one hand and courage in the other.
Let me be clear – My liberty is far more important that what government feels, thinks, or wants – YES! My freedom is more important than your freebies. I don’t care if my government does not like it. If they cannot serve WE THE PEOPLE and work within the the law WE THE PEOPLE laid upon them, they have no business being leaders – I’m not here to be nice to tyranny, or have a conversation with it. Those that represent that tyranny in any form should lookout – This is America and those who love freedom have had enough of your lies.
In the past it was my own lack of knowledge and my lack of awareness of tyranny that caused this. I FAILED to fully appreciate what the framers spilled their blood to purchase. I will not ignore that again and I hope others will open their eyes, read our history and learn what liberty means. The moral and just foundation that was America’s cornerstone is crumbling- What are you doing to repair it?
Below is a list of reporting on this issue if you want to follow up and so I can find them again.