Hello? 911? I’d like to report 300 million terrorists!

Sheriff wants you to report anybody who hates the US government.

Dear Tin-Plated Bureaucrat with delusions of Police State godhood, here is a reading from the Prophet Tolkien:

“‘I can add some more, if you like it,’ said Sam. ‘Calling your Chief Names, Wishing to punch his Pimply Face, and Thinking you Shirriffs look a lot of Tom-fools.

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  • Rebecca Fuentes

    But what if I criticize the government AND happen to buy a pressure cooker? AND have one of those foreign Mexican names? It can’t be because I want a quicker way to cook a pot roast (subversive, illegal foreign pot roast).

    • BillClintonsShorts17

      Yes. A ‘pressure cooker’. But is it a weaponized pressure cooker? We have taken one or two to our in-laws high in the Andes, where you really need one to cook things in less than six hours. Hope I’m not indicted for transporting weapons…And as for the government…I don’t want anybody harmed. I just want them all fired so they can find useful occupations.

  • In fairness to the sheriff pushing this (still possibly misguided) program, the full context of the quote is: “We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’”

    It reads to me like it’s the “shoot the mayor” part that would attract a knock on the door, not the “hate the government” part.

    • Martha O’Keeffe

      Trouble with that is it is much less likely to be a knock on the door and much more likely to be fully-armed SWAT team kicking door in at 3 a.m.
      And yes, saying things like “I wanna shoot the mayor” is bad, but how about “Shooting is too good for the lot of them” or “Hang the whole boiling”, which is the kind of stuff people everywhere say about politicians without meaning they really want to shoot, hang or murder a local or state politician?

      • Sure. Those are great points. Like I said, I think the program is possibly misguided. I tend to instinctively disapprove of such programs. However, when I read the linked article, I was surprised at the context of the quote, which seemed less dictatorial than what Mark had led me to expect.

  • OldWorldSwine

    “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged” – G.K. Chesterton, the TERRORIST.

    Before long, hating the government may mean, “not displaying prominently enough your family’s Official Portrait of the Dear Leader”.