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The Demise of Authority

Monday, March 07, 2005
there goes the neighborhood...

We lost four Mounties last week. For those of you who know absolutely nothing about Canada, Mounties are our Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Mounted = Mounties. Except they don't go around on horses anymore except for parades and/or special occasions (who have cars in Canada now). So I guess we should smarten up and get the "M" out of RCMP and switch nicknames for our Mounties.

Anyway, four of them were shot dead by a wicked criminal carrying a high-powered automatic assault weapon in Alberta. Most Canadians are shocked and upset over the whole thing. I'm pretty upset over the whole thing. Most upsetting is that I believe that this isn't only a "blip" in our history, I think we are going to see more and more of these tragedies in my country. Why? Because, Canada has or is forgetting the Lord it's God, and, most Canadians have very little respect/fear of those who are in authority.

From young students talking back to their teachers, to the moonbats (as my friend Scott calls them) who throw bottles and other objects to riot police squads, all these are examples of the demise of authority in Canada. Such things weren't done 50 years ago in our country. People called authority figures "mister"or "sir" ("miss" or "misses" when dealing with a woman), and talking back or resisting just simply wasn't done; and if disrespect or resistance came, it was met with direct, and usually painful action.

But no more! No! We are a civilized country now. We prosecute teachers who use reasonable force to correct a disrespectful child. We discipline police officers who harm violent criminals who resist arrest. We quickly judge the actions of our soldiers without having all the facts, or taking under consideration the circumstances they were in.

Yeah, school teachers who are afraid of some of their students, a police officer lured and murdered by a young man last year, and now four Mounties down...real civilized.

Disrespecting civil authority is no laughing matter, it is a very grave thing, for it is not only an attack on a person, but rather on the system which he/she represents. The student that disrespects his teacher and gets away with it sets a precedent and school discipline is eroded. A man who resists a police officer and gets away with it erodes the very order which keeps any civilized society alive.

As far as I'm concerned, a protester who attempts to harm a police officer with a hard object should feel what a 9mm gunshot feels like. You think that's extreme? Read Romans 13:2-4 :

"Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

The "sword" my Christian friends, the "sword". Last time I checked, a sword wasn't for anything else but to kill. The use of force, even lethal force is a grave thing, but shying away from it has serious consequences. If my wife and I did away with spanking, our kids would grow up to be spoiled, undisciplined adults. If our authorities shy away from forcefully applying the laws of the land, the land will destroy itself in disorder and lawlessness.

Those poor Mounties should have been a terror to that drug dealing, gun carrying pedophile in Alberta, but they weren't. He had them outgunned and his hatred of their authority pushed him to kill. It's time for the pendulum to swing back a bit...actually...make that a lot. It's time that we brought back a healthy fear of authority to our land, before all is lost.