The United States has always been a country of freedom and liberty, and because of these two things, we have been prosperous. In fact, we are, have, and will always be the most prosperous nation in the world if we continue to be a beacon of freedom and liberty for everyone else to model. America is a nation founded by revolutionaries who molded their new nation by the values expressed in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. America was founded as a nation of rights and freedoms, and will always stand for these.
However, among these rights and freedoms, the founders knew that there must be restrictions for what citizens and the federal government can do. These are otherwise known as laws, which legally bound the people of the United States from becoming anarchists; the founders knew that this had to be a nation of laws as well. These initial laws, however, were not for the citizens, but rather the federal government, for tyrannical governments were feared first and foremost. The founders needed a government; not one unlimited in power, but one that was a necessary evil, bound by the chains of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights gave citizens many rights that protected them against an overarching government, including the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, and most importantly, the freedom to bear arms. However, the founders obviously knew that their nation had to be a nation of laws. For example, you could not murder, you could not steal, you could not bear false witness, etc. You may notice that the laws listed here are similar to the laws of the Bible and the Ten Commandments. That is because America was founded by people whose morals were of the upmost importance to them, and their morals consisted of those taught to them in church and written in their hearts by God. America was to be a nation of Judeo-Christian laws, and to those who rejected the morals of these religions, the laws of the United States would make no sense. This is not to say that those who rejected the religions could not live in the country, but those who did not live by a code of civility and respect could not possibly live beside those who did.
In our current age, we are being asked one of the most important questions of our lifetimes: “in a country built to protect individual liberty, why do we need laws, and why do we need law enforcement officials to hold law-breakers accountable?”
The answer is simple, but we will delve deeper into the answer. The answer is that we are a country of individual liberty because we are a nation of laws. In other words, liberties are practiced because others do not have the right to infringe on them. Someone cannot deprive you of free speech, they cannot come and take your guns away, and they cannot search your house and take your property. In fact, even law enforcement cannot infringe on your rights, and can be legally held for doing so; that’s how serious our country was in protecting the rights of citizens.
The longer answer to why we need laws is a little bit wordier. Laws are simply a way to protect an individual’s rights, and the larger threat to the individual is not another individual; it is the government. This is because the government is more likely to violate someone’s rights than another citizen is. Logically, rights are a zero-sum game; the more rights you have, the less rights the government has, and vice-versa. Laws were also another way that the founders could further chain the government from overstepping its bounds. However, it was the responsibility of the citizens to hold it accountable. The failure to do so would have given the government more power to become tyrannical, and that is what we have seen develop up to this point.
This sort of answers the question of why we need law enforcement. Law enforcement in this nation consists of the DOJ, the FBI, the Secret Service, the FOP, state and local law enforcement and justice departments, security guards, etc. The jobs of these institutions and people is to enforce the law, otherwise known as safeguarding the rights of their fellow citizens. When law enforcement does not do its job, it has become not only useless, but a threat to the society that it swore to protect. Therefore, the citizens should rise up against feeble law enforcement just as it should an oppressive government or criminal counterpart.
We have people in this nation calling for the abolition of the police departments and law enforcement in general. Not just theirs, but everyone’s. They are doing this because they believe that law enforcement has not done its job; it has instead abused its power and “oppressed” the minority population because they know that they can do nothing about it.
With any accusation, we must meet it with our side of the story as well as see our accuser. In this case, we’ve just gone over the accusation of police brutality and systemic racism. Our accuser is the Democratic party. With these facts being known, we must present facts for our side to prove that the claims of the Democrats and the left are simply untrue. For example, we must assert the other side that blacks, contrary to popular belief, committed 48% of the known murder in 2018, and 82% of that murder was interracial, according to the FBI Crime Statistics. These facts are good to know because it shows that police officers have to be more cautious when brought into black neighborhoods or communities with high numbers of blacks, like Chicago or Detroit, than white neighborhoods or communities. Blacks also commit a majority of the crime in the United States, according to the FBI, while only making up 13% of the population. This year is only halfway over, and already New York City has beaten the number of murders in their city from last year, but this hasn’t stopped the left and mayor DeBlasio from crying out against the police.
These are the facts that need to be said to the opposition, and this is why law enforcement is so important. We all should have skepticisms of law enforcement and the law in general; there are bad people everywhere, including our government. But what happened in Minneapolis in respect to George Floyd was completely misrepresented by the mainstream media; there is still no evidence that it was a racist act, and everyone who watched that video was obviously disgusted at what happened. Everyone agreed that the law had been broken by a law enforcement official, and we all rose up against him; but we are a country of laws, and are therefore a country of freedom, and we will not let our freedoms be taken away and let our law enforcement officials be dragged through the mud because of a radical decree based on feelings and victim culture; we know the truth, and we should preach.