America, Ensign of Freedom - Page 4

America, Ensign of Freedom - Page 4

America, Ensign of Freedom - Page 4

A Fable

A man, his family and his dog lived a comfortable life in the suburbs near a large urban area. It was not always so. The man had inherited a small business from his father, who was an immigrant from a distant land. The man really did appreciate the sacrifices and initiative his father had shown in overcoming numerous obstacles in his new country. However, by the time the father died the business was so good that he was able to move out to a pretty house, with a view of the country. There was a large yard for the children and the dog to play in, and it seemed an ideal life. For a while the man commuted to his business in the city, but as time went on he became unpleasant.

Young men with no education, or skills hung about street corners in gangs. The crime rate increased, car jacking and strong-armed robberies on the streets become common. The man found that he could stay at home in the suburbs and pay others to run his business for him. Of course, the paid employees probably did not quite like the job, but there was still enough profit for the man to avoid the risks of going into the city.

Meanwhile, the inner city continued to fail in disorder. More and more people fled to the suburbs, and those who were left behind cowered behind closed doors. Danger and drugs controlled the streets, and the gangs pretty much did whatever they wished. They fell into the practice of robbing the store run by our hero's employees once or twice a month. It became harder for him to get good employees, and his income suffered. The man began to agitate for something to be done to bring peace and stability to the urban area. The City replied that there was not anything they could do. The gangs were too well armed, and they had "friends" on the City Council. The bribery paid by the gangs had subverted the police, the courts, and made any effective action impossible.

So the man went to the State and asked them to intervene. The governor expressed his sympathy, but he replied that he did not have the votes in the legislature to do anything to improve things. The head of the State Department of Public Safety was the former police chief from Devastated City, and he saw no problem. The man was frustrated, so he went home and fumed the conditions continued to deteriorate.

Emboldened by the circumstances, the gangs began to make small raids out into the suburbs. They'd hit the fast food store for a few dollars and gone. They could drive through quiet street shooting out the street lights, and flee before anything could be done about it. Chief Andy could see that things were not going to get better, so he began to hire more deputies. He saw to it they received quality training, and became proficient with their firearms. Our hero and his neighbors almost went ballistic having the C.O.P. spending all that money, and just when it became more difficult to make a living. Petitions were circulated to dump the Mayor and hire someone who would promise to cut back on that one-necessary spending for police.

Then one fine day, an urban gang held up the local bank. They came in with automatic weapons, and cleaned out the till. Leaving the bank they began firing indiscriminately at pedestrians. By the time they were out of the suburbs 32 people lay dead, and 70 were injured. The man's were one of the injured, and would never play football again. That evening, the town council made one last try to get the State authorities to act, but the State would not budge. The next day the Mayor, acting with support of the council and most of the citizens, authorized Chief Andy to go into the city and arrest the gang that had just massacred citizens from their town. There was a lot of objections from citizens who believed that a terrible blood-bath would occur, and perhaps some other means of dealing with the gangs might be found. Some argued that they should wait for the State to act, and other pointed out that their police force had no jurisdiction the City.

Out in the suburbs, some were saying that the Major and Chief Andy were imperialists who only invaded the City to further their own interests. Their suburban town was said to be intent on building an empire, and might even have engineered the bank massacre as an excuse to invade the City. Why should they support their town when they were so obviously in the wrong, and primarily acting to guarantee the profits of absentee landlords, who were obviously wealthy plutocrats? Besides, how come the Major and Chief Andy did not have a workable plan to restore civil society in the City before running off to punish deprived youths whose only problem was that they had been marginalized by capitalist interests?

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