Lew Rockwell Blog
May 1, 2014
|Image: Sheriff Ed Brown (YouTube).|
“The vast majority of our Duties and Functions are performed with only our conscience Watching and Directing us,” Brown explained in a full-page advertisement for his re-election campaign. “Those in the law enforcement profession have complete power over you, your life, your family, your loved ones, your rights, your freedom, your future and everything precious to life. From the very word of a Law Enforcement Office [sic], all those Precious Things of Life hang.”
As the acknowledged author of the advertisement, Sheriff Brown bears sole responsibility for both its candidly totalitarian content and its eccentric use of capitalization.
After the ad prompted criticism from some Onslow County residents, Brown objected that his words were misunderstood, and that his intent was to say that the criminal justice system “covers and protects” every aspect of a citizen’s life. But this clarification merely emphasizes the claim that police have power over citizens – that they are masters, rather than servants.