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I am the 1 percent

Written by Scott Oldham

I am the 1 percent. I have a job. I work for my living and for the future of myself and my family. I work for the future of the world. Each day I drag my tired, aging rear end out of bed so I can go and relish in all of the nasty belligerence you and your like can heap upon me, and I love it. I signed on for it. In fact, I was born to do it.

I put on my body armor, my protective boots and 20 pounds worth of gun belt and go out and make sure that you, the self appointed 99 percent, can tell me about the inadequacies and inequality of the world. I stand there and protect your right to scream about how much my mates and I have harmed your life—how the world discriminates against you and yours. I learned that we are only mindless fools, the simpleton arms of a political elite.

Yet here I stand keeping the line that allows you to “occupy” and “protest” the unfairness of it all, bold and well defined. I can acknowledge that life isn’t fair. Yet, I deal with it without the apparent psychological harm that seems to affect you and those of your ilk. But I wonder how life can ever be fair as I haven’t yet seen the definition of “fair” in any part of the Constitution, any state criminal code or other document.

But here I stand. I listen. I contemplate. I try to understand exactly what it is you feel you are owed. I try to understand who owes you and why you think something is owed rather than earned. But I make sure my officers and I are here, ready to protect you so no one of the less enlightened in the world causes you harm. I also make sure that through your overwhelming pain and anguish about being so mistreated, you do not slip and accidentally cause harm to yourself or someone else.

I remind the troops that you and your rights are our most important concern. The oath we have all sworn to uphold begins with a solemn pledge to support and defend the Constitution. That same document gives you all of the rights you enjoy flaunting. I will continue to do my job, escorting you down the street, keeping all the true evil in the world from coming close to you.

I hear your cries of disenchantment. In fact, I can see your thoughts on corporate greed and the harm that technology has caused the world, all of which you thankfully posted immediately to YouTube direct from your iPhone 4S. I can read of your pain and feel your worry over the dissolution of society and the hypocrisy in the world each night on your Facebook page.

But in the end, I remind myself and my officers that we are the 1 percent. We will stand here and protect you no matter how much you despise us and the things that we represent. We will allow for you to berate us, to call into question every moral value that we know to be true and to tell the world how right you are in your beliefs.

We stand here to be sure that you, the self-anointed masses, the self-proclaimed 99 percent, can make your points and speak your minds. And we do it all willingly, with every fiber of our being.

We are the 1 percent. We assure the safety, and the rights, of the 99 percent.

Scott Oldham is a lieutenant with the Bloomington, Ind., Police Department. After 18 years with the department’s tactical unit, Lt. Oldham recently left the team after serving in various capacities, including team commander. He can be reached at oldhams@bloomington.in.gov.

Published in Law and Order, Nov 2011

Rating : 9.2


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This article got it right

By Hard-Working American

What did they think would happen? That the cops would just give up and go home? If that were to ever happen, the REAL 99 would stand up and take back our citiesand you don’t want that to happen, because we won’t be as nice. If you ask me, pepper spray and rubber bullets was too easy. To all the cops who had to deal with these unruly mobs, may God bless you and keep you safe.

Submitted Dec 25 at 10:52 PM

This article got it right

By Hard-Working American

I, along with ninety-nine percent of this country, stood and applauded when cops finally started taking our cities back for us. They exercised amazing restraint while finally stepping in to protect the REAL 99 of us against the .001 of the people who refuse to get a job and who believe they do not have to work for anything. They were all warned to get up and leave, but they did not heed the warning. What did they think would happen? That the cops would just give up and go home? If that were to ever happen, the REAL 99 would stand up and take back our citiesand you don’t want that to happen, because we won’t be as nice. If you ask me, pepper spray and rubber bullets was too easy. To all the cops who had to deal with these unruly mobs, may God bless you and keep you safe.

Submitted Dec 25 at 10:50 PM

This article got it right

By Hard-Working American

What did they think would happen? That the cops would just give up and go home? If that were to ever happen, the REAL 99 would stand up and take back our cities, and you don’t want that to happen, because we won’t be as gentle. If you ask me, pepper spray and rubber bullets was too easy. To all the cops who had to deal with these unruly mobs, may God bless you and keep you safe.

Submitted Dec 25 at 10:44 PM

This article got it right

By Hard-Working American

“Concerned American”, you sound more like a concerned occupier. These self-proclaimed “99” do NOT represent ninety-nine percent of this country. They do NOT speak for me and they do NOT speak for any other hard-working American I know. While they’re lazing around destroying private and public property, Ialong with the other REAL 99am working hard and paying taxes. Your “99” are trampling on MY rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Everywhere they go they interfere with businesses and prevent good Americans from enjoying public and private property. They do NOT have “God-given” and “constitutional” rights to interfere with my life, my liberty or my pursuit of happiness. You know nothing about our rights as Americans. You have the right to “peaceably assemble”. You do NOT have the right to indefinitely occupy property that doesn’t belong to you. You do NOT have the right to infringe upon the rights of other Americans to enjoy that same property. You do NOT have the right to shut down businesses and take money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans. You do NOT have the right to block me from getting to where I want to go. You do NOT have the right to pitch a tent in the middle of the city and LIVE there. You do NOT have the right to free rent, food or other stuff. If you want something, go get a job and pay for it like I do. It’s not always easy making ends meet, but we have every opportunity to be successful in this great country. If you aren’t successful, it’s because you’re too lazy and you aren’t trying hard enough. I, along with ninety-nine percent of this country, stood and applauded when cops finally started taking our cities back for us. They exercised amazing restraint while finally stepping in to protect the REAL 99 of us against the .001 of the people who refuse to get a job and who believe they do not have to work for anything. They were all warned to get up and leave, but they did not heed the warning. What did they think

Submitted Dec 25 at 10:40 PM

Us and Them Mentality Continued...

By A Concerned American

fellow officers and the public. Unfortunately the actions of a few bad cops ruin the public image of the officers trying to protect the rights of the consensually governed. The public will tend to distrust the intentions of all officers in a domino effect. If police are not willing to stand up to rouge cops and their violent acts of excessive force and intimidation then they are just as guilty as the ones committing the acts. Be the 1 that stands up to tyranny. Keep your oath and work on treating your neighbor as you would your self. You will see a drastic change in public relations. Win the hearts of minds and compliance will come freely. Beating people into compliance only creates resistance.

Submitted Dec 25 at 5:24 AM

Us and Them Mentality

By A concerned American

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Scott When you took your OATH of office you swore to God your creator that you would defend the consensually governed and their God given rights and rights upheld by the constitution from threats both foreign and domestic. The so called 99 are not self appointed. They are born with unalienable rights as living breathing people. Your powers are limited to protecting the rights of the citizens you swore to protect and serve. This protection does not include arresting and charging fines and imprisoning those citizens for exercising their God given and constitutional rights, it does not include spraying crowds that are non violent with pepper spray or shooting indiscriminately into crowds with OC canisters and rubber bullets. Protection is a relative term. If this is the kind of service police are providing to the consensually governed, dont be surprised if that consent is withdrawn and replaced with resistance. We the people are not owed anything. We have inalienable rights given by our creator. We expect that the officers we elect and hire to protect those rights do so. Our rights should not have to be earned but are already given to us at birth. If police choose not to protect those rights then they are breaking their Oaths of office and in effect are no longer law enforcing but law breaking. I understand that police see the worst kinds of evil in people on a daily basis and that can tend to affect the minds of those men and women psychologically. This doesnt mean that men and women can change their mind about the oath they took on a case by case basis. The Us and Them mentality will only cause a division between your fello

Submitted Dec 25 at 5:03 AM

From a etired LEO

By Jerry Staton

Over the years I have benefited from many articles authored by Scott Oldham. His name is well known in the law enforcment arena. But this time I think Scott missed the bullseye. While we are a part of the 1 that does the job few are willing to do, the bulk of the folks out there demonstrating against the establishment are not the 99. Most of those numbers are busy working every day trying to provide for their families. Im not suggesting there is not plenty to complain about, just that we rarely ever hear from the majority. If we ever do get to where they are out in the street making their collective voices heard, the thin blue line will be there to protect them also.

Submitted Dec 23 at 11:27 AM

Excellent

By Burt Forney

Thank you, Scott, and all of your associates, for what you do for us when no one is watching, and few appreciate you for it. Your comments were written without sarcasm or condescension, and reflect the values you bring to your profession.

Submitted Dec 22 at 8:13 PM

Youre Missing The Point, Scott

By Dave Hongo

We enforce the rights of the 99 because were duty-bound to do it, not because we are part of the 1 of the nation that owns the vast majority of its wealth. The protesters can be obnoxious, but their complaints represent us, too, as working people who continue to haul the freight while underfunded governments come looking for more givebacks from us.

Submitted Dec 14 at 11:16 PM

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