We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Until recently, Brit police didn't need to be armed. First they implemented gun control and the amount of gun crime went through the roof (duh!). Now they have a portion of the population that is not accountable to the law and is not afraid of the police and most of whom are paid to exist.
Their welfare state has spawned not only a class of people who are not interested in working for a living but are also lawlessness just like it has here in the US.
The biggest source of societal problems is when the government takes money from one person and gives it to another. It's a cancer.
The biggest problem is that "the cop on the beat," by trying to control this mob, understands that their leadership will not back them, up in case of trouble / causalities, and in fact THEY (the lowly bobbie) would get accused of racism and / or hate crimes, and would suffer because of any incident. Think Darren Wilson against Michael Brown in Ferguson, MS, and what I'm saying may become clear.
The advantage that Americans have is the 2nd amendment allows us (somewhat) to defend ourselves. Think of the average british citizen, and what they face against these organized groups...
"The advantage that Americans have is the 2nd amendment"
Maybe. George Zimmerman defended his life when he was brutally attacked in the only way that was left open to him. Because of that his life was ruined. The media and police are "laying" for him and sooner or later he will go to jail. Why? Because he had the temerity to shoot an attacker from a "protected" group. If you pay attention to the news you will see that Cair and others are trying very hard to make muslims a protected group in this country. Once that happens if you shoot one in self defense you can expect the full weight of the local, the state and the federal government to come down on you. You will be broken, broke and lucky to not go to jail.
I agree that the British are in bad shape re: Muslims and that these unarmed police probably had no other choice and it's pretty obvious that the Brits are even further down the road to perdition than we are.
I would like to point out that this video is from January 2009. Perhaps things are better because of this episode....or perhaps they are even worse.
Britain's plight today is saddest to me because England was responsible for spreading the idea of the rights of man and freedom of the individual throughout the world. Our forefathers got their ideas of liberty from their English heritage.
I would actually vote for a law that said "as soon as you hear AllahuAkbar, you have permission to shoot".
Can't believe how angry I get at these 'people' who move in, demand support and proceed to try to destroy the country that accepts them.
But whenever I see unruly crowds in tight urban street settings, I think of New Orleans and Mardi Gras, and the mounted police. Mounted police have the advantage and can easily clear city blocks in a matter of minutes. Want to get pinched between a horse and a brick wall, or stepped on by a horse? I didn't think so. Yeah, you're little flash mob doesn't look so tough now.