Once again, it's time to take another look at American "law
enforcement" in action, to determine if they are noble and brave
public servants who deserve our utmost respect, or if they are
fascist pigs who deserve our scorn and condemnation. So here is
today's example (only a few minutes long):
During the incident shown on that video, most of the cop's comments
demonstrate that he is a belligerent jerk and an obnoxious
butthead, but that's not really what we're looking for. The fascist
mindset is more than just being rude, or even being a bully. So,
for example, when the cop yells at the kid, assaults him (in a
relatively minor way), pushes him to the ground, threatens to smack
him in the head for his "attitude," and steals his skateboard--not
to mention making what is basically a veiled death threat--that
shows that the DUDE is a basically rotten human being, who
certainly should NOT have a badge, or ever be given any power over
anyone. But it does not, by itself, prove that he is an honest-to-
goodness fascist. The indications of THAT are more subtle.
Once again, here is the test for whether a cop is a fascist or not:
A NON-fascist cop, when he looks out at the world, would see lots
of good people, whom he would want to protect, and would never want
to harm, intimidate, or even inconvenience unnecessarily. His goal
would be to find the nasty people in the world, and see to it that
they are prevented from harming any of the decent people.
A FASCIST cop, on the other hand, would view everyone as his
inferior, to be controlled, interrogated, or even abused at will.
He sees himself, a representative of "authority," as having the
right to forcibly impose his will on anyone he wants, whenever he
wants, for any reason (or no reason) and the right to use outright
violence against any who do not obey his every whim.
So, aside from being a bully and a thug, what indications do we see
of "Officer" Rivieri's view of the world? Well, he seems to think
that when HE is talking, "you shut your mouth." He also gets rather
dramatically offended when someone calls him "dude"--which was the
cause of his prolonged, delusional temper tantrum to begin with.
(Of all the teenagers out there in the world, the one in the video
seems to be rather LOW on the rudeness scale.) The cop also orders
the kid to sit down, suggesting that he likes to be standing over
What do all those things tell us about this cop? They tell us that
he loves DOMINATING other people. In other words, he loves
pretending to be AUTHORITY--the one with the right to boss everyone
else around. Notice how vehement he is about being called "OFFICER
Rivieri." (Personally, I think "Nazi Swine Rivieri" would be more
appropriate, but that's just me.) He repeatedly demands "respect,"
which, in that context, obviously means that he wants everyone else
treating him as their SUPERIOR.
And the dead giveaway--the FIRST thing he complains about to the
kid--is that the kid "disrespected me, this badge, and my
department." By doing what? By not groveling to the master,
obviously. The kid didn't fight, didn't resist, didn't yell, and
didn't do any of the other things he would have been perfectly
justified in doing. In the eyes of Fuhrer Rivieri, the kid
committed blasphemy by calling GOD ALMIGHTY "dude." Because Mr.
Rivieri is no mere mortal. Oh, no. He is a representative of
AUTHORITY, and thus must be obeyed without question, and treated at
all times as a superior being!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the mindset of a fascist pig.