Monday, November 09, 2015

Top Cop Union Threatens Quentin Tarantino

From Mother Jones:

Amid the continuing national debate about policing, Thursday brought the latest batshit PR move from police union leaders. Their current target, Quentin Tarantino, found himself on the receiving end of a veiled threat when Jim Pasco, the head of the national Fraternal Order of Police, told reporters that "something is in the works" against the Hollywood filmmaker. The union's plan, Pasco said, "could happen any time" between now and the premiere of Tarantino's upcoming film, The Hateful Eight, on Christmas Day. Just what exactly did he mean?

More here.

This is getting to be just totally nuts.

The police are government. In a democracy, citizens are SUPPOSED to be critical of government. That's how democracy works. We talk it out in the marketplace of ideas and presumably find the best ideas for how to proceed as a nation through this process. I mean, talking about politics, criticizing centers of power, it's not simply a first amendment right, but rather a civic responsibility.

So now we have a big part of the government, one of the parts with lots of guns, and the ability to take away your freedom on a whim, threatening a prominent citizen for doing EXACTLY WHAT HE OUGHT TO BE DOING.

This is creepy.