The Republican Ideological Problem When It Comes to Anti-Cop Organizations

hannity-garnerI strongly believe that it’s ridiculous to view the debate over race relations or police behavior as a “left vs. right” debate, but that’s more or less what’s happened for many people. Driven by the media’s desire to generate revenue (with anger and division being huge moneymakers), we’ve spent more time in this country discussing these topics as if we were debating political ideologies instead of non-partisan problems in need of rational solutions.

For the most part, “the left” has been on the side of “police officers are out of control” and “the right” has been on the more pro-cop side of the debate.

And while this has gone on, anti-cop organizations like Cop Block have thrived.

But that in and of itself poses a huge ideological conundrum for conservatives. Groups like Cop Block are mostly driven by radical anti-government/anti-establishment individuals. Not only that, but they often work in close connection with and support groups like Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County. These groups are very right-wing, pro-gun and anti-government as well. But these open carry groups are also often very anti-police.

Of course, these groups will claim they’re not anti-cop, but just activists “holding police officers accountable” – which is pure nonsense. These groups have a clear and blatant disdain for law enforcement officials and practically anyone linked to the justice system.

But at the root of their hatred for police officers really lies their disdain for government and authority as a whole. Which is why fools like Open Carry Tarrant County leader Kory Watkins (a frequent guest of Cop Block) write and support treasonous nonsense like this.

And what about Cliven Bundy? You remember him, right? The guy who had his armed band of anti-government radicals prepared for a “standoff” with federal law enforcement officials over unpaid grazing fees. Hell, at the time Fox News’ Sean Hannity was one of his biggest cheerleaders… until Bundy was caught making racist comments about African-Americans.

But at the heart of Bundy’s movement was his disdain for government as well. It’s a disdain that’s shared by open carry activists and anti-government/anti-police groups like Cop Block.

These are people and groups that often mask their anti-government sentiments under the guise of “constitutional values.”

Which is where this hypocrisy being shown by many on the right shines brightest. The GOP, the tea party and the conservative movement as a whole is largely built upon these gun loving, anti-government groups – many of which also have a strong hatred for police officers. And when it comes to these issues, conservatives either fail to understand, or just simply refuse to admit that these “constitutional purist/anti-government/open carry” movements are all rooted in this same hatred for authority and rule of law.

So, when people like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity go off on these tangents against anti-cop protesters and organizations, essentially they’re battling the very same ideology that they frequently push and support.

Because it’s all rooted in the same thing: the opposition to those rules and laws with which that certain individual or group opposes.  And in this case, many of these same groups Fox News would champion as “advocates for constitutional rights” such as Open Carry Tarrant County are also part of the same network of groups, built on the same ideological foundation, as anti-cop/anti-establishment organizations like Cop Block.

And at the end of the day, conservatives like Hannity, O’Reilly and others like them are now essentially battling the very same anti-government ideologies that they’ve supported for years.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Joey Redd

    So what exactly does the right wing have to do with anti-police sentiment or anti-government sentiment? These ideas are all mutually exclusive, in that they have no relation to one and other. I am more left wing than your nonsense progressive stance, instead of putting blame on groups who don’t actually represent what you say, except for perhaps a few individuals, why not admit their is a problem within the system of the government and the police. This problem is very large and needs to be met with. Not with violence but then we should come up with a solution, instead of this empty fingerpointing and lack of solutions you and the groups you complain about seemingly share in.

  • EliWebber

    Well today anything you say against Gov. can be considered anti Gov. even if they do a shitty job that would get most of us fired from a normal job when they do wrong they always have the same answer they just want to move on with their lives , we as citizens rarely have that option.In any case i thought we had that right, that is to bring our grievances to our Gov. Does it matter if its one person or many. As far as police go i think there is allot of people ,thinking they are no longer peace officers. Something is changing problem is its not for the benefit of the people. Be nice to see Gov. pass a few laws that gave us more freedoms instead of taking them away. As far as Police go i think ,we as the people who pay for this so called protection, should at least not be convicted right on the spot by Police , just because people would like to defend their rights as a human being let alone a U.S. Citizen that is by the way supposed to be protected by our constitution. If that piece of paper is thrown in the trash , then what happens is it becomes open season for everyone esp. The Gov. The State and the police.