I 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.