It’s OK when the State does something. The State can lie (entrapment), cheat (inflation), steal (taxation), participate in a Ponzi scheme (Social Security), and kill by direct order of the President or some government agency. If you or I did any of these things, we would be put in prison. We are living under the directive of the popular slogan made famous by the Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini:
Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato. “Everything for the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”
It’s OK when the State kills. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said as much:
“But let me say, yes. One of the definitions of a nation State is that the State has a monopoly on legitimate violence. And the State ought to have a monopoly on legitimate violence.”
There is enough evidence in the history books to confirm the killing privileges of the State. A leftist like Nadler is all for the hit-man State as long as his people are in control of the State.
In 1926 our government tried to stop the selling and consumption of illegal alcohol by poisoning it. Slate reports on this rarely talked about bit of State extermination:
“Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.
“As one of its most outspoken opponents, Charles Norris, the chief medical examiner of New York City during the 1920s, liked to say, it was ‘our national experiment in extermination.’”
In 1992, the government went after Randy Weaver on trumped up charges. The story is long and involved. You can read a fair account of it here and here. In the end, Vicki Weaver was shot dead as was the Weaver’s son. Fourteen-year-old Sammy Weaver was shot in the back by a Deputy United States Marshall. Vicki was shot in the head while she was holding her infant daughter. “In the out-of-court settlement, the government did not admit any wrongdoing in the deaths of Sammy and Vicki Weaver.”
Only because of a public outcry did the government suffer any consequences of this tragedy.
Our government is daily emboldened. There is talk of President Obama issuing an Executive Order banning certain guns. The President has been in the Executive Order business with nary a peep from the Republicans.