It’s getting really obvious these days, a few bad cops can ruin a day. And proper screening is a chore. Not that it could solve everything. There’s some basic psychological problem, whether it’s soldiers or cops, you have to know someone to know if you can trust them, and how well can you know a cadet you’ve just met? Any con man, any intelligent sociopath on a power trip, can pretend to be a good citizen.
The problem is constant scrutiny. That can make people paranoid. And cops or soldiers would tend to feel like they’re under constant scrutiny. Because they should be. How many people are cut out for that kind of job? A teacher at some police academy would be cut out to be a judge. Talk about responsibility. It’s like citizenship to the third power. If there’s a proper place for a citadel of justice, it’s Internal Affairs.
Power without judiciousness is ridiculous at best. So I should treat it seriously. It’s like the Miranda rights, something to be redundantly pompous about just to make sure I get it across. You have the right to remain silent blah blah blah. And if it helps in court, swear on the Bible. But it says in the Bible that Jesus said not to do that. There’s a symbolic conundrum. Trust is a privilege that may never be entirely earned, and may God have mercy. Power is a serious thing we can’t seem to do without. Whether it comes from gasoline or the threat of deadly force. It says something that there’s one bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. Those are three things to take seriously. Strong medicine.