High Noon for America

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High Noon for America

Mar­tin: [To Kaine] You risk your skin catch­ing killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If you’re hon­est you’re poor your whole life and in the end you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For noth­ing. For a tin star.

Helen: Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody’s gonna do any­thing about it. And when he dies, this town dies too. I can feel it. I am all alone in the world. I have to make a liv­ing. So I’m going some­place else. That’s all.

Kibbee: This thing has been han­dled wrong. Those three killers walk­ing the streets bold as brass…Why didn’t you put them in jail where they ought to be? Then we’d only have Miller to worry about.
Mar­shall Kaine: I haven’t any­thing to arrest them for. They haven’t done any­thing. There’s no law against them sit­ting on a bench at the depot.

High Noon 1952

One of the great west­erns in fact one of the great movies is High Noon star­ing Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. The basic plot is about a Mar­shall Will Kaine (Cooper) who has just got­ten mar­ried and is leav­ing his posi­tion, the new mar­shall is due in a cou­ple of days as the town but it turns out the old gang of a killer who the Mar­shall sent away turns up at the train sta­tion wait­ing for the leader who has been par­doned by the gov­er­nor and vowed revenge on him.

After ini­tially choos­ing to flee he returns to the town to get a posse up to con­front this prob­lem but dis­cov­ers that the town that was so happy to have his pro­tec­tion an his friends who were so delighted to attend his wed­ding are unwill­ing to stand behind him.

A lot has been writ­ten about that aspect of the movie but there is one other aspect, an aspect that really applies to the sit­u­a­tion in Dal­las and else­where that’s worth remind­ing peo­ple of.

The new wife of the mar­shal (Grace Kelly) is a quaker, a paci­fist, who gives him an ulti­ma­tum, either leave this town or she will leave him. When he refuses she waits at a local hotel to leave on the noon train, the same train the killer (Frank Miller) is com­ing on. While there she has this exchange with the a hotel clerk.

Amy Kaine: You don’t Like my hus­band, do you?
Clerk: No.
Amy Kaine: Why?
Clerk: Lots of rea­sons. This place was always busy when Frank Miller was around. I’m not the only one. A plenty of peo­ple think he’s got a come­up­pance com­ing. You asked me, ma’am, so I’m telling you.

He is not alone, when Miller’s brother (Sheb Woo­ley) leaves the train sta­tion to get a bot­tle of Whisky at a local bar he is warmly greeted:

Bar­tender: Hey, Ben! How are you? Hey, look who’s here! How are you, Ben?
Ben Miller: Give me a bot­tle.
Bar­tender: It’s been a long time, Ben.
Ben Miller: Yeah.
Bar­tender: Yes, sir. How’s Frank?
Ben Miller: He’s not com­plain­ing.
Bar­tender: It’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight, eh?
Ben Miller: I wouldn’t be surprised.

In both cases the peo­ple delighted at the prospect of the return of the Miller gang know who and what they are, they know what will hap­pen if they reestab­lish them­selves in the town as evi­denced both by the “hot time” line and by Kaine words to them when he comes in look­ing for deputies

All right We all know what Miller’s like. That’s why I’m here. How about it?

but nobody moves, some because they are afraid of what ill hap­pen if they con­front mill but oth­ers like the Bar­tender for a dif­fer­ent reason.

He and the clerk before him both under­stand that while the town in gen­eral may suf­fer, while inno­cent peo­ple might get shot, shop own­ers might be robbed or intim­i­dated and women assaulted or raped, they, the bar­tender and the clerk, know their per­sonal busi­ness and their per­sonal profit will ben­e­fit, and besides they didn’t much care for those folks that Miller will ter­ror­ize anyways

And that dear friends are were we are right now in America.

Regard­less of now sud­denly somber and respect­ful words of our friends on the left have sud­denly adopted they under­stand that their elec­toral base and the sub­se­quent power they bring is depen­dent on peo­ple who at best don’t like or trust the police or at worst are in favor of or indif­fer­ent to their mur­der. They also under­stand that any sug­ges­tion that the lives of police are just as valu­able as those who may be killed in the line of duty is a recipe an elec­toral or finan­cial disaster.

I think that we’ve reached a break­ing point, I think that police are rapidly real­iz­ing that at least one major Amer­i­can party doesn’t want to choose between back­ing rule of law and respect for those who enforce it and risk­ing the wrath of a vot­ing niche that they depend on for power or not.

But that’s the choice that has to be made. Police par­tic­u­larly in those large cities, that coin­ci­den­tally are over­whelm­ingly con­trolled by the party that has encour­aged and enabled those who look at police and cry “mur­ders”. and the media that backs them MUST be made to make this choice, to make it clearly and in pub­lic. To answer the con­tra­dic­tion that Glenn Reynolds notes:

Well, it’s the only way Dem polit­i­cans can avoid the con­tra­dic­tion of being anti-​police but want­ing urban cen­ters to pros­per. But as Richard Fer­nan­dez notes, the con­tra­dic­tions are com­ing home to roost.

Police actu­ally already under­stand this and have to some degree, taken steps to pro­tect them­selves post Fer­gu­son:

As Jack Dun­phy has writ­ten, “Mur­der rates are soar­ing in Chicago, Mil­wau­kee, St. Louis, Bal­ti­more and else­where as the police in those cities, acutely aware of the pol­i­tics of the moment, attune their behav­ior so as to min­i­mize risk – not the risk to life and limb, which they accept and pre­pare for as part of the job, but the risk to their liveli­hood that arises when the tac­ti­cal deci­sions they make in the blink of an eye are viewed through a polit­i­cal prism for months or even years. There is no amount of train­ing that can pre­pare a cop for that risk; there is only the choice to avoid it… Crime is up and will go higher. Don’t expect this to change any time soon.”

While this makes sense since the pri­mary duty of a police offi­cer is to get home alive, I sub­mit and sug­gest that this is not effec­tive because that increased risk is not shared by the pols and the agi­ta­tors who have enabled this situation.

I don’t know about any­one else, but if I was the police chief of such as city, and the polit­i­cal left that con­trols my city is not will­ing to stand with the men and women who pro­tect them I’d pull them off the streets rather than have them risk their necks for peo­ple who don’t care if they live or die.

That way not only will the crim­i­nal ele­ment have the joy of dis­cov­er­ing the real­ity that it is only the police that pro­tect them from the wrath of those they prey on, but the elites can dis­cover the joy of being free from those vile men and women in blue guard­ing their offices, their busi­ness and their home and the free­dom of self reliance.

I think it would be a fas­ci­nat­ing exper­i­ment in cause and effect, but one that we are unlikely to see, because I sus­pect those men and women in blue that our friends on the left so love to cri­tique, like Mar­shal Will Kaine, just can’t bring them­selves to leave their towns unde­fended, even at the cost of their lives.


Well the year his half over and despite a hor­ri­ble June (My worst traf­fic month in many years) We are still way over our pace at this time last year and slightly over the pre­vi­ous six months here at DaT­e­chGuy Blog the first six months of last year.

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Martin: [To Kaine] You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If you’re honest you’re poor your whole life and in the end you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star.

Helen: Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody’s gonna do anything about it. And when he dies, this town dies too. I can feel it. I am all alone in the world. I have to make a living. So I’m going someplace else. That’s all.

Kibbee: This thing has been handled wrong. Those three killers walking the streets bold as brass…Why didn’t you put them in jail where they ought to be? Then we’d only have Miller to worry about.
Marshall Kaine: I haven’t anything to arrest them for. They haven’t done anything. There’s no law against them sitting on a bench at the depot.

High Noon 1952

One of the great westerns in fact one of the great movies is High Noon staring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. The basic plot is about a Marshall Will Kaine (Cooper) who has just gotten married and is leaving his position, the new marshall is due in a couple of days as the town but it turns out the old gang of a killer who the Marshall sent away turns up at the train station waiting for the leader who has been pardoned by the governor and vowed revenge on him.

After initially choosing to flee he returns to the town to get a posse up to confront this problem but discovers that the town that was so happy to have his protection an his friends who were so delighted to attend his wedding are unwilling to stand behind him.

A lot has been written about that aspect of the movie but there is one other aspect, an aspect that really applies to the situation in Dallas and elsewhere that’s worth reminding people of.

The new wife of the marshal (Grace Kelly) is a quaker, a pacifist, who gives him an ultimatum, either leave this town or she will leave him. When he refuses she waits at a local hotel to leave on the noon train, the same train the killer (Frank Miller) is coming on. While there she has this exchange with the a hotel clerk.

Amy Kaine: You don’t Like my husband, do you?
Clerk: No.
Amy Kaine: Why?
Clerk: Lots of reasons. This place was always busy when Frank Miller was around. I’m not the only one. A plenty of people think he’s got a comeuppance coming. You asked me, ma’am, so I’m telling you.

He is not alone, when Miller’s brother (Sheb Wooley) leaves the train station to get a bottle of Whisky at a local bar he is warmly greeted:

Bartender: Hey, Ben! How are you? Hey, look who’s here! How are you, Ben?
Ben Miller: Give me a bottle.
Bartender: It’s been a long time, Ben.
Ben Miller: Yeah.
Bartender: Yes, sir. How’s Frank?
Ben Miller: He’s not complaining.
Bartender: It’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight, eh?
Ben Miller: I wouldn’t be surprised.

In both cases the people delighted at the prospect of the return of the Miller gang know who and what they are, they know what will happen if they reestablish themselves in the town as evidenced both by the “hot time” line and  by Kaine words to them when he comes in looking for deputies

All right We all know what Miller’s like. That’s why I’m here. How about it?

but nobody moves, some because they are afraid of what ill happen if they confront mill but others like the Bartender for a different reason.

He and the clerk before him both understand that while the town in general may suffer, while innocent people might get shot, shop owners might be robbed or intimidated and women assaulted or raped, they, the bartender and the clerk, know their personal business and their personal profit will benefit, and besides they didn’t much care for those folks that Miller will terrorize anyways

And that dear friends are were we are right now in America.

Regardless of now suddenly somber and respectful words of our friends on the left have suddenly adopted they understand that their electoral base and the subsequent power they bring is dependent on people who at best don’t like or trust the police or at worst are in favor of  or indifferent to their murder.  They also understand that any suggestion that the lives of police are just as valuable as those who may be killed in the line of duty is a recipe an electoral or financial disaster.

 

I think that we’ve reached a breaking point, I think that police are rapidly realizing that at least one major American party doesn’t want to choose between backing rule of law and respect for those who enforce it and risking the wrath of a voting niche that they depend on for power or not.

But that’s the choice that has to be made.  Police particularly in those large cities, that coincidentally are overwhelmingly controlled by the party that has encouraged and enabled those who look at police and cry “murders”. and the media that backs them MUST be made to make this choice, to make it clearly and in public.  To answer the contradiction that Glenn Reynolds notes:

Well, it’s the only way Dem politicans can avoid the contradiction of being anti-police but wanting urban centers to prosper. But as Richard Fernandez notes, the contradictions are coming home to roost.

Police actually already understand this and have to some degree, taken steps to protect themselves post Ferguson:

 

As Jack Dunphy has written, “Murder rates are soaring in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Baltimore and elsewhere as the police in those cities, acutely aware of the politics of the moment, attune their behavior so as to minimize risk – not the risk to life and limb, which they accept and prepare for as part of the job, but the risk to their livelihood that arises when the tactical decisions they make in the blink of an eye are viewed through a political prism for months or even years.  There is no amount of training that can prepare a cop for that risk; there is only the choice to avoid it… Crime is up and will go higher.  Don’t expect this to change any time soon.”

While this makes sense since the primary duty of a police officer is to get home alive, I submit and suggest that this is not effective because that increased risk is not shared by the pols and the agitators who have enabled this situation.

I don’t know about anyone else, but if I was the police chief of such as city, and the political left that controls my city is not willing to stand with the men and women who protect them I’d pull them off the streets rather than have them risk their necks for people who don’t care if they live or die.

That way not only will the criminal element have the joy of discovering the reality that it is only the police that protect them from the wrath of those they prey on, but the elites can discover the joy of being free from those vile men and women in blue guarding their offices, their business and their home and the freedom of self reliance.

I think it would be a fascinating experiment in cause and effect, but one that we are unlikely to see, because I suspect those men and women in blue that our friends on the left so love to critique, like Marshal Will Kaine, just can’t bring themselves to leave their towns undefended, even at the cost of their lives.


Well the year his half over and despite a horrible June (My worst traffic month in many years) We are still way over our pace at this time last year and slightly over the previous six months here at DaTechGuy Blog the first six months of last year.

DaTipJar however continues to lag, sitting at just over 21% of our annual goal or less that half of where we might hope to be by now.

I’d like to think we do good work here If you’d like to help us keep up the pace please consider hitting DaTipJar




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