Writing rules for your sheepdog

At the beginning of the movie, American Sniper, the father is explaining the world to his two sons.

Wayne Kyle: [to his sons]
There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.

Then you've got predators who use violence to prey on the weak. They're the wolves.

And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdogs.

Most people consider self defense an ethical use of deadly force. However, many people are unable or unwilling to accept responsibility for their own self defense. Therefore, society has authorized the use of "sheepdogs" to exercise defense on our behalf. I am, of course, referring to the numerous levels of law enforcement, from the local police to FBI, DEA, and CIA. Focusing on the local police for the moment, news reports are filled with stories (and videos) of police officers shooting and killing presumably innocent victims. Naturally, each incident must be judged solely on the circumstances of that event. I don't doubt that some of the people shot and killed were less innocent than the news reports or videos make them out to be. On the other hand, it is clear that many of our sheepdogs have slipped their leash and are killing lambs and biting the mailman. Certainly not the actions we authorized them to take on our behalf.

I went to the theater yesterday to see Sicario which gives us a Hollywood look at some of our federal sheepdogs. (No spoiler alerts necessary.) The primary character is a young, female FBI agent transferred to assist in the drug war in Texas. She is a "straight shooter" who insists that the DEA officers she's working with "follow procedures". She begins to realize that the bad guys don't follow any set of rules, which means that her survival requires - how can I say this? - a more liberal use of lethal force than she's accustomed to. For me, the most important message to take from this movie is questioning the ethics of having sheepdogs in the first place. If you're not happy because your sheepdog isn't following your rules, then you should assume more responsibility for your own self defense. That way YOU can make all of those split-second ethical decisions on your own.

Every day there is a news story in Chicago about people who "just want to stop the violence". So do I, but the solution is not having a neighborhood barbeque and wailing "can't we all just get along?". We have systematically created the violence in our streets and towns. We establish additional gun laws that are followed only be people not prone to violence. Divorced, remarried parents exile their children to a disfunctional school system where self-esteem is more important than science, math, or proper grammar. How can we expect these children to exit that system as normal adults? Then we demand that police officers patrol our streets to capture well-armed, violent drug dealers, and we bitch when they get nervous and shoot a child who's brandishing a realistic toy gun. I'm not overly fond of authority figures in uniform, however we've asked our sheepdogs to do the impossible. The news reports we watch are the direct result of our folly.

I think the answer lies in the opposite direction. Each person needs to reaffirm the responsibility for their own self defense. All gun laws should be eliminated since they infringe on your right to self defense. Well armed parents should escort their children to schools replete with well armed teachers. This doesn't eliminate the possibility of a drive-by shooting, but it dramatically increases the probability that the shooter won't live to the end of the block. You probably know someone who thinks this solution is unacceptable. You may even think that yourself. "Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep."

Protecting the sheep, one .45 hollow-point at a time!

Michael Badnarik

Bravo, Sir!

Bravo, Sir!

Sheep,Wolves, and Sheepdogs.

Excellent article.........Making it simple for anyone to understand.

I started to write something, but decided I was getting too wordy.
I do have question:  Is it ok to share parts  (or all) of your article on Facebook?

Of course with proper credit to source (newsletter)  and to you.

Thank you.

[mjb: Thank you. Anyone is welcome to reproduce my articles where ever they might find additional readers.]

Agreeing with you......

Agreeing with you......It's our responsibility.....AMEN...


well said and 100% correct, we need more like minded people in our society, both in private and public sectors

Sheepdog Article.

An excellent explanation.  It shows protection is a personal responsibility to be aided by the sheepdogs only when the occasion warrants.


That is an excellent description of what we are facing in this country today. 


Are the sheepdogs even Constitutional?

[mjb: The sheepdogs themselves are Constitutional, however sometimes their actions are not. Sometimes sheepdogs violate the terms of their charter. (Hence, the title of this newsletter.)]

 Not to be a pain....but

Not to be a pain....but where in the Constitution does it allow for police forces, which I've heard are actually separate corporate entities?

[mjb: Short answer: nowhere.

Keep in mind that the Constitution only establishes the national (aka "federal") government. The Tenth Amendment reminds us that the states have more authority than the feds. However, let's not forget that "We the People" retain sovereign authority over all levels of government. We just have to have the wisdom and courage to use it.]


My PRIMARY issue with street justice is that the due process escapes those that the sheepdawgs could easily have not massacred on the street. IF I were a scumbag esquire, I'd be p.o'd that I lost another option to RE - present another defense for an indicted individual. That's the Republic(an) way.

[mjb: WHOA! The problem with metaphors is that they can be easily misinterpreted. I do not condone "street justice" by the police, or vigilantism by armed civilians. Nobody should be massacred in the street. This article is all about the JUSTIFIED use of force for self defense. Some of our law enforcement agents use more lethal force than we are comfortable with, That's why I recommend that each person take more responsibility for their own self defense. That requires each person to justify the level of force they've used in any given incident. A *credible threat* of force is often enough to protect life and property, making actual lethal force unnecessary.]

The language barrier

Been a long time since we met outside of Fayetville, Georgia at Linda's house and it's good to read your Master of the obvious article above. I find it disconcerting that such articles are needed these days. The complete lack of of factual historical teaching in every level of Academia makes your words, though reasoned and true, sound more like a snake oil salesman. Yes, we all know that's by design but infuriating none the less.
[mjb: I wish I knew whether the Founding Fathers were considered radicals when they talked about the importance of private property. Keep in mind that radical means "going to the root; fundamental".]

People can say what they want about the Constitution for the united states of America but wouldn't it be nice if they actually read the 1789 ratified version first? Just saying. For that matter, a good suggestion would be for those same folks to read or re-read "A Declaration" penned in 1776. Having heard you speak about these documents with reverence I grew to appreciate two things. First, the plain English used when writing these documents and second the subsequent (successful) efforts to bastardize them.

When, in Article III, the types of law are discussed, we find Law and Equity top the list and then followed by but granted, important, Admiralty and Maritime law. The judiciary in America has since decided that they will only now deal in commerce which is Admiralty and remains the biggest stumbling block for any involved with the courts to affect (not the proper word) justice.
[mjb: I have often said that among the three branches of government (legislative, executive, judicial) it is the judicial branch that threatens our liberty the most.]

Many of us who have had to re-educate ourselves about the Supreme Law of the land now find that its use is as foreign to the courts and the Judiciary as Legalese is to us. The gap widens on a daily basis and Americans by and large haven't a clue this is happening. This driven a wedge between government, now legally (ugh) protected by the Legalese speaking Attorneys from We the People and allows for the ever increasing corporatization of all things government.

Enter the second Amendment and the reason why we see the constant assault on what is now considered to be a mere priviledge. Me thinks we are wasting time trying to play the word games any more.

What is your thought on this matter Michael?
[mjb: Amen!
"If you make peaceful revolution impossible, you make violent revolution inevitable"
John F. Kennedy
"If the First Amendment doesn't work, the Second Amendment will."
Michael Badnarik]

 You have written a bitter

You have written a bitter reality in this article. People(Sheeps) are the responsible for this bad situation of our country. While reading http://www.writingbunch.co.uk/buy-an-essay/  i found out many reasons why we are facing these situations in our country and it is same as you mentioned in this article.

Writing Rules for your Sheepdog

Hear, hear!  GREAT article and commentary on the subject. 

I love your closing: "Protecting the sheep, one .45 hollow-point at a time!"

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