You know, I probably believe in law enforcement a lot more than you may. The difference being, I believe in local, local, local.
Everything should be taken care of at the lowest level by those closest to it. Ironically, and maybe its a misnomer but the founders referred to the distributed power to the States as "Federalism", where the federal government and the States have shared power, not all power residing at the central government. I always thought that was an oxymoron---the name doesn't connote that too well.
I believe in small government, decentralized, and liberty for the people. I believe in a Republic not a Pure Democracy.
You may love big government, and swear by Democracy.......Most people don't know the difference between Republicanism and a Pure Democracy. You see I really prefer the rights of the minority be protected, not the rights of the majority. Protecting the rights of the majority actually becomes the Tyranny of the Majority Mob Rule-- Read the Federalist Papers-James Madison.
(The pledge of allegiance also says to the Republic for which I stand......I'm so glad they got it right! But, soon I'm sure someone will ask them to change it to the Democracy........)
I refer you to this link where I have tried to explain myself on Democracy vs, Republicanism---(and I don't mean this in a political modern day context whatsover, but in the context of the framing of the original constitution and a system of government structurally).
Take a stroll through this link below and you will understand where I am coming from:
You may not agree, but you will understand my frame of reference.
The Bill of Rights has only 10 amendments to our original Constitution. That's not bad for a document that has survived 235 years. It is the world's longest suriviving charter of government. The 2nd amendment comes only after the 1st amendment which has to do with freedom of speech. So, the...
I hate to say it, but the way Democracy is bantied about today, it has almost become a dirty word. It does not mean freedom or liberty anymore.
So, give me small government that sticks to their main job, whether it is processing and collecting taxes, or regulating in some sensible and reasonable fashion clean air and water. They needn't become fascist, nazi-like agencies, overzealous and obtrusive, and unreasonable, and power exercising agencies which are filled with unelected beaurucrats and deep state career ugly folks.
They will please me just fine if they perform their functions, serve the people, not crush them, and do what is needed, not what they want to do necessarily. No agendas,,,,,,just service thank you.
So, no philosophically, I don't think they need to arm up, and become brown shirt agency armies to lower the boom on citizens who are paying the taxes that employ them.
The federal government has begun to treat people, its own citizens like colonists, instead of its stakeholders and customers.
That's what the original tea party was all about. Rebellion against taxation with no representation and the usurping of individual liberty and abuse of power by the King and parliament far far away from the colonies......sounds like Washington D.C.?
To some extent, this has begun again. Thank goodness we have checks and balances and courts in our government or it would have already gone completely south.
I'm not against law enforcement. I am for it 100% and then some, just at the right level with the right amount of enforcement and as local as possible. I am also very much against waste.....and what I see is tremendous inefficiency and waste in the federal government. Where are my tax dollars going and why?
You and I just very very different beliefs, ideas, and world views. Its likely to stay that way.