CDR: Insure Domestic Tranquility
by M.T. Bass
“The police are not here to create disorder, they're here to preserve disorder.” ~Mayor Richard J. Daily. Actually, since absolute freedom is pretty much pure anarchy, then maybe Daley was closer to the truth than it might first appear -- at least for this country. After all, freedom is disorderly, because everyone is at liberty to pursue their own lives and happinesses. So the the question is: Are the police in this country here to restrict and oppress Citizen liberty or to help preserve our freedoms -- or, as Mayor Daley put it, "to preserve disorder?"
The Citizen's Desk Reference is not a civics or a history book, a political manifesto or a manual for community organizing or an attempt to sway your vote left or right or otherwise. These books are like a software manual or the universal remote control operating instructions handbook that is stacked up or stuffed away somewhere particularly unhandy, especially when things aren't working right and you have finally reached the RTFM (“Read the [insert preferred expletive] Manual”) stress point so common with modern technology.
The Citizen's Desk Reference is presented as a series of ebooks which can be read in order or, like most manuals, randomly -- even haphazardly browsed according to the crisis or interest at hand.
- M.T. Bass, February 2013
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