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Old July 9, 2021, 11:44 AM   #11
44 AMP
Join Date: March 11, 2006
Location: Upper US
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The National Guard answers to the Governor. The city council cannot order them to do, or not do, anything.

when it comes to protests, and putting down actual rebellion, the National Guard are the easiest troops to use (from the state level) but aren't always the best choice.

For one thing (and its no minor thing) the guys in the Guard LIVE HERE. And, they have to continue to live here after the protest is over. So, its possible the Guard might have sympathy for the cause, simply because they are, essentially, local people.

Every good despot knows the most efficient and usually effective way to put down rebellion is not to use local troops, but to bring in troops from another area without personal ties to the area where you need them to operate.

Of course that can lead to excess brutality, but it does get the job done.

And it avoids the problem of Sgt Jones's squad "getting lost" so they don't have to burn down the block where his grandmother lives, or Pvt Smith calling his uncle Jimmy and telling him exactly where his unit is going...and when...

Our real, and biggest problem is the result of the democratic nature of our REPUBLIC, since we elect the people to do the job, we really do get the "government we deserve"......

The people who win the popularity contest are not always the best suited to govern, despite their solid belief that they are.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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