Barney Fife and The Police State
Lately I have been taking a break around 4 pm and watching the Andy Griffith show. The episode on now: Sherriff has to go out of town (for 8 hrs.) so he puts Barney Fife (his deputy) in charge and tells him to just keep the town quiet until he gets back. When he gets back he is pleasantly surprised because the town is very quiet. He is pleasantly surprised until he walks in his office and sees the entire town behind bars. Barney had locked up everyone in town including the mayor. Now as funny as this show is….there is much teaching and truth in these old episodes. Barney represents the undisciplined police officer. Undisciplined as far as personal growth is concerned. Undisciplined as far as hunger for power is concerned. Undisciplined as far as not using common sense and common courtesy as a human being first and foremost and an officer of the peace second. Yes….the power of being a policeman is like a drug. The power that comes with being a policeman is addicting I’m sure. How we forget the Stanford experiment (where the students became brutal very quickly merely because they had on police uniforms and the experiment had to be called off for fear of the other students safety) is beyond me. Well…not really. Anyway… we got barney going off in 2013. Barney is going off everywhere and on everybody. Here is how the people eventually put Barney back in his place. The people laughed him to shame? Take a lesson from Mayberry America. Put Barney in his place. – The King
Posted on July 18, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged andy griffith, barney fife, children, citizen, crime, discipline, law, mayberry, police, police state, police uniforms, stanford experiment, undisciplined police. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.