John Tryon Well, to be fair we established that precedent of rebuilding (rightly) after WW2, assisting the rebuilding of Japan. However, I don’t know when we started policing. I would guess the 1980s, probably with Haig under Reagan but my memory is fuzzy but definitely some of the Central America experiments. For me, I think my issue has been foreign deployment of National Guard. I mean, those other nations AREN’T our nation! I always saw the National Guard as our local folks. One of my favorite moments was during a protest a few years back I was watching live online. It was a standoff between some large group of people and the local police. So the National Guard was called in. I watched in awe at the equal respect the National Guard gave both to the citizens marching up a street after curfew – for whatever the situation was I don’t remember – and the local police, acting as a buffer in what could have been a hostile situation yet it wasn’t. As far as I know there were no injuries, no property damage. Just a few thousand people breaking a curfew for some demonstration at night that was more like an impromptu parade than anything. Had the National Guard not been there, it would certainly have been chaotic.

John Tryon Well, to be fair we established that precedent of rebuilding (rightly) after WW2, assisting the rebuilding of Japan.

However, I don’t know when we started policing. I would guess the 1980s, probably with Haig under Reagan but my memory is fuzzy but definitely some of the Central America experiments.

For me, I think my issue has been foreign deployment of National Guard. I mean, those other nations AREN’T our nation!

I always saw the National Guard as our local folks. One of my favorite moments was during a protest a few years back I was watching live online. It was a standoff between some large group of people and the local police.

So the National Guard was called in.

I watched in awe at the equal respect the National Guard gave both to the citizens marching up a street after curfew – for whatever the situation was I don’t remember – and the local police, acting as a buffer in what could have been a hostile situation yet it wasn’t. As far as I know there were no injuries, no property damage. Just a few thousand people breaking a curfew for some demonstration at night that was more like an impromptu parade than anything.

Had the National Guard not been there, it would certainly have been chaotic.

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