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Friday, May 22, 2015

Government Employee Deaths Matter, Others Don't, Part II

I have written previously about the Colorado Department of Transportation's "Remembrance Day" in which employees of that government organization are memorialized as heroes simply because they were killed in accidents while working for the government.  That post can be found  here.
I made the rather obvious and easy point that when citizens of the Socialist Democracy are killed as a result of the work that they do, who are not employed by the government, their deaths are considered irrelevant at best.   Make that same person, performing the same work, a government employee and his death now becomes a national tragedy.  The only difference between the two situations is who the person was working for when he died.  Have I stretched the argument too far?  I don't think so.
Last week I was reading an article, found here, by William Norman Grigg.  Grigg is a favorite author of mine because he tirelessly points out the contradictory nature of life in the SDA. This is especially true when government activity is involved.  In this article he makes the point that people who work for private security companies are killed more often than those who work in security who are employed by the government.  We call government security employees cops.  Here is some of what he wrote:
"At the end of every shift, police officers call their loved ones to assure them that they 'made it through another day without injury,' observes a recently published paean to the police.  'From 2000 until 2014, over 700 officers were unable to make that call because they did not survive their tour of duty on that last day.'
Alvin Kinney didn't make it home at the end of his shift on February 12. The 60-year-old officer, who had served in a very dangerous job for more than 20 years, was fatally shot trying to prevent an armed robbery in Houston. His death was mourned by his family and loved ones but did not precipitate an outpouring of officially mandated grief. This is because Mr. Kinney was not a member of the State’s enforcement caste. He was a private peace officer employed by the Brinks armored truck company, where he faced far greater risks defending private property than are confronted by government-employed police who enforce the edicts of the political class.
While law enforcement is statistically much safer than depicted by police unions and related pressure groups, police officers are sometimes killed or severely injured in the line of duty, and occasionally some of them do so in genuinely heroic defense of innocent people threatened by criminal violence.  The same is true of private peace officers who provide security services through market mechanisms, rather than a state-imposed monopoly. During the same fifteen-year-period in which roughly 700 police officers weren’t able to make the end-of-shift phone call, at least 1863 private security officers were killed while carrying out a contractual commitment to protect others against criminal violence."
So there you have it.  Private security officers are killed at a rate two and a half times higher than government employed security officers.  Did you know that?  I didn't. Why not?  Because when a citizen of this land is killed in the line of duty while working for a non-governmental organization his life does not matter.  Only the lives of government employees matter, and don't you ever forget that.
As I was researching this story I came across an article in the Denver Post that was about the Remembrance Day celebration for this calendar year.  I did not realize that an entire year had gone by since the last Remembrance Day took place.  In my previous post on this issue I wrote, "CDOT said, 'In 2013, there were 11 crashes, resulting in 14 work-zone fatalities in Colorado....There were nine crashes last year, resulting in 10 fatalities.'  I also learned that, 'Nationally, more than 600 people are killed and 37,000 injured in work-zone crashes each year.'  I also learned that, 'CDOT's annual Remembrance Day ceremony was held in conjunction with National Work Zone Awareness Week.  The names of the dead are highlighted this time every year because road work is beginning in earnest and crews are especially vulnerable.'"
Now this is where it gets really interesting.  By coincidence a CDOT work zone employee was killed by a runaway truck last week.  In reporting the story a Denver Post article dated 5-15-15 said, "CDOT said that since 1020, 58 employees have died in the line of duty, the last occurring in 2009."  What?  How can this be?  Last year CDOT specifically stated, "In 2013, there were 11 crashes, resulting in 14 work-zone fatalities in Colorado."  How can there be both 14 work zone fatalities in 2013 and no work zone fatalities since 2009?
It did not take me long to figure out what was going on.  The people cited earlier by CDOT as dying in work zones were not work zone employees.  The entire report was fabricated to make them look endangered and heroic.  Yes, there were 11 crashes in 2013, resulting in the deaths of 14 people, but none of those people worked for CDOT.  They were just people who were unlucky enough to die in a crash that took place in an official "zone" as declared by CDOT.  Go back and read the report for yourself.  I did.  It was clearly written to intimate that the dead were government employees.  No attempt was made to distinguish between citizen deaths and government employee deaths.  Indeed, the entire article was written to drum up sympathy for the hoards of people who have lost loved ones as a result of an accident while working in a government approved zone.  But the truth of the matter is that none of those 14 people killed in 2013 were government employees.
CDOT lied.  There is no other way to put it.  In an attempt to craft a propaganda piece that would elicit the desired emotions from the peons in Colorado, CDOT fabricated a story about the many lives being lost as CDOT employees were being struck by crazed drunken drivers in work zones.  The trouble is it never happened.