The phrase “cops and robbers” came to me while reading some birther comments on YouTube yesterday. Cops and Robbers is a role-laying game where children pretend that they are police trying to catch a bad guy. Toy stores sell pretend badges, cop cars and guns.
I want to say at the outset that I have nothing but admiration for the folks who do volunteer work to assist law enforcement, particularly search and rescue. I have a friend who is retired law enforcement who volunteers with the local sheriff’s office to help them keep up to date on paperwork. But when I read birther comments, all I see is pretend. Birthers are pretend investigators, pretend forensic scientists, and pretend grand juries pursuing a pretend fraud case against the President.
In real cops and robbers, people get hurt. In birther cops and robbers there is just a lot of yelling on the Internet and everybody goes home just like the day before—nothing actually happens. In real law enforcement, there is also accountability. An unprofessional investigation, misrepresentations and fabrication of evidence lead to a lost case. Real police face cross-examination in court. In children’s games, the one who shouts loudest might win.
The line between play and real gets just a little blurred with the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse. They are in some sense a real law enforcement auxiliary, but their activities and their techniques are those of children playing, and by the “nothing actually happens” standard and the “accountability” standard, they fail the real law enforcement test.
I don’t mean to say that only birthers are playing the game. Anti-birthers are also playing a game according to the “nothing actually happens” criteria. Some of the articles on this site are written to myself just as much as to the reader. In this case, I am suggesting to everyone in the Obama conspiracy scene not to take themselves too seriously. Enjoy the game.
Sheriff Conspiracy at 22 months.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
1 Corinthians 13:11
The Bible (ESV)