Tonight, the mailman can rest easy in Concord, New Hampshire. Today, the City Council voted 11-4 in favor of a motion to accept a grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security, to obtain a Lenco Bearcat. The Lenco Bearcat, if you’re not familiar, is an armored personnel carrier, a tank, essentially, a weapon of war. If it seems a little odd that a place like Concord, a place with no crime, no terrorism, and certainly no war going on, would require military vehicles for it’s police department, then you haven’t been paying much attention. The United States Federal Government has been buying dozens of these vehicles each year for state and local police departments for several years.
Now, as you may have heard, I recently ruffled some feathers by talking about the lead up to this vote. It’s been a bigger deal than many such purchases, because on the application for the grant, the Concord Police said they had a domestic terrorist problem, including but not limited to, Free Staters. That’s absurd of course, but the absurdity of the claim, the petitions, the public outrage, none of that was enough to stop more than two-thirds of the Concord City Council from passing the measure. If anybody actually believes that one guy on the internet, writing from New York, was the cause of this vote, then they drastically over estimate my influence. This was inevitable, and that’s why I keep on saying the only way this is going to stop is when we make it impossible for it to continue.