I won't disagree with you there. A good leader would certainly have assessed the situation but, I doubt "kicking his ass" would have been a proper choice. If these people decided to attack him physically than he would be left no choice but to fight back but, that is very different from being the first to bring violence into a situation where it is not necessary.
Unless you can think of a point of which you're going to back down, there's no way you can stand up for yourself without the chav trying to one up you. It would have eventually escalated into a fight. Because after all, that's what the chav was looking for in the first place. The only reason the chav didn't fight him is because he already got the satisfaction of crippling our comrade's self esteem.
Before I say anything.. I did in fact note that you said, "not that it's necessarily a bad thing" (in reference to government regulations) so I understand that you aren't anti-government but, I suppose we have different views on the situation because of our experiences and perhaps because we come from two similar but, very different cultures. Canada runs it's people different from the US (especially lately) and there is an even bigger difference (I'd say) between a place like Texas and a place like Ontario.
Well i'm not all "wwoo anarchy man" because i (thankfully) got past the "teenage angst" stage of my life and understand the reason governments and laws exist. Most people that are screaming for anarchy would be the first ones dead if it ever happened. I put religions and governments in the same light, their hearts started in the right place, but when they surrounded themselves with corrupt people and access to money... they lost sight of what the foundation's intentions were. We could argue either endlessly, but it would be to the enjoyment of our own voices.
However, ideally if you have a good cop he won't act on his own. Cops are essentially supposed to be robots of the system/law. They are sent out only to enforce the laws of the country/state/city/province. Cops are pawns and even if they seem like they have power.. they really don't. If they don't follow policy to the tit, a lawyer will eat them alive in court and the cop will probably lose his case and suffer at work for it. When you are dealing with a cop, you're really dealing with your country because cops don't have the choice to decide what's right and wrong: cops have the responsibility to figure out what is falling out of line.
i was using the cops as more of an analogy, or to say they're just the shoes the giant (government) alpha male. They're disposable and do the dirty work. It's important that we have a system in place to monitor what they do, or they'd be just as corrupt as the church. Then we have lawyers to check lawyers to check lawyers X infinity all the way into politics... all together working to make sure it's people are safe (and maybe a little too safe if you ask me..). It's gotten to a level that it'll be against the law to have your shoes untied.
Anyways, I wouldn't say you can't "out-asshole" a cop because if they are doing their job right, you should rarely be seeing their true personality. As before, I'm not speaking of corruption, as those cases are obviously unfair. Although, physically fighting a cop if he's not attacking you (when he is out of line) will only make your case look bad in court. Doing nothing (because you'll most likely lose in the end anyway--weapons, etc) will give you a stronger case.
By out-assholing a cop, i meant to a point of resisting arrest b/c you don't happen to agree with a simple rule in the system. I've never met a cop in Houston or New Orleans that i couldn't pick up how shitty of a day/life they were having up until the point they ran into me and how it was going to affect my day/life. They still do their jobs, but if they're trying to reach quota at the end of the month.. they'll find something Jesus is doing illegally. They're still people, a percentage of people are assholes, and that percentage of people become American cops.
I'd say it is quite the step-up from having rash decisions controlled by hormones being made on the spot.
You can't look at it operating like a machine when people are behind the wheel. People act based on blind anger. We are, after all, still in the middle of a war.
I'll agree with you when it comes to the USA but, I don't really feel as a Canadian that we have entered wars very often for anything very shady. It doesn't sound typical if it's the truth, btw. America is very broken but, I will stop myself there because I'll get in to a whole separate rant about how badly the world needs it to repair.
I just got back from Canada (where i was born) a few weeks ago. It's mind blowing how secure and safe everything seems up there. I don't know about every area, but after being to Toronto, Alberta, Edmonton, Red Deer, Nanaimo.. pretty much everywhere seems like there's a blanket of security over you, like somewhere you can let your guard down and give your guns a rest
Again, I don't disagree with you but, violence isn't the only way a leader can show that he has the upper-hand. I do believe people should stand up for themselves but, I think their decision to do so should be well thought out and violence shouldn't be considered as their first option.
I think some of you may be misunderstanding my stance. I'm not against doing something; I'm against doing something rash and harmful.
I'm going to group this in with my first statement.