Traffic Kops

Celebrating 232 years of a now fatigued, honorable experiment in liberty, justice, and the resolute courage of uncompromising individualism.


East Coast.

I opened the car door cautiously against his body, exiting the vehicle slowly to conceal a swift, furtive movement as he pocketed my money.

With considerable lethargy the young man unfolded his body from the sidewalk and approached me with his hand out.


West Coast.

Ignoring them, she chose instead to look intently at me with a serious, unsmiling expression.

Then I remembered King Solomon, quoted in an address by Abraham Lincoln: “It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which would be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” 

I resolved to engrave a ring, as King Solomon many centuries ago, with this savant insight.


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