There is an old old Humphrey Bogart movie, where a gang of bandits claiming to be the Mexican police demand that he "hand over the gold or die". Dobbs, the main character played by Bogie, asks for their badges and, in one of the funniest lines in the Golden Age of Movies, the leader yells, "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!!!" pulls his gun and starts one of the classic gunfight scenes of all time. (A scene that was later spoofed by Weird Al in his 2009 comedy UHF.)
Well, up until today, we were a lot like those bandits.