Whatever It Takes
So why does this seem so god-damned offensive? Perhaps because it's symptomatic of laissez faire attitude toward law that has a huge proponent in the current administration. I mean, why shouldn't Romney's staffers do what it takes to gain advantage over the other GOP hopefuls? They're not hurting anybody...not really. So what does it matter if they break a few laws in the process? Bush and his administration do it...all the time. Hell, in the name of national security, Bush has taken to creating law by executive fiat.
Of course, for those of us on the other side, this looks like imperial arrogance. "You want documents on how we politicized the Justice Department? F*ck you! We're the GOP and we do what we want." "Filibusters? F*ck you! We're the GOP, and we'll use any tactic that furthers our goals even ones we threatened to take away from you." "Impersonating an officer? Well...f*ck you! We do what we must to get our man elected. We're serving the greater good here."
Conservatives often argue that things are different now--that sometimes we need to go to extremes to protect our country. Well, I don't know about protecting the country, but on the former point I have to agree. Things certainly are different now. We know this because ordinary people have internalized the "whatever it takes" attitude. They're learning the lesson that Bu$hCo is teaching.
The laissez faire attitude toward law?
Or beating up other kids for lunch money?
Garrity is just another bully who thinks he can do whatever he wants, probably because he has always done whatever he wants.
I have known a number of these police-wannabe types. Disturbing.
Cartledge... We don't really have a Federal police force (FBI's not quite the same). So it couldn't work the same way here, but your point is well-taken. Just look at Mexico.
Would sort of put the stake to my thesis. ;-)
Fred... Cocaine? What? Did I miss a memo? Whose campaign?
RAFFI... Tricky, isn't it? I myself often have flashes where I chide Democrats for not doing exactly what the Republicans seems so apt to do to them. "Do unto others, as they will surely do unto you."
Put the cleaners through and start again sound like a good option!
Couldn't the U.S. Marshall "Service" could be considered a federal police force? I know I'm OT, but that got me wondering. Anyone know?
Chuck... I don't think any of the federal law enforcement agencies (including the Marshall service) can operate without assent and cooperation of state authorities. (I mean officially, at least). Thus, I don't think any of them really qualify as a "federal" police force--in other words a force whose authority trumps all others.
I sense a pattern here.
Robert... I couldn't agree more, but when you've got a cabal of judges that are willing to ignore the law in order to widen the boundaries of executive and corporate power, what can you do?
Fashiongirl... I think that Chertoff had some bad jambalaya last week and his gut has been "off" since then.
Dusty... No truer words!
I'll have to look up this Garrity fellow. Did Romney fire him? Did the guy get in trouble for impersonating a police officer? That kind of thing should land a person in jail.
Let's Talk... Perhaps this is an excellent example of, "Birds of a feather, flock together."
Snave... Garrity has not been fired but is on administrative leave, I think, and...he's in deep doggie doo-doo over this but hasn't been prosecuted yet. Two states are considering it, though.
White House Hopeful Rudy Giuliani's South Carolina Campaign Chairman Indicted on Cocaine Charges
Nvisiblewmn... Indeed it is. Mr_Blog pointed out that Garrity may have pulled this kind of sh*t before. Wonder of wonders.
So do you feel that a sense of "being enabled" by Bu$hCo's example of lawlessness, plays no part in Garrity's situation.
Not enough information, but I'd guess No. Cop-wanabees have been around a long long time. They do like to gravitate toward power though, so Romney hooking up with Garrity is a correlation, not causal.
There's also the Federal Protective Service, now part of ICE. There are 1200 officers. They're the ones you see patrolling federal facilities like courthouses and federal office buildings.
if a dem had done it, the reps would be screaming 'bloody murder!!!'
Mr_Blog... I don't think the Protective Service has any investigative powers or authority over state officials. Could be wrong though.
Hey...and BTW...thanks for all the links.