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holding their feet to the fire

Jay G has the “Dead Goblin Count”.

Barron is launching the “State Sponsored Criminal Count”:

The rules are simple:

1. The person worked for the government, IE: TSA, DHS, FBI, BATFE, or any other part of the government, local, state or federal.
2. The person committed the crime while on duty, or his job provided access to commit the crime under color of law (see the pedophile above).
3. High level incidents such as the “Fast and Furious” incidents count. Individual incidents involved in the same program can be counted separately.
4. Must have accompanying documentation with the submission.

To submit incidents, please use this form. You can also recommend any additions or changes to the rules, I may or may not accept them. Even if you don’t think it will fully meet the requirements above, most likely disqualifying factor is rule #2, send it anyway it will at least get an honorable mention.

Personally, I think this is a wonderful idea. Every single governmental employee – from the President of the United States all the way down to the freshest recruit at Great Lakes – is accountable to we, the people, and it is about time for us to start holding them to that requirement, since it has become painfully obvious that they will not hold themselves to it.

A government paycheck does not give you free reign to abuse the populace of America as you see fit. A tin badge does not mean everyone has to “respect your authority” regardless of what illegal or illicit activities you may be engaged in. And no matter how perverse our legal system has become over the years, “in the line of duty” should never protect someone who is engaged in criminal activities that have absolutely nothing to do with their jobs.

Unfortunately, more and more public servants seem to be of the belief that all of those above negatives are actually positives, and that their positions in their local/city/state/federal government gives them the power to do whatever they want without any kind of consequences. They are quite obviously wrong, and now is as good a time as any to remind them of that.

Cannot say as though I am happy with my state solidly rounding out the top ten and my county providing another hit, though…

2 comments to holding their feet to the fire

  • Not really the top ten, but the first 10 I added to the list. As for your county adding to the list, just remember, “It can happen here!” Not that you’ve made this mistake, but everyone seems to think their local government officials are somehow exempt. I think this stems from the fact that, “There’s no way they could get away with something like that around here.”

    Problem is they can, and quite easily I might add, if no one knows about it.

  • s/top/first;

    I think your list will do a lot of good for reminding folks that pretty much any form of governmental abuse can happen in pretty much any government at any level. Thanks for running it!