Posted by aogSaturday, 21 September 2013 at 10:19
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Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay’s conviction was overturned with the appeals court ruling that the evidence was “legally insufficient” to sustain the charges.
This follows in the former Senator Ted Stevens case (which also involved prosecutorial misconduct) and the hounding of then Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on bogus ethics charges. At what point do we being to wonder if our criminal justice system is being used as a partisan weapon via unsustainable indictments?
All of this in addition to the targeting of groups by the IRS based on their political views and, in some cases, anti-Obama rhetoric. Targeting that continued after the IRS claimed it had stopped. As has been pointed out it is in fact more concerning that there doesn’t seem to have been any high level direction of this activity, it was spontaneous inside the IRS, even though it was clearly inspired by the Obama Administration and Old Media agitprop. That’s a level of corruption far beyond what Nixon managed. Why should a conservative have any faith in the government or regulation when it’s so blatantly used for political advantage?
Sunday, 22 September 2013 at 08:42|
aog wrote: “Are you sure you’re not an anarchist?”
Minarchist. The more power the citizens allow a government, the more abuse you’ll get.
aog wrote: “…we might as well have a civil war and get it over with.”
Elections are, in my opinion, basically mini-civil wars, where ballots are used instead of bullets. The losers agree to be oppressed to some extent by the winners for some period of time. During that period, the winners of course use their power to their advantage in a partisan fashion. When I say “oppressed to some extent,” the extent is limited by the degree to which the citizenry is armed - if the oppression is too great, bullets replace the ballots. I have upcoming (someday) posts on this under my “Might Makes Right” series.
aog wrote: “The civilization you enjoy can only work long term when government agencies are not used in that fashion.”
No, as long as elections keep happening, and as long as the total extent of the oppression is limited by the arm citizenry and their willingness to fight if things become too oppressive, it can work adequately. It’s not perfect, but that’s the way it works, and there’s really not a better alternative.
aog wrote: “Otherwise you eventually end up in Somalia or Haiti.”
I think the United States may be on the way to imploding. It’ll probably take decades. Imagine if we have governments like the current one forever. Well, when I imagine that, it ends in tears. And if the United States implodes, it’ll make Somalia and Haiti look like paradise.
aog wrote: “An intelligent ruling class would realize this and behave differently…”
It’s not a coherent class. It’s a bunch of individuals and groups, each in positions of power, who can gain advantage by using that power. Any one person can realize that the ruling class as a whole behaving would make him better off, but far better is for everyone to behave EXCEPT him.
That’s the argument for hereditary monarchy. An intelligent King realizes that he’s better off not abusing his power and then he can strive to ensure no else abuses their power either. That doesn’t work so well because you always eventually get a series of Kings who are idiots.