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  •  Although it is in a way, and should certainly (14+ / 0-)

    be quite obvious, the police or any agency, are not his to command at will.  This is the very heart of the message of OWS vs the authoritarian mindset introduced and hammered home to many citizens during Bushco.  Agencies of the people do not operate at the whim of elected officials.  Except in specific circumstances, they only advise and direct.

    The differences can be seen in Bushco's whole pre-emptive concept of government, unitary excecutive, etc.  Any elected official regardless of partisan affiliation is acting in a manner contrary to law and by doing so is corrupting the political process and the rule of law, whether or not the agencies acquiesce to the abuse of power.

    These are behaviors that the people have no vote in determining except in primarying and voting out the abusers.  But first the people must be aware of the abuse that's occuring and with this OWS is beginning to have incredible success.

    So I see this as an important event not only in allowing the protests to continue but also to the necessity to curb the abuse of power and re-assert the rights of the people to become involved in a participatory democracy.

    I'm very heartened that those entrusted with law and order are doing just exactly that.

    99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

    by blueoasis on Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 02:49:43 PM PDT

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    •  There seems to be variations (0+ / 0-)

      between locales.  There have been instances of cops wanting to mess things up and being restrained by mayors or council members and vice versa.

      This is actually, a pretty good sign.  

      Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

      by Gustogirl on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 01:12:09 AM PDT

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    •  I think you are missing a word here. (1+ / 0-)
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      "When"...

      Any elected official regardless of partisan affiliation is acting in a manner contrary to law and by doing so is corrupting

      H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

      by Knarfc on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 06:03:09 AM PDT

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