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  •  Feel for them??? (6+ / 0-)

    THEY are enforcing " illegal" rules and "regulations" They are breaking the law.  This is intimidation of the highest order...Show me a single difference....just one,  between these actions, and what happened in 1936 Germany.. If the line is not drawn here, where will it be drawn ? After 5 days in jail ..ten...It is a short step from this to being lined up against a wall...It's the mindset that is so eerily similar to 1930's  knuckle under to authority GERMANY.. These "cop' should be sued in a personal capacity No courage...No back bone.....COWARDS"  No job is worth your soul...

    •  I want to agree with you. (10+ / 0-)

      But somehow, I just can't bring myself to rec your comment.  

      Maybe I'm wimpy...

      I've never thought of myself as wimpy, but maybe I am.

      I can understand the bind these guys are in.  I don't think they're selling or giving away their souls.  I think they're just trying to survive...maybe hoping that if they can hang on long enough, all the b.s. of the Walker admin. will be gotten rid of...if they can just hang on long enough.

      "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

      by Marjmar on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 12:00:46 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry, but no (10+ / 0-)

      "Intimidation of the highest order" you say?

      Sorry, but it just isn't so.

      I suspect that the majority of officers, certainly those described as looking distressed by what they've been ordered to do, expect these nuisance citations to be thrown out down the road. They citations are harassment, yes, but hardly effective intimidation. They're a nuisance, a laughable effort by an eroding power elite to enforce their increasingly unenforceable wishes on the people of the state.

      As to your equating these actions with Nazi Germany, that's just preposterous. There is a massive, qualitative difference between handing protesters nuisance citations and physically harming them, destroying private property, rounding them up for extrajudicial internment, or just killing them.

      "No job is worth your soul" sounds good, but if you're an officer with a family, a mortgage, and mouths to feed, you can't necessarily parse things that cleanly. I've done things I didn't enjoy or approve of, on orders from my boss, because I needed the paycheck and didn't expect substantive problems to result for anyone other than my own conscience.

      Until they do something that proves them unworthy of it, let's give the bulk of these officers the benefit of the doubt on this one. It's the sensible, gracious, rational, progressive thing to do.

      "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

      by pragmaticidealist on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 02:51:52 PM PDT

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