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To: The_Media_never_lie
I don't think the guns were drawn.

Guns drawn or not, "being a smart ass" is not a valid reason for the government to invade the property of its citizens.

The Coast Guard is here to enforce the law and to protect lives and property. They are not here to be servants of the citizenry.

Which they have been empowered to do by you and me - they are not popes or angels, and their power does not originate from God Almighty, but rather from We, The People. And they are only empowered to enforce the law and protect lives and property within the parameters and boundaries that We, The People have set for them. They are most definitely here to serve the citizenry, in the same manner as any other public servant. If they don't care for that thought, then they are again unfit for duty and deserve no respect from the citizenry on whose behalf they toil.

140 posted on 09/22/2005 4:03:15 PM PDT by general_re ("Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith, but in doubt." - Reinhold Niebuhr)
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To: general_re
They are most definitely here to serve the citizenry, in the same manner as any other public servant. If they don't care for that thought, then they are again unfit for duty and deserve no respect from the citizenry on whose behalf they toil.

A Coast Guard member's job is to obey orders of the CO, not to delve into philosophy.

Drug smugglers are citizens too. Is it the CGs job to serve them also?

150 posted on 09/22/2005 4:11:05 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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