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Federal overreach then and now
Boston Globe ^ | 08/11/13 | Jeff Jacoby

Posted on 08/11/2013 5:33:30 AM PDT by AtlasStalled

There is no connection, of course, between the prosecution of Whitey Bulger and the recent spate of scandals and revelations roiling the Obama administration. Or is there?

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The corruption of the federal government was a key element in Bulger’s trial, as it was in so much of his sadistic career. Officials charged with defending the public from gangsters like Bulger used their considerable influence to defend the gangster instead.

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The Bulger trial, the IRS scandal, and our surveillance state are the latest reminders that even the best government in the world depends on human beings, with all their human vices and appetites. Politicians, regulators, and law enforcement agents are as capable of villainy as anyone else. Government is dangerous, and should always be handled with care.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonglobe.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: irs; obama; whiteybulger

1 posted on 08/11/2013 5:33:30 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled
I will say this until the day I die. The United States Constitution has one purpose and one purpose only - it is a check and restraint on the evil in the heart of man when that evil heart sits in the seat of government. That is its first and best reason for existing.
2 posted on 08/11/2013 5:39:10 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Tonytitan
I will say this until the day I die. The United States Constitution has one purpose and one purpose only - it is a check and restraint on the evil in the heart of man when that evil heart sits in the seat of government. That is its first and best reason for existing.

Specifically, the USC codifies a system of govt where the Federal is subservient to the many states except for a few areas that are clearly delineated. Everyone gets hung up on the BOR's which was really an afterthought to the primary purpose of the document. Well, as such, the USC has failed and the founders be would be appalled at FedGov™ unlimited power.

3 posted on 08/11/2013 5:45:53 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Actually I look at the Bill of Rights as a further extention of the basic document’s purpose: limited central government. It was the BOR which personalized the concepts of government actions against individual citizens i.e. the government is to have no right to limit speech while you can tell your neighbor to STFU.


4 posted on 08/11/2013 6:50:25 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Mouton
Actually I look at the Bill of Rights as a further extention of the basic document’s purpose: limited central government.

That was the intention. Without the Bill of Rights, the current US Constitution probably never would have been ratified by all of the original 13 states.

Massachusetts Compromise

Following this compromise, Massachusetts voted to ratify the Constitution on February 6, 1788. Five states subsequently voted for ratification, four of which followed the Massachusetts model of recommending amendments along with their ratification.

5 posted on 08/11/2013 8:16:27 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Tonytitan
Politicians, regulators, and law enforcement agents are as capable of villainy as anyone else.

I think that this is a classic understatement -- they are worse. Let us remember always: "Power corrupts"

6 posted on 08/11/2013 8:20:56 AM PDT by expat2
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To: AtlasStalled

Bulger and Obama one a gun user one a gun runner.


7 posted on 08/11/2013 8:52:02 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Mouton
Actually I look at the Bill of Rights as a further extention of the basic document’s purpose: limited central government.

Which is exactly the way 'amendments' are supposed to work in a legal contract.

They can only refine the original terms contained in the compact, they cannot redefine them.

8 posted on 08/11/2013 9:00:18 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as defined by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as defined by the laws of Man)
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To: AtlasStalled

FARSE, Cluster; 1 each.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Connolly_%28FBI%29

Ask those legless Boston runners what they think of the performance.


9 posted on 08/11/2013 10:32:32 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: AtlasStalled

[Government is dangerous, and should always be handled with care.]

Meet the New Ba’al, same as the Old Ba’al
—The Who?

Ba’al being a Hebrew word meaning Owner, Possessor, Lord, MASTER — typically manifested throughout history in the merger of Commerce, Religion, and Government into state-established theocratic tyranny.

And from which “TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS [American] Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

Same Ol’


10 posted on 08/11/2013 10:37:10 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: MamaTexan
They can only refine the original terms contained in the compact, they cannot redefine them.

That's sure as hell what they're doing, and have been doing for many decades.

11 posted on 08/11/2013 5:27:22 PM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: Tonytitan

Clearly, you do not understand. We no longer need protection from the government. Humankind has evolved to a higher plain, best evidenced by our glorious Ivy League graduates now at the helm of the American ship of state.

Us lesser types must be pulled, pushed, and driven toward that Higher Plain. That’s what the Reeducation Camps will be for.
(Wait, Did I say that out loud?)


12 posted on 08/12/2013 4:45:21 AM PDT by Makana (Patience is minor despair dressed up as a virtue.)
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To: expat2

You forgot “absolutely”.


13 posted on 08/12/2013 11:45:16 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: AtlasStalled

They (ideally) used the Big Fish to help net the SMALL Fish,
thereby doing Bulger’s essential work FOR HIM. Jacoby merely hints at the irony of this.


14 posted on 08/12/2013 5:42:22 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: central_va

what has failed is not the constitution, but We the People.

We neglect to maintain control, and yes, that is why our monster government is out of our hands and in our pockets.

keep your powder dry.

t


15 posted on 08/14/2013 2:21:07 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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