Critical Thinking Is Unpatriotic

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  1. Charles says:

    Give it up, Ken. You're never getting Magritte's name taken off the no-fly list.

  2. Ken says:

    I was going to make the Magritte reference more specific, but I was afraid David would embarrass me by pointing out that I may have misinterpreted Ceci n'est pas une pipe again.

  3. Scott Jacobs says:

    I suppose that it is possible – possible, mind you – that when they listed off "patriotism, dedication and esprit de corps", they weren't referring to the "patriotism" part. One could argue – if one were a fuckwitted governmental drone – that holding a view so very counter to one of the actual jobs of the boarder patrol (actually, the only job, since apparently they don't spend any time stopping the fucking illegals from coming over) is in direct opposition to "dedication".

  4. MeanDean says:

    Isn't patriotism the last refuge of a scoundrel, or something like that?

  5. SPQR says:

    Just to be contrary, I'll point out that a Border Patrol agent ought to be far more concerned today that his own government is intentionally arming cartels with firearms to come back over the border and shoot him with.

  6. John David Galt says:

    If there isn't a law protecting employees, or at least employees of the federal government, from being fired for political dissent, we need one.

  7. miltonf says:

    Couldn't agree more. Scary times indeed.

  8. Tom says:

    I see something a bit more ominous in his firing.

    Some on the far left, the ones who don't think there should be borders, like La Raza, I would think would love the idea of the US Border Patrol ripping itself to shreds internally. When you get down to it, internal agency gossip is the reason he was fired. What does that say about the organization?

    So, it could follow this was done as another way to demoralize and neutralize the US officials who are supposed to vigilantly guard the boarder.

    Another thing I noticed, his name makes it very likely he is of mexican decent, god forbid a mexican-american do anything to hurt mexicans and not stand in unity with La Raza and the administration. Of course that reason is a bit on the edge of extremely unlikely.

  9. RobertM says:

    MeanDean, I believe it's 'religion is the last refuge of a scoundrel.'

    I recently mentioned on my blog that I can remember getting a grade for 'Good Citizenship' in elementary school. 'Good Citizenship,' according to my teachers, was not questioning authority. The less you asked, "Why?" the higher your grade.

  10. staghounds says:

    If the letter had read "Border Patrol Policy", it would have been fine. More bad drafting.

    I agree with your point that our current government leans heavily on, and promotes, unquestioning acceptance of policy by its citizens. It was ever thus.

    And as to its employees, Government is no worse than industry in the unquestioning acceptance by low ranking staff department.

  11. brilliant post.

    "The War on Drugs is merely one of many — along with “War on Terror” and “Government Regulators Know What They Are Doing” and “The Political Process In America Works.” Few of us salute them all, but most of us salute at least a few. "

    You really nailed it right there. We all want to seem like we are above getting wrapped up in BS causes, but then we all have our own pet BS cause that we won't allow other people to challenge.

  12. Hasdrubal says:

    Staghounds: Of course, the difference being that you have a reasonable expectation that you can change employers without completely having to rebuild your life.

  13. C. S. P. Schofield says:

    The quote is "Patriotism in the last refuge of a scoundrel." attributed by Boswell to Samuel Johnson.

    I prefer "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, because the good of his country is the last think he thinks of."

    I am not Patriotic … by the standards of the Government.

  14. There is a drug problem in the tombs NYC prison. Everyone there is in a cell, with limited freedom, and no expectation of privacy. Yet that environment is still not tight enough to beat the drug problem.
    I say recognize that this war may not be winnable, with the tactics presently being used.

  15. JTheClivaz says:

    It's times like this I can stand the British Weather.

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