Thursday, January 24, 2013

Are you now or have you ever been a racist?

You knew it had to come to this.

There’s a new police chief in this small town, and he’s looking to change his department’s reputation after years of high-profile controversy. His first step: Every new officer candidate will take a lie detector test.
“Because of what happened ... every new officer I hire will go through the polygraph, and that’s what it’s focused at, any kind of racial issues or prejudice issues they may have toward any group,” said Coopertown’s new police chief, Shane Sullivan.

Once upon a time in the land of the free and the home of the brave a person was punished for what they had done.

Now the PC boys and girls demand that your thoughts must be pure and within the guidelines dictated by the apparatchik.

Did all those people die for this?

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

 “It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine


  1. Don't know who "those people" are, but they probably didn't die defending the right of racists to be hired as police officers.

    Figures you'd have a problem with it.

  2. Figures???

    I figure that you are a full grown Leftie who want everyone to be wired up and punished for what they think.

    I mean, whatever happened to the concept that people should be punished for what they have done... not what they think?

    People like you make me very concerned for our freedoms. There is no difference between you and a Nazi and a Soviet era communist...

    God help our country.

  3. People have always been "punished" for what they think when it comes to applying for a job. Believe in overthrowing the US government? Don't apply to the FBI. Agree with the 90-95% of climatologists who acknowledge man-made climate change? Exxon may not like that. Believe in white supremacy and segregation? The Army is not interested.

    You just don't like the idea that candidates should be denied a job for beliefs that will obviously affect their ability to act fairly and impartially.

    Oh, well.

    1. First, you have no proof that a person's "belief" will affect a person's ability to do the job. A Pharmacist may not believe in contraception but will still fill a Rx for BC pills. A doctor may be against abortion but will still perform the procedure. A policeman may think it is wrong for banks to foreclose on homes but will still arrest bank robbers.

      As a social liberal I have no use for racism and have posted time and again that I am for minority rights including gay marriage so your charge is obviously incorrect.

      As a somewhat Libertarian I insist that people be punished for what they do, and not what they may think. It’s kind of a Constitutional thing.

      ”…nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,”

      And yes, I realize we’re not talking about a criminal case here but:

      “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”

      The issue is obviously one of privacy. The right to have your own views, even if they are wrong and despicable, is one of the most precious rights we have.

      And we should not forget:

      “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated”

      The question becomes…. Where does it end?

      And you obviously missed the use of a lie detector. Are you ready for, “You tested clean for drug use. Have you ever used illegal drugs?” as part of a job interview??

      And should the Catholic Chuch be allowed to use a lie detector and ask, “Do you support all the doctrines of the church, including the ban on contraception?”

      The most scary thing to me is that, at one time, I could depend on those who called themselves Liberal to stand up against the government’s intrusion into our lives. Now I find that they are no longer Liberal in any sense.

  4. You're really that thick about what's entailed in a cops job, vis a vis interacting with the public, and how often in the past, officer's underlying "issues" have come to the fore under stress and engendered p.r disasters for municipalities and states?? btw, though I doubt you care much for Lincoln but, you should go back and reread the "for the people, by the people" section of the Gettysburg address..

    Sometimes "government intrusion" exists to protect and preserve public peace and the common good. Few of us have the luxery of living in a heavily-armed, Don't Tread On Me compound, where we wax poetic from afar about how much we love America.

  5. Yes, I am very thick about our rights.

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."


    What is sad about you is that you want to connect this to race. It has nothing to do with race and all about how we will let government intrude into our lives.

    But thanks for dropping by. I always enjoy seeing a Leftie demonstrate his true colors.