Comments: Disband the FBI?

I don't know if any ThreeSourcers ever got into the TV show "Sleepy Hollow," but it had its charms. Among them, the reincarnated revolutionary officer frequently became visibly upset at entities that contravened the spirit of the revolution. When he first hears "there is a Federal Constabulary," he is quite wounded.

"The American Spectator" is quaintly moderate in the era of President Trump, but I suggest the article ill-served by claiming that the problem with the bureau is its being overtaken with incompetent lefties.

Might be true. I'd suggest there's being a lot of incompetence to go around, and that any organization will become sclerotic without the salubrious if stern incentives of the free market.

Posted by jk at February 20, 2018 5:44 PM

A few points:

ANY politicization of the legal system is an unacceptable turn down the highway to tyranny.

Incompetence is almost to be expected in a government agency, but these folks still call themselves, "one of the world's premier security and crime-fighting forces." We should all expect more of them. Squeaky clean, beyond reproach.

Is there a right-wing "march through the institutions" that I'm not aware of? A lefty might say, "Duh. Capitalism." But really, there is no moral equivalency between left and right, or between statism and individualism more specifically.

The evident politicization of the FBI is a national emergency, tragedy, and disgrace.

Posted by johngalt at February 21, 2018 3:09 PM

My objection to the Spectator is more on tone than substance. But it's almost too cold to drink beer, let me carry on:

The implication that the FBI was squeaky clean and not a threat to liberty until " the cultural-Marxist initiative in which hordes of leftists infiltrate a trusted institution [and bla, bla, bla]" does not match my memories of J. Edgar Hoover, Bobby Kennedy, the treatment of Martin Luther King, weaponization against Nixon's "White House Enemies List," &c.

It reminds me of those who pine for the fair and unbiased journalism of Walter Cronkite.

Posted by jk at February 21, 2018 6:41 PM
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