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“Because They Can…”

Matt, a former blogger, occasional commenter and friend commented thus on a recent post of mine regarding the apparent wanton killing of a pinned suspect by ‘the authorities’.

I asked why such a thing could occur.  His answer – because they can.

This is the crux of why I’m a libertarian, and not a left-wing socialist type.  The Left seems to hold to the idea of the Philosopher King.  Someone placed in charge by the gods to rule over us lesser folk, with wisdom and compassion. Even though many of them decry gods.

But, they forget kings are people.  Human beings.  Fallible, and with feet of clay.  This is also why the gun people control folks keep trying to tweak the system.

“If there is just one more law…”  Yeah, right.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely?  You bet!

I recall a story I heard some years ago about a local small business.  The business had been burgled, and the sole proprietor diligently reported records of the missing property and damages to his insurance company and the authorities.  They never caught the burglars.  He received his insurance settlement and all was right with the world.

Except, because of all the damage, he mis-reported something that he thought stolen, and had been paid for it.  And he tried to make things square with the insurance company and the police.

But, the insurance company filed a lawsuit against him, and made certain he was charged with filing a false police report!

The end result was he lost his business, his property, and was forced to pay a large fine.

As he stood in the back of the business behind the tape, watching ‘the authorities’ confiscate his remaining property, he asked one of the agents gleefully loading it up on government trucks, “Why are you doing this to me?”

His answer.  “Because we can.”

Because they can

Because they can

I have a healthy distrust of government.  I know many government employees who feel the same.  It’s inherent in the system to accrue power.

And not give it back.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


12 thoughts on ““Because They Can…”

  1. In this story, it sounds like all would have been well if it weren’t for his private sector insurance company screwing him over.

    Posted by Tomi | February 4, 2014, 7:54 am
    • Well, they may have started the ball rolling, but the almighty government was the one
      who confiscated his business and property.
      And, I suspect they do this often w/o input from the evil private sector.

      NO, I KNOW they do! Have you ever heard of the IRS?

      Posted by guffaw1952 | February 4, 2014, 8:01 am
      • But, the government confiscated his business and property for the benefit of the insurance company – the government in this case was a tool used by the insurance company to take back their “losses” in having paid the guy on his claim.

        Posted by Tomi | February 4, 2014, 8:11 am
      • I don’t know if that’s the case (not privy to the specifics, being hearsay, and all). They have been known to confiscate property for their own
        benefit, as well.
        The point of the post was not that the government is a tool of the evil insurance company (although I know they have been so). The point is government does as they wish,
        because they can.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | February 4, 2014, 8:49 am
  2. I never meant to imply that government doesn’t unfairly confiscate private property at times. In fact, I see it happen all the time here in my neck of the woods (that’s what happens when you live in a city that is run by developers.) It just appeared in this case that the instigator and the profiteer was the insurance company. Original sources would help clarify if that was indeed so.

    I also have no problem believing that a law enforcement agent would say, “Because we can,” because most of my life I’ve seen that attitude in action. It seems that MANY (not all) law enforcement types are vicious, petty men and women who hide behind their badges in order to feel big and powerful and boss around their fellow citizens.

    However, I have to admit that I feel contempt for the insurance industry as a whole. It’s built on selling fear of the future (Will you get sick? Will your house burn down? Will some idiot crash into you? Will you need to live in a nursing home? etc.) and maximizes profits by finding any possible excuse to not hold up their end of the deal when the feared catastrophe has been realized. (Because, after all, bad stuff does happen, and insurance can at least mitigate the financial losses when it does).

    A pox on both their houses!

    Posted by Tomi | February 4, 2014, 10:18 am
    • You and my friend Dave (the mechanic) should talk. His bane is banks.
      Certainly both the banking and insurance industries have left bodies in their wake.
      While I lost my previous house insurance to to an unlucky number of legitimate claims, my
      insurance man was stellar in his support. He even hooked me up with an independent agent
      to keep me insured after his company gave me the boot.

      Coming from a law enforcement family background, I still want to believe MOST in law enforcement are decent,
      honorable folk just trying to do their job, with unrealistic, difficult restraints.
      Of course, I could be wrong and YRMV.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | February 4, 2014, 10:34 am
  3. That statement IS going to get some folks killed sooner rather than later. Especially when somebody says that and it is disputed by the folks on the other side of the tape…

    Posted by OldNFO | February 4, 2014, 10:38 am
  4. Because they can. And because they can, they will continue to escalate & enlarge upon that concept, until what NFO said, comes to pass. Because – sooner or later – someone’s going to decide they’ve crossed one line too many, and push back. Hard.

    And deaths will result. Probably on both sides.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | February 5, 2014, 3:44 pm
  5. And this is how you make honest people dishonest…by punishing them for their honesty. Ask the man now, in the same situation, would you self report or would you keep your trap shut?

    Not a good lesson to teach our children.

    Posted by lpcard | February 6, 2014, 2:16 pm

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