07 November 2008

A Timely Quote


"When a law is passed to exterminate dogs, I shall set my dogs on the officer who comes to execute it." ~ John Randolph


3 comments:

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Hmm....

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the officer has nothing to do with the passing of the law and many times may not even like or agree with it. But his duty is to enforce it nonetheless. I wish those that pass laws should also have to enforce them and then maybe things would be different. I always liked Andrew Jackson's response to the US supreme court's decision against the president on the removal of the Cherokee indians. He said about the chief justice, "He's made his decision, now let him come and enforce it". I think we need many more Andrew Jacksons these times.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

True, but there are limits. It is an established legal principle that a citizen is within his rights to resist an unlawful arrest. I believe Randolph was speaking of principle.