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7.04.2012

On This 4th Of July . . .



. . .  I miss those "good old days" as much as you do. Andy was, after all, the government. And he understood that. I'm not sure at all that today's trooper, as he approaches a car, understands what a simple fictitious country sheriff did in the the 1960s.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wasn't this the episode where a member of Al Qaeda flees to Mayberry because he set off a dirty bomb in the capital building in Raleigh?

And Barney initially thought he had arrested a traveling gypsy?

Yeah......that was a good episode, as I recall.

Opie sure did learn his lesson, didn't he?

Anonymous said...

Barry, how come lawyers such as yourself find the right to privacy between an attorney and his client so sacred..... when you have no compunction about force feeding a law down my throat that threatens the IRS on me if I don't buy a particular product?

Anonymous said...

Opie should have gone to the Decatur cops. They would listen.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I'm not a trooper, but I'm a Texas peace officer, and I've friends who are troopers. Some are better than others. Generally, I find that they like to put criminals in jail. That's what we pay them to do, and that's their job to do.

Your job of course is to make them accountable; to make them prove up their case. If they can't do it, your client goes free. I'm as proud to have you in our system as I am of my bretheren peace officers.

It's the job of the legislature to make the laws that we both operate under, and it's the the job of the courts to interpret the law for both your kind and mine. Sometimes those interpretations make it harder for you and your colleagues to effectively do your job. Sometimes they make it harder on me and my colleagues. Occasionally, the law makes it harder on both of us.

I do my level best to uphold the citizens' rights (especially Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights) while attempting to protect the public in our state. I believe that most Texas peace officers (including Troopers) try to do so, as well.

The casting of aspersions on our Troopers' understanding of the limits of government serves only to look like loser's walk. Aren't you a little better than that, sir?

--Matt G

Anonymous said...

Andy failed to mention the rules for victims, however. Yup, the only people that don't even get to sniff the "due process of law" are the victims. They get to experience things like the all-too-common "you're dead in the blink of an eye" treatment from those that are then protected fully from that same fate.

Anonymous said...

Some cops are as bad as the crooks. Look at some that have recently been fired from the WCSO. Spare us the Trooper speech with the flute music in the background.

Anonymous said...

I always enjoyed the directness of Tom Clancy novels, but moments like this one with Sheriff Taylor & Opie brought me back to what we should all aspire to be as Americans. And must be, regardless of the chant from the angry mob.

My Other Brother Darryl
flying my flag proudly this 4th

Anonymous said...

When Officers behave like Andy Taylor instead of Barney Fife, I respect them like Andy. Unfortunately there are way more Barneys than Andys walking around with a badge and a gun.

Anonymous said...

I know of some who still should be fired from the WCSO but were not. Instead they were just demoted. Wondering why that is.

Anonymous said...

@4:21 well said, Sir.

Anonymous said...

4:21 and 9:22=same guy.

Anonymous said...

6:43 said: "Some cops are as bad as the crooks. Look at some that have recently been fired from the WCSO. Spare us the Trooper speech with the flute music in the background."

Yes, some cops are bad. That's undeniable.

But you're right: let's LOOK at those deputies recently fired from the sheriff's office. Oh. Wait. They're not deputies, anymore. They were fired. By the law enforcement agency that employed them. Basically, the system worked, and they lost their jobs, but because you found out it, you'll condemn the system because it policed itself. If it truly was a broken system, you'd never had had a firing to wag your tongue about.

Seems like they're damned if they do, and damned if they don't. So they might as well do the right thing.

Anonymous said...

i think i'm gonna tear up.

Anonymous said...

Those few moments on a sitcom - well that was golden!
The explanation was simple, kind, and correct.
Thanks, Barry, for putting that on your blog.

Anonymous said...

As in every other profession, you find good employees and bad employees. I don't think we should condemn law enforcement officers for doing their duties if they happen to stop you when you're speeding, driving drunk, expired sticker or license, etc. We pay them to do that.
Of course, some need to go. But for the most part, I have the utmost respect for them. Like good teachers, good bankers, good doctors, good lawyers...........

Anonymous said...

Some are still employed!

Father O'Malley said...

God Bless

Anonymous said...

Good employees/bad employees. Good cops/bad cops. The difference? Bad employees only affect that organization and those other employees. Bad cops carry guns and can impose ugly circumstances and expenses on others. Fire bad employees and bad cops. And don't allow the bad cops to just move down the road and continue being bad cops.

Anonymous said...

@1:15AM

Actually, no. I don't need a sock puppet.

--Matt G.