Investigations. That seems to be the battle cry in Washington, D.C., and from one end of the country to the other, or sea to sea. Would Congress get more done if it didn’t have to investigate then investigate those who investigated?
Closer to home the FBI and Justice Department are going to investigate the St. Louis police and other law officers who helped them during the recent protests. We have today professional protesters who scramble to the scene wherever there are disruptions, some of whom are paid to march, carry signs, scream and in some instances incite riots, causing damage to property and injuring people. When a protester uses force, law enforcement officers must return force to protect property and the innocent bystanders.
It used to be understood that police officers have a duty to protect property and citizens. Now the rights of protesters too often take precedence over the officers who are performing the duties that they took an oath to uphold.
Nationally, the major issue seems to be to weed out the men whose behavior against women in a sexual manner has been wrong, distasteful and too many ladies, even female teens, have been made uncomfortable by these advances. If you are a public official, you’re in trouble if women come forward with stories of sexual misbehavior by a man, even many years ago.
Often it can result in investigations, some with merit, some without.
Investigations have been part of government operations since entities have been established. We reread with interest the other day about the investigative committee that Sen. Harry Truman of Missouri headed up in 1940 when defense contracts were being awarded as America prepared for World War II. He uncovered corruption in the awarding of those contracts. Remember the investigations by Sen. Joe McCarthy during the communism scare in the 1950s? His investigation smeared many officials and uncovered very little, and caused more fear about communists in our government than anything else.
There have been countless investigations into government officials’ malfeasance. There is something about government operations that brings out the worst in some individuals. It is damaging to trust in government.
The investigation now into whether the Russians interfered, or tried to, in the 2016 presidential election is ongoing at a high cost. Time and money is involved. It probably is that most Americans believe the Russians did try to interfere in the election but they didn’t influence the average voter as to whom to cast a ballot for. For usually good reasons, America has interfered in other countries’ elections. We did it to advance democratic principles and for human rights issues. Remember Oliver North’s actions?
Investigations are needed for our protection. Law enforcement officers are needed for our protection. The problem is too many investigations come wrapped in politics!