Discretion is the Better Part of Valor

In this entry, writes about an unintentional and unpleasant visit from the Secret Service. For reasons detailed in the entry, the actual text of the entry in question is no longer available. While it is impossible to comment on the specific situation without seeing the original text, I will offer a few general thoughts on the subject.

One, a visit from the feds is never fun. As part of previous jobs, I have had the displeasure of being investigated by Uncle Sam. A visit from the feds is so not fun that my grandma, a saint and the sweetest person you could ever meet, was pissed off afterward. Those agents were professional and nice but the very nature of being the subject of the government's attentions is ponderous. I rather suspect that an ant under a magnifying glass feels the same way.

Two, the Secret Service take their job incredibly seriously. Remember: they are willing to die for their job. (That is a courtesy I am unwilling to extend to my employer.) It has nothing to do with who is in power; they serve the country through its government. I read about a candidate to the Secret Service that was denied because he had sent a critical letter to the president when he was six years old. That is how serious they take their job.

Three, the rules are different for Those In Charge. Like it or not, that is how it has always been, how it is now, and how it will probably always be. Lacking any direct evidence that you have the capacity and intent to follow up on them, you can shout at the top of your lungs all sorts of evil things you wish to befall your enemies. (I recommend against it but it is your karma.) But there is no such freedom concerning the president. Even making the threat is a federal offense. And agents may hear a threat where others do not.

Four, people are mad. While I consider the "most important election ever" rhetoric to be hyperbole, many people believe it. Politics is an inherently inflammatory subject but this election seems to have raised the emotions to a fever pitch. There appears to be no cure for it; certainly reasoning has had no effect. But, given the tempers on all sides, now is not a good time to make injurious suggestions about government officials or political candidates, no matter how you feel about them.


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