We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hoover may have had his faults and quirks. But it seems, with all we've learned about the FBI's politicization over the last few years, that a rethinking is required about Hoover supposedly keeping files on Washington pols in an effort to "blackmail" them. I can't help but conclude that if Hoover did, in fact, keep files on politicians, is was mainly as an insurance policy to keep the FBI free from politics. The independence of the FBI during the Hoover years was the foundation for its reputation of impeccable integrity. Just a thought...
In ecology, there is the theory that accumulating stable toxins reach ever higher concentrations in the organisms as the food chain is ascended.
It starts out at the bottom as simple lying by the popos to the perps to elicit confessions. It progresses to testilying on the stand, and lying to We the People. Public choice theory. Judges and lawyers all know, they are in on the con.
By the time you get to the g-men, they are swimming in toxins, infused in every pore. Dirty cops all: politicians, bureaucrats, judges, lawyers, g-men.
There is no justice, only punishment. Criminals are their valued customers. If they don't have enough, they'll go make some more. Law-abiding We the People are the enemy and the prey.
FBI is latest good Bad-Example of the lack of high personal morals destroying an institution. All successful human efforts are based in high personal moral. Science must have moral scientists. Legal system must have moral judges, lawyers, and police. Water and sewer systems must have moral operators. The individual members of society must inculcate high morals in its young and expect it of other members or Society and all its institutions will become corrupt and fail. Without high moral values, Trust is broken, expectations are broken, the society is broken.