- Nov 2009
I think going with the gist of it is ok. We all know that there are nuances. In your example, the bad cop doesn't undermine the country, but he certainly undermined his fellow police officers and precinct.I agree with it in theory but it also depends on the context. For example, a local police officer that breaks rules doesnt necessarily mean the entire government is under attack. But if we are referring to say the FBI or the military as a whole, then thats a cause for concern.
Yes it depends if its a spreading issue. If a couple bad officers are found and dealt with, its chalked up to normal statistics. However, if we find that a group has been infiltrated and many breaking the law become the norm, then yes that can undermine the country.I think going with the gist of it is ok. We all know that there are nuances. In your example, the bad cop doesn't undermine the country, but he certainly undermined his fellow police officers and precinct.
When you were growing up did you shake your Christmas gifts? heheAs Baji noted, it's a matter of degree. As the quote stands it is a bit hyperbolic.
With a nation of hundreds of millions of people there are always going to be rogue outliers. But if the pattern arose that misbehavior within law enforcement was being rationalized/justified it would certainly be a reason for concern. (The rambo style...)
For now i think we (the US) are in pretty good shape.
(Guess it's time to go google the quote....eh?)