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Capitol Hill Police Victims of Congressional Arrogance

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Posted on March 17 2010 1:07 pm
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Okay, they are trying to bully the entire country, so this may not seem like such a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But, it’s a symptom of a much larger problem in the halls of Congress. Plus, it’s still really jerky, Better Than You ™  behavior. It’s also incredibly stupid ; the Hill cops are meant to protect them. From The Hill:

Capitol Hill cops decry bullying staff members

U.S. Capitol Police officers say they need more backing from their leaders to stop congressional staffers who insist on bypassing metal detectors when entering the Capitol with lawmakers.

Several officers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Hill that without a written directive of the policy, they’re left to face bullying staffers and intimidating lawmakers who have been known to file complaints against the officers. The staffers have accused them of discourteous treatment after being stopped and directed to the magnetometers.

Wow. They file complaints against Hill police for doing their jobs because they feel that they are too important and above complying with the rules? I suppose we should be glad that they all don’t physically hit Hill police, like the ever classy Rep. Cynthia McKinney did.

It’s also funny how they constantly pass security measures that WE must all comply with, but they are, of course, above it all. This is just another instance of  “Do as we say, not as we do.” Not too long ago, Senator Schumer was a prime example of such unwarranted and icky hubris, when he berated a flight attendant for doing her job.

Senator Chuck Schumer not only feels an overbearing sense of entitlement, but he goes so far as to berate others for doing their job. Of course, he doesn’t really know what an actual job is.

Schumer and his seatmate, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), were chatting on their phones before takeoff when an announcement indicated that it was time to turn off the phones. Both senators kept talking. According to the GOP aide, a flight attendant then approached Schumer and told him the entire plane was waiting on him to shut down his phone.

Schumer asked if he could finish his conversation. When the flight attendant said “no,” Schumer ended his call but continued to argue his case. He said he was entitled to keep his phone on until the cabin door was closed. The flight attendant said he was obliged to turn it off whenever a flight attendant asked.

“He argued with her about the rule,” the source said. “She said she doesn’t make the rules, she just follows them.” When the flight attendant walked away, the witness says Schumer turned to Gillibrand and uttered the B-word.

Worse, they are using their authority to make people afraid of doing their jobs, which puts other people’s lives at risk.

The problems enforcing security protocol surfaced less than two weeks after a gunman dressed like a Pentagon employee opened fire on two officers at an entrance to the building, wounding three officers in the process. And three years ago, a staff member for Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) was arrested trying to carry a loaded pistol and two loaded ammunition clips into the Russell Senate Office Building in a briefcase.

Of course, why would pesky rules and safety regulations matter to people who feel no qualms about stomping all over The Constitution? And why would they care about people just trying to do their jobs, when they don’t care about jobs? Or, you know, the will of the people even.

I’d like to file a complaint against them. I think that we will; in November.

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h/t Dan Collins’ twitter feed

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