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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Be Thankful! It's the Law.

Yesterday, our Deputy Sheriff was lurking about 20 feet from his home/compound on South Beach, looking to cite drivers on Benson Road.  (That would be on Saturday, on a weekend in which the tourist traffic re-increases because we have arrived almost at Canadian Thanksgiving and on which day Canadian cottagers often come back for a family turkey dinner.)  Today, Sunday, he was sitting just out of sight on Benson, looking to observe (?) folks running the red light there, or perhaps just making rolling stops at the stop sign.  Same tourists, still here.  Same virtually no-traffic on the Point.  Well, there are rules and there are laws and all that.

I am reminded, however, that the lowest level of moral development is that of  'you have to follow the rules.'  Preferably to the letter.  This is the moral judgment of five-year-olds.  And, I suppose some folks never really get beyond that stage.  I was reading an article the other day about the current Acting Director of the DEA in our federal government (that's the Drug Enforcement Administration).  She was appointed to be Director by Bush but the appointment never got approved.  But now, Obama the Disappointer, has reappointed her to head that Agency, notwithstanding the fact that she believes the federal government should continue to enforce marijuana laws even when they fly in the face of state-approved medical marijuana laws, and even when the U.S. Attorney General has said that the federal government should not do that.

What can you say?  Well, there are rules and laws and all that.  And I guess we can be thankful for them on Thanksgiving Day.  Even Canadian Thanksgiving Day.