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Government misconduct less under "MOB" rule?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26829points) April 13th, 2010

While watching a news show it was stated that to combat organized crime the MOB boss or head of the cartel etc could be charged for any and all offences committed by their foot soldiers, enforcers, lieutenants, capos, under bosses etc whether or not they (the heads of the organization) knew of it or sanctioned it. If we held government to that would not a lot of problems go away? There will be less Iran/Contra, Watergate Travelgate, Blackwater incidences, leaking of CIA operatives, Abu Graib incidences etc? No one can simply dump it on the underlings who may have gone rogue or set up to be the pasty because they are the easy target. If a MOB boss is supposed to know everything that goes on under him would not the US government know everything that goes on under them? After all, they have way more money and resources than the MOB or the cartel.

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marinelife's avatar

Actually, heads of state are held accountable for some things that underlings do. The government is bigger than the mob or a cartel.

Also, I don’t like the idea of eschewing the doctrine of personal responsibility.

Cruiser's avatar

With most MOB, CIA operatives, Blackwater etc….most if not all underlings caught doing “Boss approved” nefarious activities would not live to testify against their bosses.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Sadly, elected officials frequently do not act as if there are responsible to those who elected them. Fortunately, informed citizens retain the power to fire their elected representatives and to encourage others to do the same.

Since few citizens even attempt to stay informed about the conduct of the representatives, many of them who fail to do their jobs with integrity and responsibility get reelected because most citizens vote along party lines if bother to vote at all.

Apathy and ignorance play a big role in allowing corruption to continue unchecked.

If citizens actually held elected officials accountable for what they do or fail to do, government would be both more effective and more honest.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence I guess a lot of that is our own fault huh? So long as the gas is in the tank and the lights come on no one really cares about what and how the government does unless the press put it in a spot light such as corporate bail outs then everyone want so chime in then.

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