Coupla posts I’d been intending to getting to.
First, this cite of H.L. Menken on Public Enemy Number One. Note: the "police officers" you see today are of the same character makeup as those Good Germans who — as Billy himself puts it — "didn’t listen to their own conscience as they loaded Jews into cattle cars." Go read the whole cite, but here’s the essential:
What the common man longs for in this world, before and above all
his other longings, is the simplest and most ignominious sort of peace:
the peace of a trusty in a well-managed penitentiary.
…the very height of what America was all about was stated in the Declaration of Independence.
And it was all downhill from there. Read it.