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Well, I'm Glad the Election is Over

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bubba Ray Boudreaux, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Well, I\'m Glad the Election is Over

    And I ain't talking about the national scene either.

    There's only a couple people here that know just what the hell I've been dealing with the last few months, and I made mention of it earlier, but not in so much detail.

    As you know, I'm a deputy sheriff and whoever it was that thought it was a good idea, the office of sheriff is an elected position.

    Before I took the job, I knew it was election year for the sheriff and knowing he had 16 years going for him, no one would have the balls to run against him this year. Well someone did and that someone was my brother. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    Well, I was off at school for the first two months, but of course I'm back for the stretch run of this horse race. I kept my distance from my brother, but also from my boss during the race. I have some issues when it comes to using the badge to campaign for someone (except when I'm speaking solely on my own as a LEO who should be president /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif) and I've been brought up to do things a certain way, which I found out ain't done that way here.

    When my brother kicked off his campaign, I visited him in his office one day (he's a city cop) and there's campaign stuff all around. Well I sort of had a coniption over this due to my own ethical values on the subject. Well of course, I soon find out that this is the way it's done cause my office was getting covered in crap for the boss. Oh well, it's their deal, F 'em.

    Then there's deputies showing up at campaign crap in uniform, putting signs in their yards and bumper stickers on their personal vehicles. Oh well, let them do what they want.

    The best part of the whole deal was people inside my department told me I would get bothered by people talking about the election. Funny thing was, I'd only get bothered by it when I was in the office because someone there would bug me about it.

    At times, it would be hard to explain to people my thought process. I stand behind the profession. I may wear a badge and uniform that says BFESO on it, but my loyalty that drives me to do my job to the best of my ability is to the law enforcement profession as a whole. In fact tonight, my boss called me before I hit the streets and told me it was okay to go to my brother's election get together on duty. As much as I appreciated that, I had to tell him that I couldn't, especially in uniform. I don't know about y'all, but I don't like seeing a line of cops in uniform behind a politician when they are signing some legislation. My badge and uniform are neutral.

    Well, in the end of what most everyone thought was going to be a close race and in fact had my boss sweating pretty hard, he handed my brother's ass to him on a silver platter. While there is a lot that I don't know, having inside info on things while these two were going at each other kind of gave me new insight on the whole process. There were things that went on that I didn't agree with, but had to suck them up and drive on. I don't like the process of a law enforcement officer being elected, but if it must be, I definately have a problem with people in an incorporated area, that very rarely have any type of contact with us, much less get serviced by us, having a say in the election because I feel it takes away from the people who actually do depend on us.

    With that being said, I do have ambitions of being a sheriff someday and tonight, I may have a road to travel presented to myself in which to I can try to acheive that goal. It's not with my current department, and as it stands now, there is a whole lot of stuff standing in the way before I can even venture onto that road................
     
  2. supersize75k5

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    Re: Well, I\'m Glad the Election is Over

    interesting /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  3. bigyellowjimmy

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    Re: Well, I\'m Glad the Election is Over

    Interesting, I have a friend who is a Detective.......his Dept stays much more neutral politically than what you described. He wont even put a political bumper sticker on his personal vehicles either.
     
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    Re: Well, I\'m Glad the Election is Over

    I'd vote for ya Bubba... /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif It must have been very hard for you to keep your distance and stay on a neutral plane. Your job can not include favorites or one-sidedness.

    Now you can loosen your belt and relax for a while... /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
  5. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    I'd vote for ya Bubba... /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif It must have been very hard for you to keep your distance and stay on a neutral plane. Your job can not include favorites or one-sidedness.

    Now you can loosen your belt and relax for a while... /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

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    In reality, it wasn't that hard most of the time. Just exercised a little self control and restrain from calling people "uneducated asshats." /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif I really wanted to throw out the "Baby Jesus cries when Democrats get votes" line a few times; but I figured that if I did, I figured that some of the more religious folk in the office would promptly complain to the boss, who happens to be Democrat, and they'd find a yardarm to hang my ass off of.

    All in all, just another day, well in this instance, a few months into the chaos of which surrounds me.
     
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    Re: Well, I\'m Glad the Election is Over

    Bubba, sounds like you survived the situation unscathed. I'd vote for ya, and I'll even let you arrest me a time or two if you like...but you gotta come back to Oklahoma to do it. Glad that election is over for you, good luck with any future plans you may have. I love the baby jesus line by the way, and Im a democrat. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  7. Ryan B.

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    I'd vote for ya too bubba..
    Your a good guy. A bit hillbillyish, but a good guy to have on your side. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif Only the cool cops have K5's.
    Lemme know if you need me to pick you and Greg72 and 'fumes up at the SJ airport on my way to blazerfest '05. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
  8. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Lemme know if you need me to pick you and Greg72 and 'fumes up at the SJ airport on my way to blazerfest '05. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

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    Well, I bought the last two issues of Peterson's and it has me thinking.......

    What could be better than following along on "Bubba's Worldwide Western States Tour?" If I'm coming, I'm driving and I'll be actually wheeling my own rig /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     

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