So there was this:
“It’s my job” he says. Which is just one step away from “I was only following orders.”
Sorry, Stevie. May I call you “Stevie”? Don’t really care, actually. Going to call you that anyway.
Look, Stevie. Short version: “It’s my job” is never an excuse for doing something unethical, let alone illegal, and certainly not unconstitutional. “It’s my job” does not make a wrong thing right. Period. End of short version.
Slightly longer version. Stevie, don’t think I didn’t notice how you just breezed over things with a boss telling you to “do something.” (Like “Some people did something”?) This vague generalization allows you to mask the truly monstrous idea you are attempting to justify here.
Look, if my boss tells me to clean up the warehouse, I clean up the warehouse even if it doesn’t fall under my normal job duties but still falls under “other duties as assigned.” Oh, in many places using a Senior Analytical Scientist as a janitor might be a poor use of scarce resources that have alternative uses but we’re a small company and we have to wear a lot of “hats” so you do what needs to be done when it needs to be done and don’t worry that much about official “job titles.”
But, if my boss said “Rob the office next door” do you think that would fall under “other duties as assigned”? (Spoiler: It doesn’t.) If my boss were to lose his mind and give me that order, I would tell him to F-off (in so many words) and I would then promptly warn the neighboring office and the police of his plans.
It’s called “ethics”, Stevie. You, apparently, don’t know anything about that.
Let’s take that a step farther. Suppose I, too, lost my mind and actually obeyed that ridiculous order thinking “I’m just doing my job.” Do you think that “it’s my job” would make it okay? When the police came to arrest me (after all, I don’t think I’d make a very competent crook) and I told them I was just doing my job would they say, “well, all right then. You can go”?
I didn’t think so.
Oh, and my first job after leaving the Air Force? I did tell my boss to F-off (albeit not in so many words–I was more polite then) when he asked me to do something I considered unethical. Not even illegal, just in violation of my personal ethics. Left that job and went working elsewhere–preferred washing dishes in a restaurant to violating my ethics.
It being “your job” doesn’t make it right. It doesn’t make it acceptable. A hit man for the Gambino family is just “doing his job” when he pops a rival boss. But he’s still a murderer and a criminal. He’s still morally repugnant.
Just like you would be, Stevie, to participate in the confiscation of arms from previously law abiding (law abiding until unconstitutional laws were passed making them criminals) members of the community.
Just like you would be, Stevie, as a Jack Booted Thug.