During the presidential administration of Lyndon Baines Johnson two of Johnson's closest friends warned L.B.J. that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was disregarding the civil liberties of many people. It was then that Johnson gave his pungent summation of why he kept Hoover: "I would rather have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in."
A piece of wisdom from an old-school Texan. Yes, bad things can happen when Texans stray from the wisdom of their fathers: when Texans forget that you don't want some people outside the tent pissing in.