During my tenure in the U.S. military, I developed a distaste for the profligate employment of acronyms (second only on my “grump-about” list to the unfortunate tendencies of otherwise attractive young women to enunciate in the flat, nasal, honking tones that have the same effect on me as do ragged fingernails scraped across a chalk board). These days they have become even more distasteful, considering the actions perpetrated by some of the government agencies commonly known as the CIA, IRS, NSA, EPA and so on.
What with some of the current polls showing that the public’s trust in their government is sadly lacking – only an average of 26% responding that they had faith in the government’s intentions to “do what is best for my interests” – it appears that others share my aversion. Frankly, I am surprised that the percentage is that high; the only explanation that I can hope for is that this minority showcases the truly brain-dead of America.
The rule of law has been swept under the rug by the current administration. Crony capitalism rules and the apparently unsupervised bureaucratic monster ( a Pandora’s box of regulatory entities characterized by the above-mentioned acronyms) that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, has now overtly joined the Permanent Political Class to coordinate control of the fiefdom of America. Here is a consoling thought: literally millions of “public service” employees who enjoy higher than average wages, exceptional health care plans, a plethora of perks not available to the average citizen and job protection that prevents them from being discharged from their privileged positions because of poor performance, unethical/criminal activity or any number of other infractions that would send private sector employees out the door in a heartbeat, are pretty much in charge of the day-to-day operation of this nation. And, “better still”, a great many of these workers fall under the protective embraces of the various unions that have become essentially one of the enforcement arms of the administration.
Does your head hurt yet?
Let’s consider the concept of “public service”. Elected officials are a good place to start. All of them take office under an oath that supposedly binds them to act in the best interests of their constituents. Can you, in all seriousness, think of any of that crowd who might personify that commitment? Nope, me neither. Their main goal, as a group, would appear to remain in office as long as possible to gain the contacts that will enable them to continue to grow wealthy at public expense. Nothing else tops that drive to get reelected, so that the pursuit if personal and/or financial achievement will continue unabated, no matter how they may choose to attempt to cloak this naked ambition. Come to think of it, that is the one thing that Mr. Obama has been honest enough to show to the public through his actions and rhetoric.
I’m sure that any of you who have held elective office in any number of social and civic organizations such as the Masons, Elks, Lions, PTA, etc. have at some point come to the realization that, “Damn, this has turned into a lot of work.” And if your intent is to truly serve the organization and its members by helping them reach their goals and ideals, then the sacrifice of your personal time and energy will only increase.
There is an ancient philosophical tenet regarding humankind as a socially interactive entity that depends on each other for protection and security, accepting that social dependency is one of the strongest bonds of society. Trust is a natural and vital component of such a viewpoint and when that trust is devalued and violated, the underpinnings and binding cement of the structure begin to weaken and disintegrate.
In modern-day America, the proponents of The State have for decades been industriously working to replace a cohesive society built on the pillars of Law, education, religion and family with the all-powerful, all-knowing father figure of government. Behold the current results.
Houston, we have a problem.