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Big Bird fed--
ambassador dead

 

This article isn't about what the above title suggests; the title does, however, illustrate the point.

Our government has evolved further and further from the ideals upon which it was originally established. It is, today, a bloated, self-sustaining (with our money) amoeba, feeding upon taxpayers and ambition, engulfing and digesting nearly all with whom it comes into contact.  Self-preservation and procreation (it's own) are its primary purposes. And each bureaucratic cell that comprises this life form divides to create another...and another...and another...

The millions (perhaps tens of millions--but who's counting) bureaucrats spawned by this constant regeneration are a huge voting block, all of their own, who most assuredly do not vote for politicians offering to eliminate their livelihood. Just like an amoeba they expand and reproduce or cease to exist.

But that isn't the point either.

What IS the point, is that the people that we legitimately elect are not the people running our government; the millions upon millions of faceless bureaucrats who comprise the bureaucracy are. And they go about their jobs without direct electoral validation. This is why, believe it or not, your vote for President is so important. The bureaucracy which has become our real government has become so huge as to be unmanageable, unknowable and un-definable; so huge that no single person can even know what its individual cells are, where they are or what they do.

But one thing about almost all individual bureaucrats is certain; they don't want to rock their boat. And so, from the most menial position to the most powerful "czars," each looks up the management ladder and takes their cues from the person above them. Ultimately, the perceived philosophies of the President of the United States are mimicked down, through layer upon layer upon layer of bureaucrats, forming their individual action (inaction?) priorities.

When bureaucrats' questions of policy or decisions are required, they are guided by the perceived philosophies of those above them.

Numerous, well-armed, state-of-the art security personnel and systems for American embassies in highly volatile regions where people shout "death to America" at every provocation? At a cost of millions of dollars?

Not needed. After all, if we are nice to them, they'll be nice to us.

That's the apparent philosophy.

A half billion dollars for public broadcasting whose iconic figurehead is a seven foot tall yellow bird? An absolute necessity. After all, without Sesame Street, who's going to teach kids to count? Or learn their ABC's? Or develop their social skills?

Their parents? Perish the thought.

That's the apparent philosophy.