Wednesday, October 11, 2006

WHEN IT USED TO BE PUBLIC SERVICE

Public service used to mean serving the public, not having the public serve the politicians. But it’s hard to see how that’s the case today when public “servants” put their careers before cost savings to the people who pay the taxes.

Public service used to mean sacrifice. Sacrificing greener pastures, bigger opportunities and better pay because government was always meant to be small and frugal. Now many view service in government as a path to a nice retirement check, and everybody wants to jump aboard a sinking ship.

Government cannot give without first taking from someone else. That’s why we expect government to use as little as possible to get the job done. If government gets too big, it would suck up resources from other priorities.

Is our government too big and too fat? I’d say so. The kids in Tafuna High School take a back seat to spending on a government airplane, a government golf course, a government bank, a government broadcasting station, a government telecommunication company, and a government boat. All of these things that the private sector can do and do better if they didn’t have the government competing with them with their own tax dollars.

Public service used to mean doing what’s right. But even doing the right thing takes a back seat to extending careers at all costs at the expense of taxpayers, of the people.

1 Comments:

At 5:52 AM , Blogger Stuart K. Hayashi said...

Hey Talimander! :-D

You write,"Public service used to mean serving the public, not having the public serve the politicians."

Says who? Throughout the Middle Ages, most Europeans believed in the Divine Right of Kings which said, yes, the peasants do exist to serve the nobles.

Do you know who else said that "public service" means "the public" has a duty to serve the politicians? Dr. Benjamin Rush -- one of the singers of the Declaration of Independence!

He wrote:

"[...T]o the duty which young men owe to their Creator, I wish to see a supreme regard to their country [translation: national government] inculcated upon them. [...That] duty is incumbent upon every citizen of a republic. ... Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property. ...

"...He must be taught to amass wealth, but it must be only to increase his power of contributing to the wants and demands of the state. ... Above all he ...must be taught that this life 'is not his own' when the safety of his country requires it."

I am not being sarcastic when I tell you this unvarnished truth: the phrase "public service" has always meant that the public's duty is to serve those in power. Why? Because the government is the agent of "Society."

In a democracy, you are to believe that the public "IS" the government. "Democracy" literally means "Power to the People." Thus, when the public serves the government, the public is really serving itself. That's how collectivists like Dr. Benjamin Rush saw it.

You wrote, "Public service used to mean sacrifice."

But government stinks insofar as public service still means sacrifice. Public service means that you, as a private citizen, need to learn to sacrifice your life and private property for the sake of the government collective.

Again, Declaration signer Benjamin Rush wrote that a person should learn to sacrifice his own family for the good of Society. He said that a young man must be taught "to love his family, but let him be aught at the same time that he must forsake and even forget them when the welfare of his country requires it.

"...He must love private life, but he must decline no station, however public or responsible it may be, when called to it by the suffrages of his fellow citizens. He must love popularity, but he must despise it when set in competition with the dictates of his judgment or the real interest of his country. He must love character and have a due sense of injuries, but he must be taught to appeal only to the laws of the state, to defend the one and punish the other."

You see? Dr. Rush said that Public Service meant that you should prioritize the State above morality itself.

The problem is that PUBLIC SERVICE STILL EQUALS SACRIFICE -- the sacrifice of the individual for the State.

That is why Dr. Rush's friend and penpal, Thomas Jefferson, had the good sense to rail against public service. Said he,

"I..am always mortified when anything is expected from me which I cannot fulfill, & more especially if it relate to the public service. The law then does not warrant the assumption of such a power by the state over it's members. For if it does where is that law? nor yet does reason, for tho' I will admit that this does subject every individual if called on to an equal tour of political duty yet it can never go so far as to submit to it his whole existence. If we are made in some degree for others, yet in a greater are we made for ourselves. It were contrary to feeling & indeed ridiculous to suppose that a man had less right in himself than one of his neighbors or indeed all of them put together. This would be slavery & not that liberty which the bill of rights has made inviolable and for the preservation of which our government has been charged. Nothing could so completely divest us of that liberty as the establishment of the opinion that the state has a perpetual right to the services of all it's members. This to men of certain ways of thinking would be to annihilate the blessing of existence; to contradict the giver of life who gave it for happiness & not for wretchedness; and certainly to such it were better that they had never been born. However with these I may think public service & private misery inseparably linked together..."

What was that? Repeat: Thomas Jefferson knew the truth -- "public service & private misery" are "inseparably linked together."

Public service was never about doing what was right -- at least not in the Middle Ages and not in the Founding Fathers' time. Public service was about the government owning your life. Because public service meant the government owned your life, Dr. Rush supported it and Mr. Jefferson opposed it.

 

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