Yet nowadays, on the rare occasion when a
"public servant's" laziness, incompetence, or
just plan knavery are accidentally exposed to public
view, the tradition is not to tar and feather the
reprobate and escort him to the county line. No, such
miscreants are quietly transferred to "some other
Where do they come from, these "other
departments" where incompetents or worse can be
quietly shuffled away to draw pay, processing triplicate
forms labeled "Paperwork Reduction Act Compliance
They come from votes like the one authorizing
the new "Clark County Neighborhood Services
Not to put too fine a point on it, if the
citizens of Clark County want to "become more active
in the community," "form neighborhood
groups," and "communicate" with one
another, they are perfectly capable of doing so in
taverns, in church halls, in the workplace, without the
aid of any tax-salaried hand-holders.
In fact, since the groups most in need of
forming are those that might want to fully inform fellow
citizens of their rights under the Second, Sixth and
Ninth Amendments -- the very rights which government
bureaucrats are usually at pains to convince us we no
longer possess or need -- it's not too far-fetched to
suggest that a government hand-holder would be an active obstacle
to any truly useful "community activism,"
organizing to exercise our right to keep and bear arms,
informing fellow-citizens of their traditional jury
powers, or breaking up the government schooling monopoly
... just isn't what they had in mind, at all.
Our imperial rulers are always squawking that
they don't have enough money to give us the schools,
parks, water lines, and roads we want or need, that we
can darned well vote to impose another tax on ourselves
if we want that kind of stuff.
But when it comes time to create whole new
offices never authorized, to generate on-line catalogs
and TV ads designed to attract more "customers"
to "utilize the services" of still other
useless and illegal boondoggles, well, suddenly there's
cash aplenty, just lying around.
What despicable twaddle. What loathesome
hubris. What transparent empire-building. And some still
wonder why the legendary, naive, good-spirited
willingness of the American people to pay their taxes and
cheerfully trust that their leaders are "doing
what's best" is finally ... but ever more rapidly
... crumbling away.
Suprynowicz is the assistant editorial page editor of the
Las Vegas Review-Journal. Readers may contact him via
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