Shutdown: The Audacity of Bureaucrats

By C. Edmund Wright

 What the heck is on in the mind of someone who thinks the very oceans must be closed if they are not there to administer proper enjoyment of it? This week, it’s a pertinent question.

 Part of the answer is that many bureaucrats are people who, deep down inside, know they can’t achieve anything and/or are afraid to try. This is why they become bureaucrats in the first place.  Why else would they agree to work in a cubicle each day, in a job with a very low ceiling, tasked with torturing the very businesses and taxpayers who support their pathetic vocation? Consider: bureaucrats — and for this purpose I include the foot soldiers they dispatch to carry out their mischief — are much like low level referees.  They are given authority over people who are actually more accomplished than they are in a certain endeavor simply because of that cubicle, a PC, and books of regulations — or perhaps some absurd badge on a cheap blue shirt and a government-issued sedan or pickup truck. It’s their equivalent of the striped shirt and whistle.

Yes, I know, if you have a bureaucratic mindset, or are related to someone who has, you are horrified that I am generalizing.

Yes, I am. But it’s okay to generalize when one is upfront about it. Naturally I am not talking about every single bureaucrat, but I assert that it’s true of the majority, and, moreover, definitely symptomatic of how all government bureaucracies as a whole impact the rest of us, even if some good angels are part of these cubicle folk.  Besides, after the past week of absurd closures and attempted closures as a result of the so-called shutdown, where many thousands of dutiful bureaucrats carried out what amount to near-criminal acts ordered by an obviously petulant and peeved administration, the mountain of evidence is in my favor.

Oh, I’ve heard the sentiment on radio, cable and message boards that most government employees are good people just doing their jobs, and yet, I must ask — is this majority of good bureaucrats holed up somewhere with all of the hypothetical moderate Muslims?  Are they waiting to rapture themselves at some point in the future, validating these fanciful claims that they really are the majority?

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