Another prescient post from the past

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been trolling through my old posts with the idea of putting out another Kindle book, and I’m impressed by the number of my past posts that either predicted today’s political problems or explain them.  As always, I’m not boasting about my exceptional perspicacity.  All of us knew what was going on.  It’s simply that I happen to have written these things down.

My latest foray in the past yielded a post from a year-and-a-half ago about the way a Democrat-run federal government ensures that no one ever takes responsibility for anything.  My starting point was the fact that, after dining at a breakfast spot with two service men, Obama left without paying the bill.  I didn’t fault him for that.  Rather, I faulted his minions, none of whom stepped up and took responsibility for that commonplace inevitability.  It was in that context that I wrote:

The Democrat desire to avoid personal responsibility goes all the way up the ladder to the top man, the guy in the White House.  Obama avoids personal responsibility like the plague and is beginning to get mocked for that, even by his own party.  But why are his compadres surprised?  The entire Democrat ethos is based upon eating the food and having someone else pay the bill — and then expressing surprise when the bill goes unpaid.

To skip to another scenario (this is the scenario equivalent of mixed metaphors), think back to the last CPR class you took.  I always forget the number of pumps and breaths (and understand that they’ve now simplified it down to a Bee Gees song).  What I do remember, though, is that the one thing you should never do is holler out a generic “Call 911!”  This makes everyone responsible for making that call and experience has shown that if everyone is responsible then no one is responsible.  Instead, you have to tag someone.  “YOU, the guy in the black shirt, call 911.”

The same principle of failing to invest specific people with responsibility — and thereby creating a responsibility vacuum — holds true when the government sucks responsibility away from people and distributes it into its vast machinery.  Suddenly, individuals aren’t responsible — and you can’t find the clerk with the cash when you need him.

My sister once worked with a secretary who felt put upon.  No matter what one asked her to do, she came back with a single answer:  “That’s not my job, man.”  Since she was working for a private company, she was fired as soon as the company felt that it had protected itself against a potential wrongful discharge lawsuit.  In the federal world, this same gal would not only have lifetime employment, she’d be teaching taxpayer-funded seminars on avoiding direct responsibility for anything.

I wrote those words long before the Obamacare fiasco revealed itself in its full glory to the American people — and long before we learned that part of the problem was that no one was in charge.  Obama didn’t talk to Sebelius, Sebelius didn’t talk to her people, and the people tasked with the work were pushed aside when they tried to talk to anyone.  For each of them, when it came to taking responsibility, the controlling ethos was “That’s not my job, man!”

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  • Ymarsakar

    What is their job then. Getting rich from farming the tax animals they call Americans?

  • zombie

    Nice redesign of BWR!

    • Bookworm

      Thanks, Zombie.  It’s a work in progress.  My original site got hacked with malware buried so deep in the code that my webmaster couldn’t even find it.  He therefore gave me this lean, mean template, which he’ll start building up a bit to personalize it more (with my rolling, Marin hills header, Corot painting of a woman reading, etc.).  I think it’s a clean, easy-to-read look, but I want it to be a bit less sterile at the end of the day.

  • Charles Martel

    Book, can you arrange to list the names of posters who have made recent comments, regardless of which article they’re commenting on? Otherwise we have to go through each article one by one to see what’s new.

    • Ymarsakar

      No RSS reader, Martel?

  • Danny Lemieux

    “My latest foray in the past yielded a post from a year-and-a-half ago about the way a Democrat-run federal government ensures that no one ever takes responsibility for anything.
    How true. I’ve spent years trying to get in the heads of the Progressive /Leftists that I know (mostly they are in my church) and here is what I have learned:
    1) Their world view is the embodiment of the 18th Century secular-humanist philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, the same whose philosophy formed the foundation for all utopian fascist movements that followed (French revolution, French Commune-ists, Marxists, Naziis, etc.). Incidentally, Rousseau was a flaming narcissist.
    2) According to the (intensely secular) philosophy, there is no dualist struggle between good and bad that forms peoples’ decisions in life. They view all people as born basically good, but they are corrupted by outside influences (social status, organizations, Republicans, etc). I can’t tell you how often I’ve been told by Progs that “all people are basically good”. No they aren’t. Therefore, people aren’t responsible for what they do, outside influences are. Think a bit about how that worldview stokes and justifies the narcissistic personality). I
    3) Theirs is an intensely materialistic worldview, where good and bad and society’s “injustices” are defined by the distribution of material goods. Want to eliminate crime? Give the perps money. Want to eliminate world-wide jihadi activity, give them money…your money! 
    4) The perceived bad things in society must be eliminated before Utopia can be created. The ends justify the means.
    5) Finally, because these enlightened Progs perceive the world as it truly is and are trying to “repair the world”, it is to these enlightened sources that all the world’s wealth and resources should flow because it is only these light bringers who know how to properly repair the world.
    In Judeo Christian writings, the story is told of the archangel Luciel (light-bringer), a materialist and narcissist who rebelled against God’s authority and definition of right and wrong. Luciel knew better. Luciel could not admit to being wrong. He rallied other angels against God’s authority and there was a great and destructive war in Heaven, the result being that Luciel and his followers were cast out of Heaven into a netherworld, which they transformed into Hell. Luciel was thereafter know as Lucifer (Prince of darkness). It is no trivial point that Rousseau acolyte Saul Alinsky dedicated his “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer. 

  • Libby

    O/T Book – If you do put together another kindle book I’d suggest including “Sex and State Power” that was posted over at American Thinker. One of your best (out of a field of so many excellent posts).

    • Bookworm

      Thank you so much, Libby.  I’ll definitely think about doing that.

  • Ymarsakar

    Danny, they certainly seem keen on changing the world. But what they don’t change is themselves and their rotten excuse of a soul.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Exactly, Ymarsaker. Because to them, the Anointed, there is nothing about them that needs fixing. 

  • Ymarsakar

    They view all people as born basically good, 
    I think a better description is that they think people are born as a manifestation of ourobos.
    Meaning the serpent of infinity and self sufficiency. They keep talking about sustainability and Gaian ecosystem renewal. They want something that only needs itself, eats itself, secretes itself, to exist. That is what they consider natural, beautiful, and good.
    A modern welfare state taxes the peons and uses the taxes from the peons to pay the peons, and they tax the pay of the peons so that they can pay the peons… like a self renewing cycle. But Thatcher says it isn’t renewable because humans have money flow problems. SO they need to make humans, remake humans, into an ideal. It is all the external corruption, such as love, freedom, inequality, that makes us unable to become Utopians where we eat ourselves, secrete ourselves, and only need ourselves to survive and live.