February 28, 2013
Is America governed by space aliens? Mad scientists? Or by some kind of weird religious cult?
By now you may have seen news video of federal Department of Agriculture employees being subjected to “cultural sensitivity training.” Attendance was compulsory.
In the video we see some prat from a firm of “diversity trainers and consultants” lording it over a captive audience of USDA employees, who must do everything he says if they want to keep their jobs. He compels them to chant, in unison, “The Pilgrims were illegal aliens!” What do you call it when a whole roomful of people say and think the same thing at the same time? “Diversity!” Somebody in D.C. needs a dictionary—paid for by the taxpayer, of course.
But this little exercise in synchronized chanting and table-pounding cost you and me some $200,000. The “diversity expert” bragged about it. By the way, you can tell he’s a putz because he describes himself as “a citizen of the world.” That was stale in the 1930s; it’s pure foaming idiocy now. But at least he’s an expensive putz.
He works for a firm, Souder, Betances and Associates, that develops “strategies to implement inclusive behavior” and “reduce and eliminate prejudices and all forms of discrimination in the workplace” (the quote is from their Mission Statement), doubtless by suppressing all diversity of opinion and forcing everyone to have exactly the same opinion. I guess you’re supposed to keep on chanting their garbage until you actually believe it.
This teaches us an important lesson: the federal government already has way, way, way too much of our money. If they can afford to hold sensitivity training sessions, they have more money than is good for them—and certainly more than is good for us. Government must be pruned back, with a chainsaw, until it just doesn’t have the funds for such frolics. Besides which, if a whole roomful of employees can be spared from their duties for this, then assuredly the USDA has many more employees than it needs.
We also get a lesson in just how wide is the gulf between us and our ruling class. The politicians we see; but out of sight, out of mind, there’s a multitude of lawyers, judges, unions, teachers, professors, media stooges, and diversity experts who might as well be Martians, madmen, or cultists, for all they have in common with the rest of us. They gnaw away at the foundations of the country, hating America’s history, traditions, and culture, laboring incessantly to “transform” her into something else.
They’re able to do it because the government collects enough revenue to foot the bills. They tax our money out of our hands and use it against us.
Maybe they just don’t understand that most of us don’t want to be citizens of the world. We don’t want to be like Britain, where you have to pull your own teeth because you cannot see a dentist. We don’t want to be like continental Europe, where the whole shebang is going to collapse as soon as the Germans stop paying everybody else’s bills. We don’t like what we see in the Muslim world, China, Africa, or South America. Compared to the others, our country is spectacularly good just the way it is. All it really needs is a whole new ruling class.
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Finally, we learn a lesson about just how far public employees will go to keep their jobs. Independence? That’s expendable. Self-respect? A luxury. To be treated as an adult and not a child? Well, that’s nice, but it’s not as nice as a public employee pension.
Sensitivity training is cruel and degrading even to public employees. There are way too many of them, they cost us too much money, and it would be better if they were out here in the private sector with the rest of us, working real jobs and helping America grow instead of strangling her productivity. Not to be a Scrooge about it, but I really don’t fancy mopping floors at the age of 85 just so I can continue to pay taxes to support government employees who were pensioned off at 55. Paying millions of people not to work is just plain crazy.
Government employees changing slogans about how bad their country is—it’s not only crazy. It’s encouraging them to be ungrateful, to bite the hand that feeds them.
That’s your hand, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com