May 9, 2013
State senators in New York are dropping like flies, casualties of the latest bribery probe. In Washington, D.C., a presidential spokesman blows off the murder of America’s ambassador to Libya, last September, with “Oh, that was a long time ago.” In Texas, school officials refuse to let parents see the curriculum being taught to their children unless they pay for the privilege.
At every level, everywhere you look, public officials, elected and appointed, dazzle us with their displays of towering stupidity, clueless arrogance, and cheap venality. It’s as if you have to demonstrate a truly high capacity for baseness, incompetence, and overweening pride before you can even be considered for a public office, nowadays.
We are here to pay special honor to the Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia, Dr. Keith Archer. In a teeming mob of idiots, he stands out like a colossus.
This man occupies “a non-partisan office of the legislature,” according to the government website, and his job is the “fair, impartial, and efficient administration of provincial elections.” Please remember those words: non-partisan, fair, impartial.
The following is a transcript of a public service message from Dr. Archer’s office, and has been aired on television and youtube. It’s short, so I’ll quote the whole thing.
“There’s an election coming, and some people still ask: ‘How old do you have to be to vote in BC?’”
You’d think that’d be an easy question to answer, wouldn’t you? But read on.
“Well, it’s when you’re old enough to want to pitch in.
“When you’re wise enough to know it takes a community to raise a child.
“It comes when you’ve been in BC long enough to know that it’s special… but delicate.
“It’s when you’re old enough to value a just society… and it’s when you’re young enough that your best still lies ahead of you…
“Oh—and you have to be 18.”
Isn’t it astounding, how much drivel you can cram into a mere 92 words? Remember, this guy is supposed to be “non-partisan” and “fair” and “impartial,” ROFL. Who but a cinderblock-head in government would even suspect Dr. Archer of impartiality?
Take that bit about being “wise enough to know it takes a community to raise a child”—instead of, say, a family. In the primordial soup which sloshes around inside Dr. Archer’s cranium, it is an indisputable given that the entire voting populace of British Columbia has signed on to this airy-fairy pseudo-psychology in which the gossiping hag next door, the fey college professor on the corner, and the toss-pot down the street all serve as deputy parents to your children. It does not occur to this progressive pinhead that anyone could have a different opinion on that subject. Maybe you can be impartial if you honestly can’t grasp that another side exists.
Is it really true that you have to “value a just society” before they let you vote? So if you let it slip that you actually value an unjust society, will they turn you away from the polls? What if you don’t want to “pitch in,” but can think of a lot of people and policies that you’d like to pitch out? What does any of this claptrap mean? But we have learned to be afraid, very afraid, whenever progs and libs and lefties start talking about “justice.” It means they’re coming after your paycheck.
And at the very end we learn that none of this bilge matters one iota if you’re not eighteen!
Obviously Dr. Archer’s “best” still lies some five hundred years in the future. Why is he being paid to issue soft-core left-wing propaganda, when he ought to be composing indigestible pap for the Mawkish Treacly Greeting Card Company? Surely that’s where his nano-talents lie.
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But the lesson is for all of us, not just the defenseless taxpayers of British Columbia. Whether you’re in California or Massachusetts, or somewhere in between, when it comes to who’s running your country, your state, your hometown, or (unsurprisingly) your local school district, you can’t throw a brick blindfolded without hitting a ninnie. The alchemy of government transmutes meat-heads into sages and savants the moment they acquire public office: or so they would have you believe, because that’s what they believe.
Take a good look at our leaders. Do you think God may be trying to tell us something?
© 2013 Lee Duigon - All Rights Reserved
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