We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Dedicated to public service." Barf. Just those words are a joke to the average American, who knows full well that public service is self-service. Mrs. Bill Clinton and Bill made $200 million in public service. Slacker Harry Reid only made $10 million. Fame and fortune.
Why does that dips hit David Brooks get a column? He has no clue... actually, the entire commentariat has not a clue. Since their only venturing out of NYC is on a $100,000 vacation from 4 seasons, or to the Hamptons and other destinations, they have no idea of the damage that has been done to this country. Ass holes.
Clinton was never a public servant, she was meddlesome. She's never done one service for the public, but rather used her government positions to enrich herself and her cronies.
And then there is the hubris of politicians and bureaucrats. When the truth is revealed in the quote used by Professor Deidre McCloskey in her recent WSJ article:
Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, had the right idea in what he said to Reason magazine last year: “When people ask, ‘Will our children be better off than we are?’ I reply, ‘Yes, but it’s not going to be due to the politicians, but the engineers.’ ”
"Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler it is to be in “public service” than working in business or other “selfish” activities.
In other words, the message is that it is morally superior to be in organizations consuming output produced by others than to be in organizations which produce that output. Moreover, being morally one-up is where it’s at.
The second theme of many Commencement speakers, besides flattering themselves that they are in morally superior careers, is to flatter the graduates that they are now equipped to go out into the world as “leaders” who can prescribe how other people should live.
In other words, young people, who in most cases have never had either the sobering responsibility and experience of being self-supporting adults, are to tell other people — who have had that responsibility and that experience for years — how they should live their lives."~Thomas Sowell