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We on Ricochet complain a lot about how employees of the federal government act like the masters, and think citizens are their servants. According to our Constitution, the truth is the opposite.
But particularly galling is the audacity of the more than 400 government employees from many different departments signing a letter demanding that the President (elected by the citizens of the United States) adopt policies to the liking of those employees. The letter demands the President change policy to support a “cease-fire” in the Hamas-Israel war. (NBC report. National Review via MSN report.) Following up on the post of @susanquinn .
Obvious to us, but apparently not to these people, is that employees of the federal government are servants of the American citizens. The citizens (directly or indirectly) elect the President, Senators, and Congressional representatives to develop policies of the federal (national) government. The jobs of the government employees are to implement the policies developed by the elected representatives of the citizens. The employees (servants of the citizens of the United States) do not get to demand of the citizens’ elected representatives adopt the servants’ preferred policies.
Yet here are these employees of the federal government – servants of the American citizens – claiming some power to tell the elected representatives of the citizens what policies those elected representatives should favor. That is a particularly egregious offense to the principles of American governance.
First off, I’d recommend firing immediately all 400-plus signatories to that letter for clear gross incompetence. They fail to understand basic American civics that is essential to the conduct of their jobs.
Longer term, perhaps the government should contract with an outfit like Kite and Key Media or Hillsdale College to put together some short videos or a short course for all new national (federal) government employees on the Constitutional role of the national government.Published in