Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. My New Year’s Resolution Is to Not Say “Public Servant” in 2015

 

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From national holidays to team mascots, the other side has made so many words and phrases verboten that I have to Google the acceptability of my speech before opening my mouth. I try to not make a habit of contributing to this intolerance, but I’m willing to make one exception: I think the phrase “public servant” is counterproductive, destructive, and should be banished. Since I’m not one to go for a typical New Year’s resolution of self improvement — too much of a lost cause at this point for that to be much help — my resolution this year is to do my part to make “public servant” politically incorrect in 2015.

The reasons for this are that the qualifications for becoming a public servant seem to be as follows:

  • Being incapable of gainful employment outside government or the various organizations (think tanks, lobbying firms, etc.) that feed at its trough;
  • Viewing the taking money from one group of citizens and the giving it to another as “making a difference”;
  • Maintaining two addresses, one in the area you supposedly represent and one where you actually reside; and
  • Becoming incredibly wealthy while (supposedly) subsisting on a public wage.

This is no way to run a republic.

My thoughts on this subject may put me in the minority even at Ricochet, where this term can be heard as one of endearment on podcasts. “Public servant” seems to be used as a catch all excuse for someone on “our side” whose only qualification for running for office is experience running for office. I may be a bit puritanical, but I think we can do better than cheering on the red team’s career politicians in favor of the blue team’s career politicians.

So, after some champagne and that first midnight kiss, close your eyes and imagine a republic governed by men and women who are granted respect but are not placed upon pedestals of glorification based on a lucrative career in government “serving” the people.

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  1. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    What are you going to use to replace it?

    Elected Official?

    Doge?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 5:22 AM PST
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  2. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    MLH:What are you use to replace it?

    Elected Official?

    Doge?

    Thief?

    Crook?

    Power mad tyrant?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 6:58 AM PST
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  3. Pleated Pants Forever Inactive
    Pleated Pants Forever

    Fake John Galt:

    MLH:What are you use to replace it?

    Elected Official?

    Doge?

    Thief?

    Crook?

    Power mad tyrant?

    Need something that is pithy and rolls easily off the tongue. My vote is “tax payer subsidized temporary functionary”

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:05 AM PST
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  4. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    Pleated Pants Forever:

    Fake John Galt:

    MLH:What are you use to replace it?

    Elected Official?

    Doge?

    Thief?

    Crook?

    Power mad tyrant?

    Need something that is pithy and rolls easily off the tongue. My vote is “tax payer subsidized temporary functionary”

    Except that they don’t do that last thing.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:11 AM PST
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  5. Pleated Pants Forever Inactive
    Pleated Pants Forever

    MLH:

    Pleated Pants Forever:

    Fake John Galt:

    MLH:What are you use to replace it?

    Elected Official?

    Doge?

    Thief?

    Crook?

    Power mad tyrant?

    Need something that is pithy and rolls easily off the tongue. My vote is “tax payer subsidized temporary functionary”

    Except that they don’t do that last thing.

    Good point, better make it “tax payer subsidized temporary theoretical functionary”

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:13 AM PST
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  6. Mike H Coolidge

    “Wealth confiscating freedom disrupters?”

    Seriously, we pay them (or rather, they take from us) to tell us what to do. How crazy is that?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:21 AM PST
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  7. Songwriter Member
    Songwriter Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I prefer “blood-sucking leeches.”

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:30 AM PST
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  8. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Sort of unfair to leeches is it not?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:36 AM PST
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  9. Tuck Inactive

    An entirely fair point as concerns politicians, but I think it may be unfair in regard to police, fire-fighters, soldiers, etc.

    There are many individuals who are genuinely public servants, and put their lives on the line in the process—we should recognize them as encourage them, and not lump them in with the crooks unfairly.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:38 AM PST
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  10. Richard Young Inactive

    I had a similar reaction to “Public Service” posted on Ricochet in September.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:48 AM PST
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  11. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    It’s another hijack of the language. No one can honestly argue that politicians (and probably 99.9999% of bureaucrats) serve the public. They serve themselves. First. Foremost. Always. Every newly elected member of Congress should be assigned Kevin Williamson’s Welcome to the Machine as required reading each day for the first month in office with refresher readings of it to exceed no more than two weeks. The only other option is term limits. Limit each elected official to two terms: one in office and one in prison.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:52 AM PST
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  12. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Reagan
    GLDIII Temporarily Essential Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The King Prawn:It’s another hijack of the language. No one can honestly argue that politicians (and probably 99.9999% of bureaucrats) serve the public. They serve themselves. First. Foremost. Always. Every newly elected member of Congress should be assigned Kevin Williamson’s Welcome to the Machine as required reading each day for the first month in office with refresher readings of it to exceed no more than two weeks. The only other option is term limits. Limit each elected official to two terms: one in office and one in prison.

    Prawn

    I thought this is already the standard for Illinois, just ask Pleated Pants he live in that nefarious corner of the midwest….

    III

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    • December 31, 2014, at 8:08 AM PST
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  13. Brian Clendinen Member
    Brian Clendinen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I prefer the term public whores because calling them our public slave masters would be culturally insensitive to Pinkos everywhere.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 10:11 AM PST
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  14. JoelB Member

    KP #11. I reject term limits. Elected officials should be sent to prison as often as necessary.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 10:16 AM PST
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  15. Jordan Inactive

    MLH:What are you use to replace it?

    Elected Official?

    Doge?

    I’d call them Doges, but only if we could pay them in Dogecoin, of course.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 10:19 AM PST
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  16. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    Jordan Wiegand:

    MLH:What are you use to replace it?

    Elected Official?

    Doge?

    I’d call them Doges, but only if we could pay them in Dogecoin, of course.

    ( What is that leads me to think they pronounce that “doggie coin”?) And then devalue it ’til the cows come home!

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    • December 31, 2014, at 10:46 AM PST
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  17. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk and Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    MLH:What are you use to replace it?

    If elected, the word is “politician”.

    If unelected, the word is “bureaucrat”.

    If unelected and unemployed, the word is “community organizer”.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 10:59 AM PST
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  18. TeamAmerica Member
    TeamAmerica Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Bureaucratic Parasites?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:38 PM PST
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  19. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I say “public servant” works as long as the sneer quotes are included.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:46 PM PST
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  20. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk and Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    TeamAmerica:Bureaucratic Parasites?

    Parasitic bureaucrats.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:47 PM PST
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  21. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Politicians and bureaucrats don’t tend to be called “public servants” when they’re being led away in shackles. It’s more a term that comes out of their own mouths, or their supports’ mouths, when they’re running for re-election or justifying the wholesale takeover of the economy.

    If they put the phrase “self-serving public servant” in front, it would be more apt. Honesty might even win a few votes.

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    • January 1, 2015, at 3:24 PM PST
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  22. E. Kent Golding Member

    Public Servants Service the Public like a Bull Services a Cow.

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    • January 1, 2015, at 6:17 PM PST
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  23. Stephen Hall Inactive

    I once heard a former Speaker of the House of Commons (UK) refer to career politicians as ‘creeps, freaks and megalomaniacs’.

    That sort of rolls off the tongue.

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    • January 1, 2015, at 7:03 PM PST
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