- Posted October 2, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
The Paradigm Has Changed
I began my public service as a newly minted Personnel Intern in excess of 42 years ago. My career allowed me to pursue assignments in 10 States and over 17 years in Europe. Due to a resolute belief that my work made a difference to the world that my children and family and friends inhabited, I worked long hours received above average compensation and was often convinced I was on a noble journey.
I have served through the extremes of price and wage controls, Iran hostage crisis, Vietnam, shutdowns and furloughs. At a moment in time, as yet to be determined my value to my Country became one of vilification lack of respect and worse a mere pawn in the new game of "Parochial Politics".
I do not deceive myself nor do I fail to recall past disagreements among the 2 parties. However, back in the day, I always had this profound feeling that my Congress would set aside differences and "just do what was in the best interests of the country".
Sadly, those days have passed away. The death of the Art of Compromise has empowered politicians to do what is their own selfish interest. They use hackneyed phrases which give the audience the words of yesteryear which we all yearn to hear. However, their actions do not equal the noble cause of doing the right thing at the right time.
Is this breed of 21st century politicians a creation and worse, a symbolic representation of our people? Or did our politicians create the polarization which is fashionable today? A tautological argument at best. The equivalent of agreeing upon the best Centerfielder of all time or the best quarterback etc. The consequences of that debate are rather trivial. However, juxtapose that activity into the world we live in and one can easily deduce why we fail to agree on anything. It's as if we conclude there really is no such thing as the morally and ethically right way to do anything.
If you believe in a woman's right to abortion, you are demonized. If you do not believe in abortion you are demonized. If you believe in Government helping those in need you are considered soft on the hard nosed principles which made this country the best there is. If you do not believe in universal health care you are a shining example of the character which built this great nation.
I am terribly disappointed that the 42 years (and still serving), have not made any difference. I now view my career in superficial terms. How much did I achieve that was of benefit to me and my immediate family. I no longer wear rose colored glasses and ask the same question which a young girl named Virginia asked 70 years ago, "Dear sir, my friends say that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. IS that true?" I am convinced she would receive a rather sobering reply in these times of turmoil. Believe what you will I no longer have a noblesse oblige'.
I only ask each of our elected officials to respond to the inspirational call which JFK immortalized. Ask yourself if you are doing what you can for this country to remain that beacon of hope and model of inspiration, or are you raising doubts in the minds of millions of people around the globe? If this is what a representative form of democracy looks like then why would they want to emulate us.
Please lead others throughout the world to strive for democracy through your actions.
Sign me out as a "lost faith" public servant who will always be proud of being fortunate enough to be born in America but is yearning for the day when we act with purpose and bipartisanship.