posted on May, 12 2011 @ 11:37 AM
I can accept that in principle, making a vocation or career out of serving the public trust can be the most important thing someone might aspire to.
As a politician, the president is properly posturing the role of 'idealized' government service.
But it seems a bit disingenuous to view that position negatively because of matters that are circumstantial. After all, the "job" (as opposed to
career) being important doesn't necessarily speak to how many of them there are. Nor does it mean that it's importance overshadows everything else
Sadly, I still remain skeptical of the presidents full understanding of the condition of the American population; but I think your analysis may be
overly harsh regarding the thought process behind this statement.
Politics and partisanship aside, serving one's country in it's most rarefied sense is important. As a child, I recall it being referred to as
"civic duty" and as I grew and studied, I recall learning of the efforts of ancient Chinese thinkers in the Han dynasty refining the idea of civil
service a few centuries before the common era.. They knew then (and made rules to maintain) that societal constructs are no way to choose those in
whom the trust of the people must reside. It was they who established for the first time that civil service to the people must go to the most
capable, not the aristocrats, or rich merchants who can afford to bribe their way in. In a relatively rare move, the ruling dynastic empire agreed
with this wisdom.
I want someone working for the government - not because it's some kind of 'gravy train' - but because they have a heartfelt desire to better the
country they serve, to defend her integrity, to maintain the ideals and principles we all want to be proud of. Just because celebrity politicians and
corporate lobbyists have forced a devolution of the system doesn't mean the government is bad or the people are bad. It's been exploited, yes.
But that does not mean it should be abandoned for more private interests to engage in governance for profit. It means that oaths of service and
promises of loyalty should have binding social value. It means that no amount of glitzy Madison Avenue/Hollywood productions and glamor should
outweigh the merits of the actions those who would serve have consequences, it means that commercial media, and commercial interests should never be
allowed to conceal or exaggerate reality for the purpose of molding opinion.
In this case, Obama is mostly right. Government jobs are vitally important..... how many of them there are, and the scope of their 'power' however,
is another matter entirely. One of which all three branches of the government are supposed to be stewards for the benefit of all Americans, and
frankly all people everywhere....
granted, that's just the opinion of a cynical idealist...