Monday, October 30, 2006

It’s the system, stupid

The problem: public service does not serve public interests. Instead, public service serves private and personal interests. In so far as it is corrupt to use the power given to public servants for any interest except the public interest; the failure to serve the public interest is the manifestation of corruption and incompetence among public servants.

There are those who believe that the problem can be solved by electing a particular candidate or slate of candidates. The underlying contradiction that utterly destroys that belief, is the two hundred years of history leading up to a system that still enables corruption and incompetence. It is naïve to expect that the system can be fixed by electing a particular candidate or slate of candidates. It has been suggested that proof of insanity lies in doing the same thing over and over and over, and expecting a different result.

Imagine rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Imagine rearranging public servants. What is the difference?

Honest accountability to a meaningful standard of conduct is the only defense against corruption and incompetence. It is the perfect defense. Honest accountability is fatal to corruption and incompetence. It is that fact that accounts for the fact that those who benefit from corruption and incompetence never have and never will, provide honest accountability for their (mis)conduct.

The public cannot expect to change the system through intermediaries. It has not happened. It is not happening. It will not happen.

There is an opportunity for the public to change the system without depending on intermediaries; an opportunity to directly affect (change) the system.

There is a small group of elected officials in their version of the Titanic. It is possible to throw them and their lawyers, out of the boat. It is possible to take command of the boat and plug the leak in the hull. It is the time and the place for mutiny.

The axis of the APS Board, Superintendent, and Modrall, are opponents of honest accountability in their public service. Their position is indefensible. Their only defense is provided by the local media, primarily the Albuquerque Journal and Tribune, who have helped them suppress the truth about the APS Ethics Scandal.

If the story can be made public, even against the manifest will of the Journal and Tribune editors, those who have betrayed the public trust will be removed. They will be replaced by those who will hold themselves honestly accountable to a meaningful standard of conduct. They will be replaced by those who have the moral courage to provide for honest accountability; even against their will.

If only the scandal could be made public.

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