A 12-step Program to American Recovery — Part IV

TwelveStepsThumb2by Deana Chadwell
Part IV – The Faceless, “Omnipotent” They • In previous sections of this series I’ve concentrated on what’s wrong with all of us – which is all we have real control over. This week I’ll get around eventually to picking on you and me, but I’m going to start with Them.

I’m really getting tired of these people, these people who run things. I’m even more tired of the rest of us letting them. They have power over the most important parts of our lives, yet They are a creepy, shadowy lot. Some who run for office show us their official faces, but Barack Obama, A.K.A Barry Soetoro, for instance, is still a mystery. Some, like Ben Bernanke, land fairly public jobs, but mostly They skulk around in marble-walled offices turning the tumblers on bank vaults. Now and then we learn the names of the scientists who make major “discoveries,” but rarely do They come out from behind those white coats. Who are those guys inventing more deadly forms of bird flu?

They come in 3 categories – the political They, the financial They, and the scientific They; the scary thing is that these three groups have joined forces in an unholy trinity that doesn’t care about the rest of us. They are just faceless enough and powerful enough to fool us into thinking They are God. They aren’t.

The political They operate in Washington, but not just in the halls of Congress, not just in the White House, not just on the Supreme Court. They fill all those federal office buildings. They actually write those monstrous bills that Congress passes without reading. They work for the EPA and make up the rules as They go. They man the computers at the IRS. They add up the numbers at the Congressional Budget Office. They will sit on the Obamacare death panels. They enjoy pulling your strings, nudging you into the behaviors They want. They find that their jobs are easier if They ignore the Constitution and lie frequently. They are very sure that the ends justify the means. Most of them were not elected, yet They have nearly life-or-death power over us.

The financial They too haunt the halls of government, and visit the White House at will, but we also know They reside at the Federal Reserve, at the big banking institutions, on Wall Street and in countries all over the world. They run the big unions and sit in corporate offices. They are even more anonymous than the political guys, and being the money people, They are more powerful. They enjoy manipulating your property, your income, your savings; they don’t care about you. Pictures of George Soros and Andy Stern keep blocking my vision here, but there are many others just like them.

The third They, the scientific They, have roots woven tightly into the other two groups —They need money for their research and often operate at federally funded universities. This group of They’s includes the soft, hard, and pseudo scientists. They will discover whatever They are allowed to discover, whatever They are paid to discover. They fudge tests results, and ostracize those who disagree with their conclusions. The global warming “consensus” comes to mind, as does the academic precariousness of biologists who question Darwinian evolution. They have their fingers in medicine, nutrition, and ecology. We are going to rob thousands of people of good, family-supporting jobs, and the nation of a plentiful energy source because some government-paid scientists have expressed concern about the ecological impact of the Keystone pipeline. They have had a blast scaring the Western world into believing that we, with our heavy carbon footprints, are all evil, and that our planet is doomed. If we believe them, we are doomed.

Oddly enough, a great many people seem to be OK with Them. Way too many of us think They have super-human, totally benign, powers. How often have you thought, or heard someone say, “Oh, They won’t let that happen.” Really? How exactly will They do that?

You see, here’s the problem: They have power, but it is only human power – though I often wonder if their power source doesn’t run a little deeper than that, if you get my drift. They are, for the most part, not any smarter than we are. Brilliance is widely distributed in our society; it turns up everywhere – I’ve had those kids in my classes; I have brilliant friends and relatives. The They’s are not at all more creative or innovative than the rest of us. Not to sound disrespectful, but holding down a bureaucratic government job, counting federal beans, or watching test tubes do what they do are none of them outside-the-box endeavors. We shouldn’t be relying on these people to conjure up miraculous solutions to the mess that They created.

List one innovative idea to come from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or John Boehner, for that matter. How clever do you have to be to think life oozed into existence “on the backs of crystals,” or arrived here on spaceships? On a scale of 1-10 how original is Al Gore? And just to be balanced here – how bright an idea was the McCain-Feingold election reform fiasco? Who are the faceless, but powerful morons who thought political correctness would solve social problems? Remember Rep. Hank Johnson (D. Georgia) who thought that the population distribution on Guam would make the island tip over? Yikes.

I’m a bit cranky about this one, but I’m really fed up with (no pun intended) the mindless trust we place on the They’s. The next time you hear yourself say, “They all say that you shouldn’t eat meat, “ or “ They did studies that prove that cutting the rainforest will turn chicken eggs purple,” or “ They’ll fix Social Security by the time I need it,” clap your hand over your mouth and pray for forgiveness.

They are not going to solve our problems. Not only are They not capable, They don’t want to. Our problems = their power. They don’t want to fix anything. And, haven’t you noticed that every time we elect some hotshot to ride into Washington on a white horse it takes very little time for him to become one of Them?

If we are to save this great nation we each have to shoulder the job. The job is to connect with God as we never have before – I’ll write on that one of these days. We need to pray and do it well and often; God can solve our problems.

We have to use language precisely and honestly, stop blaming others for our problems, and quit thinking that laws will solve them (see Parts 1-3). And let’s keep our eyes on Them. They are not up to any good.

Part I – Calling a Spade
Part II – The Specter of Sigmund and Ghosts of Christmas Past
Part III – There Oughttabea Law
Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.

Works Cited:  Eschenbach, Willis. “When Results Go Bad …”. Watts Up With That? November 29, 2009.  •  Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed. Dir. Nathan Frankowski. Perf. Ben Stein. Premise Media Corp. 2008.  •  Wilkie, Christina. “Rep. Hank Johnson: Guam could ‘tip over and capsize‘”. The Washington Scene. The Hill. March 31. 2010. • (1713 views)

Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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9 Responses to A 12-step Program to American Recovery — Part IV

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Back around 2000, I came up with (more as a giggle than anything else) my own explanation for Revelation, with the various beasts representing organizations (for example, the “number of the beast” would represent 666 specific individuals) that push the far-left agenda. This included political/cultural/academic figures as well as scientists. (I saw Bill Clinton as the Great Whore of Babylon.) It’s an example of what the SF writer Harry Turtledove, in some of his books, refers to as “fooling on the level” — a fiction that expresses an essential truth at its core.

  2. That must have been a fun read — publish it again; sounds even more relevant today. d

  3. Kung Fu Zu says:

    Too many in society view science and scientists with an aura of infallibility. Furthermore, they see scientists as angelic beings motivated only by the search for “truth”. The real picture is much more complicated.

    Science and scientists have brought about wonderful advances for all of humanity. But in getting there, not all scientific claims or scientists have been correct or particularly honest.

    One only has to recall the rather sordid fight between Gallo and several French researchers in trying to claim rights to having discovered the HIV/AIDS virus. In the end it was mainly about money and vanity.

    Dr. Mann’s infamous “Hockey Stick” graph is another example of why the public must be careful in believing everything they hear or read in the media.

    Even more egregious are the numerous “medical studies” which are foisted on the public as “received” science and are nothing more than slip-shod reports which were instigated in order to make a lot of money or to further someone’s “scientific” (read political) credentials.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      During the Clinton era, the CDC issued a statement that violence was basically a disease spread by bullets. On that basis, Jack the Ripper and Ted Bundy were not violent criminals, and even pistol-whipping isn’t violent if the pistol doesn’t have any bullets. I’ve regarded them ever since as politicians in scientific clothing — like the CAGW alarmists (such as Mann and Hansen). These days, I’m increasingly skeptical about overeducated specialists of all sorts, since so many expose themselves as liberals and thus more concerned about political advantage than anything else (including their nominal professions).

      • Kung Fu Zu says:

        Apparently, many do not understand that scientists are motivated by the same emotions and issues as everyone else. They are not some glorious vanguard of knights thinking only of the good of humanity.

        All human activity must be viewed with a certain degree of skepticism. Particularly activity which has the potential to affect large numbers of people.

        • I don’t worry as much about scientists and their personal political views as I do about how their research was funded. Scientists have to eat to and they want to do science and science is expensive; I worry about the agenda of those footing the bill.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Deana, I would very much worry about those scientists. As Mr. Kung said, they are not the glorious vanguard of knights thinking only of the good of humanity.

            As the otherwise brilliant Andrew McCarthy did not understand about the whole NSA issue of recent memory, there is an instilled bureaucracy (and value system) in America’s vital institutions, choke points, and, well, just the bureaucracy at large. And it would do ourselves good to understand that these institutions are not necessarily self-correcting. This is what the subversion of our country means. It means that there are enough people running around with other agendas, particularly agendas that sneer at the very idea of institutional integrity.

            Yes, scientists want to do science. But they are no longer a bulwark against the intrusion of zealousness. That is the profound fact of the West right now and why the global warming scam has carried on as long as it has. Yes, there is money in it. But more than that, there is ideology in it, an ideology that has corrupted the search for truth.

            Along with journalism and the education system, much of science has whored itself to the Left.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              I’m not sure its fair to say that “science” has done so. Certainly there are many scientists who openly express skepticism about CAGW, for example, even famous ones such as the Princeton physicist Freeman Dyson as well as a sizable number of climatologists (many of whom have paid a price for their skepticism).
              But there certainly are an awful lot of corrupted scientists, and comparing them to prostitutes is quite fair. Liberalism is full of such prostitutes, and not just in science.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                To some extent, science has always been corrupted by human nature. I’m sure you’ve read of some of the scientific rivalries and conceits that led to obvious facts being ignored because of sheer ego, power, and petulance, and long before Karl Marx was ever seen in the glint of his parent’s eyes.

                That said, I’m not really sure where the tipping point of science is. Certainly it still produces good things in the private sphere such as with technological development. But more and more the choke points of science (the various publications and even pop magazines such as ‘Discover’) are given over to Leftism, not science.

                As Dennis Prager notes, everything the Left touches, they make worse. This obviously includes science. Hopefully Leftism is not irrevocable. But right now it is often more influential than actual scientific data, particularly the kinds of data that intersect with, or influence, public policy.

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