Monday, March 16, 2009

Rate Your Employees

Let’s face it folks, we have been too lax with our employees, the people we send to Washington to conduct our national affairs for us. How about a uniform annual review?

I suggest we use the standards for non commissioned officers in the US Army. These are simple values, applicable to a wide spectrum of American citizens. As the Dept. of Defense instructions explain,
“Values tell us what we need to be, every day in every action we take. Army values form the identity of America’s Army, the solid rock upon which everything else stands. They are the glue that binds us together as members of a noble profession. They make the whole much greater than the sum of the parts. They are non negotiable: they apply to everyone all the time and in every situation.”

1. Loyalty: bears true faith and allegiance to the US Constitution, the Army, the unit, and other soldiers
2. Duty: Fulfills their obligations
3. Respect: Treats people as they should be treated
4. Selfless Service: Puts the welfare of the Nation, the Army and subordinates before their own
5. Honor: Lives up to all the Army values
6. Integrity: Does what is right, legally and morally
7. Personal Courage: Faces fear, danger, or adversity (physical and moral)

This is what we demand of the people who risk their lives for fairly low pay and few perks in order to protect us. Why not expect at least as much as the ones in Washington, who take cushy jobs, employ large staffs, enjoy lots of perks, and earn around $174,000 a year?

For example, how many Congressmen and Senators would fail at bearing true faith in the Constitution? According to legal experts at Powerline, the recently passed Omnibus bill has at least one blatantly unconstitutional provision in it. Does that suggest that the 245 Representatives and 62 Senators who for voted for it should be put out of office?

How do your senators and your representative score in this rating form for corporals? Not many would stay in office if we got serious about expecting good government from our government employees. I say it’s time to quit shrugging our shoulders, raise a ruckus, and kick all the moral pygmies out of office. We’ve got about a year and a half to find and elect some replacements.

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