November 22, 2010
Don't blame us! We're only doing our job!
Amazing as it may sound, the government is trying to get people to feel sorry for the TSA screeners.
"Our concern is that the public not confuse the people implementing the policies with the people who developed the policies," said Sharon Pinnock, the union's director of membership and organization.I love it.
"Don't blame me! I was just following orders!"
It would be nice if Ms. Pinnock could have at least provided a few names of those who deserve blame. As she says, "the people who developed the policies."
But of course, the "the people who developed the policies" are anonymous apparatchiks too.
Because they have created an insular and near-anonymous system, no one is really accountable and there is no one to blame -- as even members of Congress discovered when they tried ever so gently to ask TSA administrator John Pistole if he might consider backing off just a little.
In a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, November 17, TSA administrator John Pistole was pressed on changing security procedures in light of the continuing citizen revolt against TSA's increasingly heavy-handed Kabuki theater.Take Amtrak? How long do you think it will be before the mindless, unelected, nameless "they" who run our lives do the same thing with Amtrak and every other public conveyance?
Pistole, too, is only doing his job. He is a mere functionary, and he is as replaceable as any of the rest of them.
He is only obeying his orders!
We have this fiction going that the elected officials are "in charge." That myth placates the little people, until they see that it makes no difference who you voted for. There is no one to complain to, as it is now been carefully been built into the system that no one is responsible:
As the power of the technician waxes, that of the politician wanes, until he is little more than a rubber stamp.In the old days, people didn't go for that "just going my job" crap." They held the guys who did things to people responsible for their actions and they resorted to things like tar and feathers.
What else could they do? Petition King George? A lot of good that would have done.
Might as well petition Congress, which lacks the authority to petition John Pistole, because after all, he is only doing his job, and he really isn't ultimately in charge. (As to who really is in charge, they're anonymous as well as interchangeable, and for their own safety you little people have no right to know who or where they are.)
At least King George had authority. And because people knew who he was, he might have even been more accessible.
But don't misread me. I'm only commenting on the irony, not making the case for monarchy.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link, and a warm welcome to all.
Please bear in mind that I was not implying that TSA-dom is the moral equivalent of King George, because I think in some ways the present rulers are worse.(There is at least some comfort in knowing who is screwing you.)
Comments invited, agree or disagree.
posted by Eric on 11.22.10 at 09:24 PM
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