What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
Almost five years ago, CBS ran a story about a statement made by Donald Rumsfeld on the eve of what has become known the world over as 9/11.
On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference to announce that 2.3 trillion dollars were unaccounted for.
“According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions,” Rumsfeld admitted.
2.3. Trillion. That’s 2,300 billion. That’s 2,300,000 thousand. That’s a lot of money. Unaccounted for. Gone. Missing. Vanished. Thin air. Poof.
The article goes on to tell a similar story about how $300 million was unaccounted for, on a separate occasion, by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. A whistle-blowing employee recounted the experience:
“The director looked at me and said ‘Why do you care about this stuff?’ It took me aback, you know? My supervisor asking me why I care about doing a good job,” said Minnery.
He was reassigned and says officials then covered up the problem by just writing it off.
“They have to cover it up,” he said. “That’s where the corruption comes in. They have to cover up the fact that they can’t do the job.”
And that right there, ladies and gents, is our government. Three cheers for Uncle Sam!