Open Forum: A soulless joke

Posted: June 11, 2014

Dear Sen. Warner:

I can't blame you for being thrown by The Winchester Star’s use of the phrase “Gadarene rush”; it is a bit obscure. That’s the fun of such terms, though, they get attention. And, in your case, you're right, you were not one to rush judgment. Especially, as you revealed in your letter, you’ve known about the disastrous Veterans Administration system since 2009, when you had to get your staff personally involved in at least 3,000 cases of vet neglect.

Of course, if you were in better touch with veterans, you’d have known the VA was a joke long before 2009. I’ve known since 1975, when I joined the USAF. Most of us in the military regard the VA as roach hotels: You can check in, but you don’t check out. That does not apply to individual VA facilities, some of which are outstanding — like the one in Martinsburg, W.Va. — but to the VA medical system.

It is a bureaucracy, a soulless one dedicated to employee comfort more than vet health. Vets are an inconvenience in the VA system. People of any kind are an inconvenience in any top-down, centrally planned, bureaucratic system that relies on internally generated statistics to gain pay raises, funds, and bonuses (Bonuses? In a government agency? Really?).

And that’s where your letter falls short, because it proceeds from a false premise — that central planning and bureaucracy is a good thing. I don’t know how much more proof you and your fellow government elites need to understand that relegating human life to a legislative, administrative process is completely unworkable.

Medicare, Social Security, Fannie and Freddie, etc., ad nauseam, ad infinitum, are unmitigated failures, unmitigated disasters that have ruined the economy, impoverished millions, and enervated the American people. Yet, you and your fellow planners persist in championing “innovative programs.” God save us from any more innovative programs.

It’s apparent you haven’t caught on yet, and never will. You’re too enamored of Great Society theory, and that is a huge problem for us commoners because you drain our wallets while you tinker uselessly with the VA and all the other jerry-rigged, Rube Goldberg government systems. The only solution is to replace you with someone who believes the individual is more important than the mass, that natural law trumps the statutory, and government is, at its very best and most efficient, just a necessary, annoying evil, grudgingly allowed and severely restricted. That’s going to be tough, because there's not a lot of politicians available today who believe in all that.

Certainly no one in your party.

Dwight Allen resides in Winchester.