If the feds disrespect our military, then what of the rest of us?
Recently resurfacing and making the rounds via social media, a shocking discovery from back in 2011 — much more than shocking, actually, as the English language fails us in describing a moment like this — shows how Pentagon officials revealed that more than 274 troops’ remains have been disrespected and thrown in a landfill. Though the story is a few years old, it has new significance given the context of what the federal government should and should not be doing.
As for these 274 dumped in landfills, they are still heroes, even if some incompetent fools in the federal government failed them. These 274 people should still be known for something extraordinary: serving and giving everything for our freedom. These 274 people are siblings, children, fathers, mothers, friends, neighbors… even though they have been thrown in a landfill instead of given a proper ceremony.
There is no doubt that these are disgusting, sad, and unfathomable circumstances here and it occurs to me that if the federal government cannot be trusted with this small task, then how can we trust the feds with the many duties we have handed over to them? How can we trust the federal government, who we already know to give unacceptably inferior care to our heroes when it comes to mental health and medical treatment and who we know to abuse spying power under the cover of a monolithic “homeland security system,” to do much more complex and personal tasks like maintaining a nationalized healthcare system?
We already know the answer, and it’s been made glaringly clear to us again as we’ve seen the boondoggle that is the ObamaCare website and its cost
It’s time we recognize that the federal government is in too deep, and it’s dragging us with it. It’s time we recognize that the federal government is spread too thin, promising and reaching far too much while producing far too little in actual results. It’s time we turn back to the states and local communities to provide solutions. And it’s time we stop sending so much of our money and resources off to Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia.
I’m certain that
if when we do, we’ll still have states like California and New York, whose economies are such that they can provide for robust government spending (up to a certain extent). We’ll also likely have many states that rely on raw community power and private sector development (and we’ll see pros and cons with that). But we must turn away from this bloated federal government system where we outsource our challenges to a population of beltway power-brokers who don’t truly understand our local ethical expectations and needs. Then, and only then, can the federal government focus on what it was meant to do and do so with far less potential for more tragedies, scandals, and power-struggles.