The Colonel #89 The Decline and Fall of Meritocracy
“It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.” ~ Petrarch
This year as we prepare to set our clocks ahead an hour, with the other hand we are turning the calendar back several decades. We are abandoning the ideal of merit-based promotion in favor of the old inequalities we once tried to destroy.
Now, we are going to undo racism and sexism by employing racism and sexism. I guess you could call it fighting fire with fire, but in the end, everything is still burning, and ashes are our only inheritance.
Merit will always be the chief cornerstone of equality, the recognition of deeds always greater than the accident of birth. That is true no matter what we choose to practice in our personal lives or national conduct. The fact that things have not always been equal, or fair should be an inspiration to make it so not an excuse to continue to go astray.
That was the American ideal, taught by my parents and teachers when I was young. Of course, that was a different America and we have left that vision far behind for what amounts to a policy of revenge.
In this modern America, we have returned to awarding jobs and awards, choosing judges, and deciding a person’s worth based upon color, gender, and sexual preference. I doubt the idea of merit ever once entered Brandon’s mind when selecting his Cabinet. It certainly didn’t in his choice for a Supreme Court Justice.
Back in April of 2021, NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk stated that “The president’s FY 2022 discretionary funding requests keeps NASA on the path to landing the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon under the Artemis program.”
Biden specifically forbids white men from qualifying for the moon shot in the name of equality. Of course, “equality” is a misnomer, but that kind of subtlety is lost on Brandon, even if it’s not on the media. The appropriate phrase is “equity of outcome”.
White men have been to the Moon, so none should be allowed to go back until everyone else has had a chance to go—equity of outcome. America has never had a transexual Cabinet Secretary—oh, let’s have one!
For me, this is much to do about nothing. Merit doesn’t really matter. It’s not like we elect the most qualified person to be President.
Sic Semper Tyrannis.