Little B, big A

People with little brain and big aspirations follow a predictable pattern of behavior. They bully or coerce. The question is why this common behavior often goes unrecognized for a long time. And the answer, I think, is because we tend to focus on or get distracted by the effects and the affected, rather than the perps. Then we go into compensatory mode instead of simply imposing restraints and stopping the bully in his tracks.

Or perhaps we even conclude that all talk, no action is not so bad. Which would be true if it were not for the triangulators just waiting to do the dirty deeds at the bully’s command.

For the record on FOIA in Glynn County, Georgia

All across the country, public servants, both elected and appointed, are inventing ever more creative ways to avoid having their work products inspected. One suspects they hold “workshops” on the topic at their various “professional” conferences.

FOIA requests, which in Georgia are referred to as GORA requests persuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, are not appreciated. Although almost every budget request for Information Technology “improvements” is premised on the promise of making information more readily accessible and reduce red tape, that is not the end result. Information is power and power is what our petty potentates guard jealously.

That the people govern is not readily accepted. After all “representative government” is really but a vestige of in loco parentis in disguise.

So, herewith I provide an example to make a record. If the message does not register, eventually it will be necessary to resort to legal action.

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The Lib and the Con

They are distinguished by their preconceived notions. The Con or authoritarian person is convinced that the individual must be positively directed, if he is not to go wrong. In other words, the individual cnnot be trusted to his own devices.

That this preconceived notion is consistent with a desire to give orders may be intentional or accidental. In any event, the authoritarian is content to give orders without worrying about their effect. Indeed, many an authoritarian has no interest nterest at all in consequence. GivIng orders and being personally agreed with is often enough, regardless od any follow through. You coukd say the Con is into personal relatins in a big way. Schmoozing and gossip are his M.O. The socializing has no goal.

The Lib, on the other hand, operates from the preconceived notion that individuals are entitled and able to do their own thing–that they are self-starters. Dorection comes into play only when behavior steps out of bounds and interferes with someone else. Where the authoritarian favors pro-active law enforcement, the Lib is “hands off.”

This turns out to be a big problem because it leaves the Cons in a sea of uncertainty. What will they do, if there is no-one to tell them what to do. Even worse, when Libs do tell them what to do and expect results, that ends up being wrong. Cons deliver nothing but agreement. Theirs is a mutual appreciation society. Libs withholding appreciatiOn is an insult.

So, how is one to win?