My greatest struggle in writing an ethics blog is to flag unethical conduct without sliding into political commentary. Explaining why Barack Obama is an atrocious and unethical leader need not involve political commentary, but many people assume that any criticism of political figures or their policies are partisan and political. Now take the Affordable Care Act (Please!)—I have never argued pro or con about its substance. It’s the lousy ethics I care about. I object to the lying, the undemocratic way it was debated and passed, the incompetence of Congress voting for a huge and expensive bill no members read, the dishonesty of the title, the fact that it does not address the unsustainable rise in health care costs, the unethical manner in which the news media lobbied for it, the unconstitutional way that flaws in the law have been “fixed” by executive fiat rather than by the legislature, the irresponsible debt the program will require, the incompetence of administering it…these are ethical issues, not political. It is the great weakness of party loyalty that these are not recognized as non-partisan issues. Democrats should be as concerned about lying to get a progressive program passed as a conservative program.
Avoiding politics becomes even harder when I am confronted with a mind-blowing*example of ideological insanity like the Energy Department’s Energyween.gov page. It isn’t just that everything about it is ridiculous. The problem is that it is ridiculous, sinister, and exemplifies the left’s accelerating fondness for the methods and attitudes of totalitarian regimes, including the attempted infantilization of citizens, and a fondness for indoctrination. Some forms of government are unethical as well as unwise, among them being totalitarianism and socialism.
On Energyween, the celebration of Halloween, an activity that the government should not have any part in, is transformed into a something resembling an Obama Youth exercise with what is supposed to be a light-hearted tone, perhaps to put readers off the track. It seems to be an attempt to hijack Halloween and make it a political exercise, taking the holiday away from children and exploiting them for a political agenda. The Obama Administration has done this before, with its directive to true believers to use Thanksgiving to push Obamacare. That was despicable. This is much worse. Or perhaps much stupider. It’s hard to tell, as you will see.
Here are suggested designs for pumpkin carving, for example…
The site includes “five easy-to-make, energy-themed costumes.” Now let me anticipate the rebuttal, which is, “Come on! Where’s your sense of humor? This is obviously a joke.” Really? For whom? The page is childish indeed—go ahead, tell me about all those 8 year-olds who go to government websites for a chuckle. If it is designed for children, it is designed to indoctrinate children. It reads like something a conservative satirist would create for savvy adults to ridicule environmentalists. Is the Energy Department mocking its own policies? Did the Department pay staffers exorbitant salaries to design content knowing that no one would take it seriously? What sense does that make? I don’t believe it, even in this deranged and inept administration.
In the alternative, is the Department serious? Identify, please, any responsible justification for spending one penny of taxpayer dollars on 1) a satire page on an Energy Department website, 2) a children’s page on an Energy Department website, or 3) a website dedicated to moving Americans toward energy-themed pumpkins, an annual celebration of “Energyween,” and this…(an excerpt only…my comments in italics)…
“5 Energy Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Home”
“Halloween may be dark and spooky, but you can bring some (renewable) energy to the party as a sleek, shiny photovoltaic solar panel. Just cover the cardboard with cellophane, secure the edges with duct tape, draw on a grid of silver contacts, and presto! You’re a critical piece of America’s clean energy future and the fight against climate change. Wear your sunglasses at night for added sustainable swagger, but please, resist the urge to climb onto any rooftops.”
So your child can look like this…
“Show everyone how big a fan you are of our nuclear physics-loving, Iran Deal-explaining, classically coiffed Secretary of Energy by dressing up as Ernest Moniz, Ph.D., this Halloween. The hair is key here — but don’t forget your copy of the Quadrennial Energy Review, the nation’s roadmap to a smarter, more secure and more competitive energy future.”
So you can be the envy of all your Halloween party companions by looking like this...
“You’ll be a smashing success at your next Halloweenergy party with this atomic outfit! Run blinking LED piping along a hula-hoop and attach some suspenders, decorate your black turtleneck with quarks, bosons and neutrinos, and BAM! You’re a particle accelerator! Light up the dance floor as your moves simulate the chaos of the universe moments after the Big Bang — much like Energy Department scientists are doing at Fermilab, Brookhaven Lab and SLAC.”
Here’s the result…I can’t look at it, or I won’t be able to finish the post..
Or more accurately,
What the HELL is going on here?
I honestly am at a loss to explain it. Some suggestions..
A. It represents a new high in government arrogance, mocking its own policies and the fanaticism of its political base in the assumption that its zombie-like supporters will accept anything.
B. The government believes that the public is made up of gullible idiots.
C. A few interns ran amuck, but because no Obama agencies are supervised, this slipped through.
D. It is an attempt to politicize Halloween.
E. Someone really thinks kids will read this crap or that parents will make their kids dress as wind turbines.
F. The Obama Administration has finally gone stark raving mad.
You know, I loathe Michael Savage, and long believed that his book’s title, “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder,” was itself a totalitarian tactic from the right. This webpage makes me wonder, though.
No matter which of the above are the real explanation, one thing is certain. It is outrageous that tax-payer funds are wasted this way, and terrifying that anyone in power believes that this is a valid use of government personnel and resources.
Graphic: Fox News