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October 24, 2007


Apparatchiki and our Soviet Commissariat Government

Below is my take on Steve's Benen's (Carpetbagger 10.24.07) report that the White House eviscerated the draft of Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prior to her testifying before a Senate panel yesterday on the impact of climate change on public health. References to potential health risks were removed; one CDC official said, and details on how many people might be adversely affected because of global warming were deleted.

In reference to the nature of the persons who now control what we may hear from government employed experts in various fields I offer the Wikipedia definition for apparatchik.

---Members of the “apparat” were frequently transferred between different areas of responsibility, usually with little or no actual training for their new areas of responsibility. Thus, the term apparatchik, or “agent of the apparatus” was usually the best possible description of the person’s profession and occupation.

The term was usually associated with a specific (political or social) mindset, attitude and appearance of the person; when used by “outsiders”, it often bore derogatory connotations.

It is also frequently used to describe individuals appointed to positions in any government on the basis of ideological or political loyalty rather than competence.---

In America, previously the land of the free and the brave, science is now vetted by political apparatchiks, health care, military matters, economic matters and child welfare, ditto. We have a functioning secret police apparatus via electronic spying and recording. Connect the dots and call it what it is.

We are living under an unfolding Soviet style form of government.

Craig Johnson

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Unfolding? It seems to have unfolded.

This is just another outrage, heaped upon all the other outrage.

I do not even know what else to say.

I am furious.
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