There’s a quote from the unremarkable 1992 movie Glengarry Glen Ross that has always lingered with me. In it salty salesman Richard Roma advises office manager John Williamson of the latter’s role in their mutual enterprise.
Roma: What you are hired for is to help us…does that seem clear to you? To HELP US, not to FUCK US UP. To help those who are going out there trying to earn a living, you fairy. You company man.
Upon reflection, I can not recall this specific guidance being explicitly articulated to the stewards of our governments and institutions. As such, it occurs that many attributions of malice and venality may actually lie at the feet of mere ignorance. How can a government minister or secretary be expected to faithfully execute duties of which they were never informed? We only pompously presume they know to toil on our behalf rather than, say, that of chittering Somalis. But has anyone actually passed the message to our functionaries?
Apparently the people of Zwickau, Germany have contemplated the same questions, and subsequently came prepared to provide answers and more to German Minister of Justice Heiko Maas. You will recall Mr. Maas previously opining that the New Years Eve Rape of Cologne was the result of…sexist advertisements. That’s right, go ahead and offer a competing theory on those unfortunate transgressions. We here at the German Justice Ministry are eager to record your name, address, and opinion.
Well he’s in luck, because opinions were thick in the air as Heiko mounted the lecturn at Zwickau. Sentiments from the audience were expressed with a vigor that usually puts canny tyrants on private jet departures. If this is a reflection of common Teutonic attitudes, Merkel better tighten her Saracen guard.
You leftist rat!
Maas must go!
Traitor of the people!
Enough is enough!
And with a sniff of upturned nose, Maas turned on a heel and marched with his security phalanx to an armored Mercedes. In which he promptly sped away from the graceless scrum of proles who are good for very little besides subsidizing his sinecure.
Whether or not he absorbed Richard Roma’s advice on public service is a question that probably won’t be revealed before his show-trial. But until that process of civilizational hygiene commences, I’ll just remind all of our readers in high office: What you are hired for is to help us…does that seem clear to you?