Stop VA Bureaucrats from Retaliating Against Veterans

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Jamie Fox
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Stop VA Bureaucrats from Retaliating Against Veterans

The primary reason VA bureaucrats and contractors are retaliating against veterans is because they have been unmasking administrative state despotism which is eroding our civil liberties and undermining the protective safeguards of our Constitution.

There is a very disturbing reason many veterans are afraid to complain or comment negatively about the VA; veterans fear retaliation. Veterans intimately know what happens when they point out an error, a problem, something that needs improvement, a systems failure, and even malfeasance. Veterans are often discredited, their concerns minimized and gaslighted, and labeled a problem maker. The defenses of the bureaucrats rise fast and into an impenetrable bulwark that allows for the twisting of the "system" to be in the favor of the administrative army.  Veterans who complain are sent on wild goose chases until they give up. Most veterans do not have the resources or capacity to fight the administrative state. A Veteran's congressional representatives do not even have the power to protect the veteran from the Beast the VA has become. The VA has taken on a life of it's own. Some VA bureaucrats even have the audacity to refer to the VA as the "Dragon."  The Dragon has the power to giveth and taketh away. Some embolden power hungry VA bureaucrats and contractors have touted "federal regulations reign supreme" and usurped over the domain of the state. 

In the Federalist Papers No. 51, James Madison, the architect of the Constitution and our fourth president, wrote that the human tendency to accumulate power required a government with checks and balances “…to control the abuses of government.”

The administrative state describes a form of government that uses an extensive professional class to provide oversight over government, the economy and society. It stands in stark contrast to a representative democracy with limited powers and reach. The Administrative state violates the constitutional principle of separation of powers, threatens civil liberties including the right to due process, and undermines the ability of citizens to have a meaningful say in politics and public policy. The administrative state empowers a distinct knowledge class to make important political and policy decisions, largely unchecked and unsupervised, at the expense of citizens' voting power and the power of the legislature and the judiciary. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs has turned into a delusional system best described by the Czech playwright (and later state president) Vaclav Havel (Vaclav Havel or Living in Truth; Vladislav, Jan; 1987) wrote, while the communist regime was still in power:

Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to persecute no one. It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing. Individuals need not believe all these mystifications, but they must behave as though they did, or they must at least tolerate them in silence, or get along well with those who work with them. For this reason, however, they must live within a lie. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them to have accepted their life with it and in it. For by this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfill the system, make the system, are the system. For the crust presented by the life of lies is made of strange stuff. As long as it seals off hermetically the entire society, it appears to be made of stone. But the moment someone breaks through in one place--a Solzhenitsyn--when a single person cries out, "The emperor is naked"--when a single person breaks the rules of the game, thus exposing it as a game [delusio!]--then the whole crust is exposed as a tissue on the point of tearing and disintegrating uncontrollably. 

Walter Wink (Engaging the Powers 1992; p. 98) wrote, "When anyone steps out of the system and tells the truth, lives the truth, that person enables everyone else to peer behind the curtain too. That person has shown everyone that it is possible to live within the truth, despite the repercussions. 'Living within the lie can constitute the system only if it is universal.' Anyone who steps out of line therefore 'denies it in principle and threatens it in its entirety....If the main pillar of the system is living a lie, then it is not surprising that the fundamental threat to it is living the truth.' That is why it must be suppressed more severely than anything else.

The VA “system” functions to service itself. In order to protect this delusional system and the stakeholders who are benefiting from it, anyone who allows the public to peer behind the curtain is silenced, which includes veterans, family members of veterans, and whistleblowers. 

p.99 [T]he Dragon's strategy is to eviscerate opposition by a sense of induced powerlessness. To accept its delusional assumptions is, in effect, to worship the Dragon, to hold its values as ultimate, to stake one's life on the permanence of its sway."

 “Who is like the Beast, and who can fight against it?” (Rev. 13:3-4)

 Obeisance to the Beast requires as its gesture a continuous shrug. “Who is like the Beast, and who can fight against it?” (shrug). “I just carried out my orders. If I hadn’t done so, someone else would have” (shrug). “I don’t enjoy the violence depicted in my company’s films, but this is what the public wants” (shrug). “If I didn’t fudge the numbers like my VA manager told me to, someone else would have done it.” (shrug) “There is nothing I can do as one person to stop the system from hurting veterans.” (shrug). “I didn’t want to follow those orders that caused harm to veterans but I was afraid I was going to lose my job and I have a family to feed.” (shrug). As R.D. Laing put it, “each person claims his own inessentiality.”

Veterans cannot do this alone. We need everyday heroes who have nothing to lose when confronting the "Dragon" and the Beast the VA has  become to take action. It appears the Administrative State has become more powerful than our 3 branches of government; many agency officials are not held accountable for even blatant malfeasance. 

Let Congress and the President know you will not tolerate VA bureaucrats retaliating against veterans for any reason.