We ought to recognize the most egregiously stupid things said and done by public officials or public agencies–because, after all, they’re doing it on our dime.
So is born the “Greegie,” a formal recognition by this blog of clueless arrogance in government. To win a Greegie, the person or agency must display towering stupidity: ordinary tom-fool dopiness just won’t cut it.
And the winner of our First Official Greegie Award is…
The Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia, a man named Keith Archer, for this gem of buffoonery which has been shown on TV as a public service announcement. Please bear in mind that the job of the Chief Electoral Officer is “the fair, impartial, and efficient administration of provincial elections.”
The message is entitled, “How Old Do You Have To Be To Vote?” Here is the complete text, with our comments in brackets and italics:
There’s an election coming; and some people still ask: “How old do you have to be to vote in BC?”
Well, it’s when you’re old enough to want to pitch in…[What about if you want to pitch things out? Starting with Dr. Archer, perhaps.]
When you’re wise enough to know it takes a community to raise a child. [That makes you “wise”? This is what comes out of the microscopic bubo of tissue that serves this official as a brain. If you can’t think of a dozen people in your community whom you most emphatically don’t want coming anywhere near your child, let alone “raising” your child for you, you don’t think at all.]
It comes when you’ve been in BC long enough to know that it’s special… but delicate. [Whatever the dickens that means. Your guess is as good as mine.]
It’s when you’re old enough to value a just society… and it’s when you’re young enough that your best still lies ahead of you… [Boy, do you have to watch your paycheck whenever somebody like this uses the words “just” or “justice”! Or maybe this is yet another sentence utterly devoid of meaning. It would seem Dr. Archer’s “best” probably lies several centuries in the future.]
Oh–and you have to be 18. [He finally gets around to answering the question.]
Runner-up was whatsisname, the mouthpiece for Obama, who laughed off Benghazi by saying “it happened a long time ago.” Eight months. This from the ninnies who talk about slavery like it was still there when they went to bed last night.
Nominations for Greegies may be made by visitors to this blog at any time, simply by adding a comment to whatever article you happen to be reading. I’ll see it, and I’ll do the rest. Maybe at the end of the year I’ll be able to award a Grand Greegie.