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Mar-a-Lago Raid Underscores Urgency of Civil Service Reform

Posted on Friday, September 2, 2022
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Perhaps more than any other event in recent years, the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property has underscored the alarming degree to which federal law enforcement agencies and indeed the entirety of the federal bureaucracy have become in effect covert operatives for the Democrat Party. In another sign of this development, the same sort of radical racial and gender ideology which permeates HR briefings for new employees at McKinsey is now commonplace throughout the federal government. But while private companies still need to turn a profit, leading to the recruitment of at least a few employees who understand that the whole thing is nonsense, no such requirements restrain the tyranny of the woke mob inside federal agencies, vindicating Trump’s warnings about the rise of the “Deep State.”

Nowhere has the “wokeification” of the government been more evident than at the Department of State. Having already made the famed Foreign Service Officer Test a “pass-fail” component of hiring, where scores had little impact on decisions, the Department announced in April it was moving away from the test entirely. “The Foreign Service Officer Test served as a distorted barrier to entry to the foreign service and has never been a predictor of future job performance,” Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the State Department’s first “Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer” told the Senate, declaring that “This levels the playing field and allows the Department to examine more candidates from a wider variety of backgrounds.”

The Senate testimony of Abercrombie-Winstanely and Nenah Diallo, who became USAID’s first “Chief Diversity Officer” earlier this year, was both a horror show to anyone who cares about the effectiveness of the U.S. government or foreign policy and an educational experience in how we reached this point. Abercrombie-Winstanley explained how her first task was to create a diversity, equity, and inclusion working group, proudly telling the Senate that “Since its formation, we’ve compiled a demographic baseline of the entire Department of State by rank, job category, and bureau. With this established baseline we can evaluate the effectiveness of our initiatives and track our progress.”

Lest there be any doubt what is being tracked, it is not just the racial, gender, and social background of employees, but also their politics, namely their dedication to the religious ethos of “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility” (DEIA) principles. Abercrombie-Winstanley bragged how “Her office’s work has also led to the Department tying advancing DEIA to foreign service promotions and civil service performance evaluations.” In effect, she admits that promotions no longer depend on language skills, ability, or performance overseas, but how much one advances the goals of DEIA. Those goals include fighting “structural racism,” “gender binaries,” and other far-left buzz words. By definition, promotions will be awarded to those who pursue left-wing or Democrat goals, and denied to anyone who dissents, whether moderate 2000s-style Democrats or, God forbid, Republicans.

The results of this policy and others like it throughout the federal government will be predictable. Republicans, especially white or male ones, will be actively discriminated against in the hiring process. Conservatives of any background who make it through the screening, perhaps because they game the system, will be forced to either abandon their values or face open hostility from superiors. “To hold employees accountable for this, the Department has created a dedicated DEIA core precept for the Foreign Service and DEIA work elements for the Civil Service,” Abercrombie-Winstanley bragged. With advancement blocked, and their career reduced to a regularly scheduled series of meetings with Abercrombie-Winstanley’s team, the non-far left staff who sneak through the cracks will rapidly depart, leaving an ideologically homogenous civil service.

This hiring approach will undoubtedly create a bureaucracy which fails even left-wing governments. Biden, after all, probably would benefit from diplomats who could speak multiple languages or perform basic arithmetic. But any Republican administration, once elected, will face a Deep State entirely cleansed of even politically neutral voices.

Donald Trump’s presidency is one long illustration of the difficulties this dynamic presents, in which he faced a four-year long revolt against his authority from day one, with a vengeful Washington civil service pursuing him even after he left office and moved to Florida. While Trump took some action to remedy this problem when it came to hiring, it will take years of constant pressuring to change the inertia of the institutions this way. Real change would require empowering the administration to hold unelected bureaucrats accountable.

In the last days of the Trump administration, efforts were made in this direction. A new category of federal employee, Schedule F, was established under the principle that the President should have some say over the selection of at least those federal civil servants who are engaged in policy formation. Predictably, Trump’s move produced cries of outrage from a D.C. media closely linked to the civil service class, which suggested it was the prelude to a dictatorship, rather than an overdue effort to rein in a civil service which had been turned into a partisan weapon by Democrats.

Ultimately, there is value in a merit-based civil service including individuals of diverse backgrounds who can come together to advance the President’s agenda. But that does not exist, and maintaining the illusion that one does exist has already hampered one duly elected President and paved the way for an open campaign of terror to be waged against any civil servants who wish to simply perform their duties without paying tribute to the woke agenda.

The task of any future Republican administration is therefore two-fold. In the long-run, the goal should be to restore, rather than destroy the merit-based civil service, through hiring reforms such as those pioneered by the Trump administration and more recently in Florida under Governor Ron DeSantis. Ideally, any such reforms would also extend to higher education, perhaps through policies modeled on the United Kingdom’s proposed Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, which would allow universities to be sued if they fire academics for expressing their political views.

In the short run, however, a Republican President must engage with the bureaucracy as it exists, not as they wish it did. That means recognizing it as a tool of the left, and therefore intrinsically hostile to their agenda. That is where a policy like Schedule F comes in. Presidents need the right to select a civil service which can fulfill their agenda, even if it means some rushed hires, while the process of reconstruction and de-wokeification proceeds. Anything less would be a betrayal of the voters who elected them.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.

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Bob Olden
Bob Olden
1 year ago

This task of reforming civil service in America is so gargantuan that it is hard to imagine short of a total dismantling of what exists. Even if there are some public employees who realize that things have gone wrong there is zero chance that they can reform themselves. I hope I’m wrong about that but I have seen no evidence.

Golfhoncho
Golfhoncho
1 year ago

Major Civil Service reform is long over due. When I went on USAF active duty as an O1, I was in charge of a medical logistics account at a small hospital. In addition to assigned military enlistees, I had three Civil Service GS-3’s in key office positions. One day, one of my GS-3’s went AWOL – left her desk without excuse or notice, never to return. She was the spouse of a senior NCO; they lived on base. Working with the base Central Personnel Office, I followed all prescribed procedures trying to contact her to determine her personal status and work intentions. All such attempts failed! It took six (6) frustrating months to officially terminate her and begin the replacement recruitment process! In the meantime, all of her former colleagues were burdened with additional work due to her unexcused absence. This misadventure occurred in 1966. As the article details, things have only gotten significantly worse since then. AMERICA FIRST FOREVER!

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Civil service is a thing of the past what we now have is not civil and certainly not service

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year ago

One can’t actually live in a Constitutional Republic if a majority of the civil service is saturated with woke Marxists and Communists. In a Constitutional Republic, we must have a majority of civil service personnel be honorable, capable, and non-partisan. Tragically, it’s common knowledge that unfair investigations and leaks against the Republicans is a normal, acceptable part of dirty politics. Not only, do the Republicans get treated horribly and unfairly, we, the American people, are no longer treated in a Constitutional manner. For many practical matters, we are becoming more and more a two tier justice system. Those that parrot the Democrats are often allowed to break laws, while those that desire to live in a true Constitutional Republic are often treated unfairly, hounded, and even thrown in prison for no just reason.

Al Wunsch
Al Wunsch
1 year ago

Civil Service has evolved over the years, especially in the area of salaries. It used to be that your salary was lower than your counterpart in private industry but you had a good health care and pension at retirement. Congress is also to blame for passing legislation without specifics that left it up to what has become a deep state trying to run the country. Today’s Washington is a mess of corruption and lobbying. We could start by getting rid of all Diversity et al nonsense.

Robert Belcastro
Robert Belcastro
1 year ago

It should be law that ANY person going into public service, elected, appointed or as an employee of any public service organization where they give their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the U.S., that they demonstrate, by presenting a valid certification, that they have completed a course in which the U.S. Constitution was taught and that they demonstrated by direct testing, giving examples of their understanding of each principle, article and amendment of the U.S. Constitution that they understand and can apply these in everyday life at the level their position will require it, A member of Congress, President and Vice President, Federal and State department heads, governors and state legislators and ALL law enforcement officials of every level for example, will require demonstration of a much higher level of understanding of the Constitution than an employee of a public organization, for example, a postal worker.
Who knows how to start this rolling?

Sudden
Sudden
1 year ago

What would Jesus do?

MariaRose
MariaRose
1 year ago

All this tells me is that people working in these government service positions have no reason to complain about their job requirements because this article clearly states they need no skill other than a physical qualification that gives equity to their being hired. What galls me is that once they have the job they can never be fired.

Jake the snake
Jake the snake
1 year ago

We need to start by making it s felony for any government employee to lie to the public with no less then a 10 year sentence and lose of all pension. Then make it so that any employee catch leaking information or eavesdropping on other public employees a treasonous act.

Finally any government employee who shows obvious preference to one party or another who is not in an elected position automatically looses voting rights for two years with each incident found.

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

The DOJ took a page out of Trump Playbook when they posted the color photo of the Top Secret folders recovered in MarLago raid. That photo will come back to haunt Trump & his legal teams. “A Picture Is Worth A 1000-Words” and the OJ tria l” if the folders fit …. do we acquit”

Hal
Hal
1 year ago

The “M Raid” also points that the FBI needs a major personnel house cleaning beginning at the top.

tika
tika
1 year ago

just enforce the laws they broke. lock them up a few years and send the message you’re going to go to jail when you break the law.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Downsize
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Merge
Scrap
agencies alone
Scrap inter agencies
CUT Admin state X1000

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