My last post discussed the Finances of Systems superficially to be sure, but the message was there. This post will look at security from a political point of view. Out elected, appointed, and selected officials take an oath of office. Even the people in the military take an oath of office. It seems that the government takes an oath of office every where. In this oath they all swear to defend and uphold The Constitution of the United States of America. To that end I provide the Preamble to that Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
These are incredibly powerful and profound words. But what has happened to them over the years? It is no longer We, the people, but I the President or I, the Congressman, will do so something so We, the people don’t have to do it. And then the finance boys walk through the door and ask how will it get paid for? Very easy, congress passes a law that makes it a requirement that includes penalties that are more onerous than not doing what ever it is that is required. Does it get done well, usually not, only just enough to comply with the regulation.
And, the politicians can demonstrate that they met the words above about providing for the common defence, insuring domestic tranquility and … Right or Wrong, that is the way it works. Politicians, and we are all politicians in some respect, all want something. Recognition, Power, Remembrance, Attention, Self Satisfaction, Money, … The list is long and tiresome. The upshot is that politicians remove personal responsibility from We, the people to some anonymous program, thereby making no one responsible if it fails.
Think that I am kidding? No one in government talks about personal responsibility, only governmental policy. Even We, the people talk about Rights, and not personal responsibility. Our laws are designed to apply responsibility for an act, both criminal and civil. Contracts are written to define and assign responsibility and bypass integrity and intent. And so we have poor security, poor systems, and poor processes to support all of these things. Even the most basic process of all, voting, is poorly supported as it is believed that one vote does not matter. In the last election many contests were decided by fewer that 1000 votes. There is still one Senate seat that has yet to be approved as they are still counting and confirming that vote.
Is this all the fault of the politician. Not entirely. Remember the basic job of a politician is to get reelected and the day they get into office is the first day of their next election run. They are expected to help their constituents at all times getting things from the government. That is what they promised to do in their election speeches, so they must deliver. If something happens they are accosted with, “you should have known about … and taken action before it happened.” Back to those so powerful words in the preamble. We, the people gave up their responsibility to We, the Congress. And Congress always points at the President.
So unless, you are ready to take back the responsibility for yourself and do all the things that you need to do to insure your own domestic tranquility, common defence, … Then things will not get better, they will always be just on the edge provided by the lowest bidder with the lowest quality to meet the specifications.