Paul Elisha: The Still Missing Magic Ingredient

Sep 17, 2013

There’s no denying the heat of resentment that prodded America’s colonial rebellion to its ultimate break with British rule and the formation of a new system of governance, controlled and administered by an elected body of its citizens.  In retrospect, however, and given the passage of several centuries for calmer contemplation, this should not condemn every aspect of the British system to infamy and avoidance.  In fact, a thorough and unbiased study of our current system of governance, shows it lacking a mode of service not completely available within any of the three traditional branches of government into which ours is divided.  Closer scrutiny reveals a glaring need for its addition.  A Management Branch could well re-revolutionize the current United States triumvirate system of three governmental branches, all of which are held hostage to the insidious influence of the continuous cycle of elective politics.

What our system lacks and desperately needs is a management branch of professional civil servants whose sole responsibility is to make certain that the regulations, programs, dictates and activities initiated by each of the three Constitutional branches are effectively carried out and maintained, outside the political pressures of patrons, partisans or tenures.

With a background of fifty-five years in state government and public interest service to my credit, this commentator has had the unhappy experience of witnessing the failure of countless programs and policies, initiated by one administration and stymied by another, as they changed staff and program appointments to accommodate changes in election results.

The installation of a permanent force of management professionals, unaffected by political permeations and pretexts of any sort, to modulate and manipulate programs and policies of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches into meaningful existence and interpretation, outside the influence of any political presentment, would transform their intent into valued vehicles of citizen service for countless measures, still lacking movement or merit.

This is a feature of the British Governmental system from which we and our posterity could well and happily profit.  For the sake of our future as a “people’s republic” and the health and prosperity of generations to come, we must drain the poison of political pressure from the arteries of our system of governance.

A ‘Professional Management Branch’, free of political connections and considerations, could make a meaningful and measurable start.

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