PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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A parable

By From page A5 | June 19, 2013

EDITOR:

There once was a kingdom called Placerville (or it could be anywhere). It was ruled by supervisors, who would gather information from their subjects directly under them, discuss the options and make a ruling. Earls and dukes were either appointed or elected to oversee the various kingdom departments. Then an administrator was appointed to protect the supervisors from their subjects and to direct the earls and dukes in their appointed duties.

Years of wealth and spending eventually turned into a time of saving and cutting back on expenditures. A dangerous disease called politics was creeping over the kingdom. The symptoms were falsehoods, greed and lust for power.

Worker serfs were eliminated to appease the wrath of the people because of the overspending of their rulers. At the same time, friends of the king of administration were put in places of authority to assure his rise to power. Some earls and dukes were looked upon with more favor than others. The unfortunate were banished from the kingdom, while the favored ones were given more power and allowed to take over the duties of the deposed dukes. The subjects were forced to give up their earnings and more and more lowly serfs were also banished from the kingdom in the pretense that this would be the best way to save money.

In the time of wealth, beautiful buildings had been built, many roads had been made for safe travel and many improvements had been made to better the living conditions. A larger population demanded more services and improvements. The supervisors demanded that the areas they were responsible for be maintained, free of problems and they expected loyalty from their subjects.

But alas, there was no money now for repairs and maintenance and very few serfs were left to do the work. The beautiful buildings were crumbling and the roads were falling apart. The controller of the monies and administrator of the kingdom rose to greater power. Dissension arose between the workers and the rulers. Morale was at a new low.

The serf workers who were left were working longer hours to make up for the absence of vital workers.

Pleas to the supervisors fell on deaf ears. Their decisions were in the kingdom’s best interest. So as it came to pass, many suffered because of the bad judgment of their rulers. The epidemic of politics had touched everyone in the kingdom. The population was growing, there was more work to do, but the serfs had been cut back to the same workforce as 20 years before and  only the administration rose to more prominence.

Soon the ruling class was surrounded by buildings in ruins, no decent roads and fewer workers to carry the load. The kingdom was falling apart, the good workers had fled, crime and sickness prevailed and the people of the kingdom were revolting. (But not as revolting as the supervisors. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that!)

Seriously, could this be a fantasy or a reality? It is based on facts: much of it is now true in many governmental entities. It was a reality in history; will it be a reality here?

Take note — it is happening now!

AUDREY LOAR
Camino

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