As regular readers know, I stopped most political commentary on this blog a while ago because I'd said everything I thought worth saying many times over and it no longer matters. The U.S. is now a one-party (Republicrat) state like the Soviet Union or North Korea: of the government, by the government, for the government.
This kind of borders on politics, though. It's purely anecdotal but interesting.
I guess I'd assumed this was simply the standard liberal line that you adopt when you take Uncle Sam's shilling and sign up for the bureaucrat army. But he surprised me.
After the meeting I chatted with him briefly, the usual "congratulations on making it to the finish line" and "what are you going to do with your new spare time?" kind of banter. The last thing I intended was to bring down the moment by injecting politics into it.
But he opened up the subject. He had, on the whole, enjoyed his time working in the government. His colleagues included many decent people, he said. "But I can completely understand why so many people out there [pointing: any direction you point in Arlington, Virginia is toward "outside the Beltway"] are outraged," he said. "When you're in the federal government, you're in an artificial environment, a womb that keeps you protected and nourished.
I think he gets it.