On September 17th we celebrated the Constitution of the United States. At the end of my show, I read an updated piece that I'd written four years ago when I served as State Chair for the Libertarian Party of Delaware. Since then, I've had a couple of nice comments and it was suggested that I put it on this blog. Here it is.
Memo to: We the People
On September 17thour current operating system will be 226 years old and we’re on version 2.27. Version 1.0, The Articles of Confederation, had enough bugs in it that the system engineers designed version 2.0, The Constitution of the United States. We’ve upgraded it 27 times already and some of the upgrades have only served to make it more inefficient and less user-friendly. I think we have to ask ourselves if we’re willing to spend time fixing it or should we just upgrade to Constitution 3.0.
Some of the worst problems have been created by the CEOs. I’d have to say the most problematic was Mr. A. Lincoln due to his plan to eventually ship all black people out of the country, beginning the War of Northern Aggression (aka, Civil War) without the consent of Congress, suspending the writ of habeas corpus, imprisoning tens of thousands of northern political dissenters, censoring all telegraph communications, confiscating firearms in the border states in violation of the Second Amendment, deporting a U.S. Congressman, issuing an arrest warrant for the chief justice of the United States, illegally orchestrating the secession of West Virginia from Virginia, and shutting down several hundred Northern opposition newspapers while imprisoning some of the editors and owners. There have been other reported problems during this period but those listed here, I believe, illustrate just how badly a clever CEO can abuse the current operating system. Unfortunately, several subsequent CEOs believe that what I see as problematic were helpful and consider Mr. Lincoln an inspiration. Go figure.
Please consider firing the entire IT department. They don’t understand the job description and blame each other for their mistakes.
I think the worst problem may be the de-bugging function. It’s supposed to keep things running smoothly and it’s become a total mess. (I think the creators of version 1.0 were farsighted in leaving it out.) Initially it functioned properly and kept the program running smoothly. Unfortunately, some of the CEOs hired new programmers who modified the o.s. so much that the program we have now has gone viral and won’t let any of the 50 subordinate programs operate independently. This was never the intent of the engineers! The tech department can’t do anything about it and most of the 300 million users have done work-arounds. Although, recently, a few of them are showing signs of frustration and some of the technicians are getting a lot of flak. If we keep the current operating system I think we have to eliminate tenure for these programmers. Their job security should have a direct relationship with the operating system’s functionality. Personally, I think the users of the 50 subordinate programs should decide if they want to accept the changes that the de-bugging function initiates. Better yet, please consider removing the de-bugging function completely from this or any future operating system.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
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