The Bureaucratic Profile

on . Posted in Articles by Brent Johnson

By Brent Johnson

Have you ever experienced the anguish of dealing with a government official who just refuses to understand your specific situation, or a banker who will not help you with a particular problem you are having, or an educator who cannot see your point of view regarding the raising of your children? The frustrations that you have experienced are due to the fact that you are dealing with bureaucrats.

Bureaucrats are a particular type of being; different from regular people. They exist to be the cogs in political and corporate machines. The companies and agencies that employ bureaucrats seek people who are predictable, which provides those same companies and agencies with control over their “human resources”.

There are certain characteristics that apply to all bureaucrats. These characteristics are present in every bureaucrat because if they didn’t have them then they would not be hired as bureaucrats.

The first of these characteristics is obedience. Bureaucrats are the product of their training; nothing more and nothing less. The “nothing more” is significant, because it means that bureaucrats cannot think outside of their respective training boxes. If they could think creatively then they could not be counted on to be obedient, and therefore would not have been hired. This means that all bureaucrats are absolutely predictable. This is also why you cannot argue rationally with a bureaucrat.

Furthermore, bureaucrats - especially those who deal directly with the public (on the lowest branch of the bureaucratic tree) are trained to say “no” to any requests they receive unless they cannot find a reason to say “no”; then and only then do they say “yes”. This makes it far less likely that the agency or company for which a bureaucrat works will be sued. This is why you constantly get denied when making a request of a bureaucrat, who is always telling you that there are additional steps you need to take, or additional rules with which you must comply in order to get their approval or assistance.

Bureaucrats are taught to think of themselves as “experts” in their respective fields. They are told that when people come to them they’re statements are considered to be expertise. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In general, bureaucrats know very little about the laws or regulations governing their so-called fields of expertise.

For example, if you go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles to apply for a driver’s license, and explain that you do not have a social security number due to your religious conviction, the bureaucrat will tell you that you cannot get a license without one. That is not true. As a matter of fact, most states have laws that specifically state that you cannot have your request for a license or permit denied for failing to provide a social security number. But the low-level bureaucrat doesn’t know that. If, however, you speak with a supervisor, then you will get your license even if you do not have a social security number.

Overall, bureaucrats mindless obedience to the rules and regulations that govern their activities are the strength of a bureaucracy. They are the reason that governments or companies are successful in implementing their programs effectively; because you cannot run roughshod over them, since they are invulnerable to your objections to their demands.

On the other hand, that same mindless obedience makes all bureaucrats predictable, and that predictability represents the greatest weakness of a bureaucracy. You see, since bureaucrats cannot think outside of their training boxes, and presumably you can, therefore you are much smarter than a bureaucrat, and you can out-think any bureaucrat.

Whether you are dealing with a court clerk, administrative agency functionary, county recorder, DMV worker, policeman, banker, or corporate lackey, you are dealing with a bureaucrat, and can generally achieve your objectives in those dealings if you only use your brain, because the bureaucrat you are dealing with can’t.

In every walk of life it is advisable to accentuate your strengths and diminish your weaknesses, and when dealing with bureaucrats the same thing applies. Do not fight your bureaucratic battle on legal grounds, even if you are legally in the right; it won’t matter. The bureaucrats are trained how to deal with legal challenges, threats of legal action, etc., because that is what most people who find themselves stymied by bureaucrats try to do. Since they are trained in this area, it is one of their strengths, and if you fight them in their strengths then you will most likely lose the fight.

Instead, fight your battles on the psychological battleground. You can out-think any bureaucrat because thinking is the bureaucrat’s weakness; therefore use your intelligence and creativity to achieve your objectives in dealing with bureaucrats. If you fight your battles in this manner you will win the vast majority of them.

The next time you deal with a bureaucrat, remember what you have read here. It will give you peace of mind, success in achieving your objectives, and just plain make you feel good at the outcome you receive. Remember, you are the rulers of your country, not the bureaucrats. Act that way and most bureaucrats will see you as king or queen, and behave accordingly.

Brent Johnson is Director of Freedom Bound International, a common law service center dedicated to the preservation of personal freedom, privacy rights and the Declaration of Independence. He may be reached at 1-888-385-FREE or on-line at www.freedomradio.us.

Eulogies

Eulogy for an Angel
1992-Dec. 20, 2005

Freedom
2003-2018

Freedom sm

My Father
1918-2010

brents dad

Dr. Stan Dale
1929-2007

stan dale

A. Solzhenitsyn
1918-2008

solzhenitsyn

Patrick McGoohan
1928-2009

mcgoohan

Joseph A. Stack
1956-2010

Bill Walsh
1931-2007

Walter Cronkite
1916-2009

Eustace Mullins
1923-2010

Paul Harvey
1918-2009

Don Harkins
1963-2009

Joan Veon
1949-2010

David Nolan
1943-2010

Derry Brownfield
1932-2011

Leroy Schweitzer
1938-2011

Vaclav Havel
1936-2011

Andrew Breitbart
1969-2012

Dick Clark
1929-2012

Bob Chapman
1935-2012

Ray Bradbury
1920-2012

Tommy Cryer
1949-2012

Andy Griffith
1926-2012

Phyllis Diller
1917-2012

Larry Dever
1926-2012

Brian J. Chapman
1975-2012

Annette Funnicello
1942-2012

Margaret Thatcher
1925-2012

Richie Havens
1941-2013

Jack McLamb
1944-2014

James Traficant
1941-2014

jim traficant

Dr. Stan Monteith
1929-2014

stan montieth

Leonard Nimoy
1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy

Stan Solomon
1944-2015

Stan Solomon

B. B. King
1926-2015

BB King

Irwin Schiff
1928-2015

Irwin Schiff

DAVID BOWIE
1947-2016

David Bowie

Muhammad Ali
1942-2016

Muhammed Ali

GENE WILDER
1933-2016

gene wilder

phyllis schlafly
1924-2016

phylis schafly

John Glenn
1921-2016

John Glenn

Charles Weisman
1954-2016

Charles Weisman

Carrie Fisher
1956-2016

Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds
1932-2016

Debbie Reynolds

Roger Moore
1917-2017

Roger Moore

Adam West
1928-2017

Adam West

JERRY LEWIS
1926-2017

jerry lewis

HUGH HEFNER
1926-2017

Hugh Hefner

PROF. STEPHEN HAWKING
1942-2018

Hugh Hefner 

ART BELL
1945-2018

Art Bell

DWIGHT CLARK
1947-2018

dwight clark

CARL MILLER
1952-2017

Carl Miller

HARLAN ELLISON
1934-2018

Harlan Ellison

STAN LEE
1922-2018

stan lee