Vanderboegh: Question 59 and the Myrmidons
Editor's Note: I first learned of the Obama staff questionnaire and its gun questions from Spartacus, who noted that there appeared to be no legitimate reason to be asking those questions in that manner.
Mike Vanderboegh now gives us some insight into the possible story behind the questions.
Question 59 & the Myrmidons
Vetting The Ant People for Our New Ruler
by Mike Vanderboegh
15 November 2008
The Myrmidons (or Myrmidones) were an ancient nation of Greek mythology. They were very brave and skilled warriors as described in Homer's Iliad, and were commanded by Achilles. Their eponymous ancestor was Myrmidon, a king of Phthiotis who was a son of Zeus and "wide-ruling" Eurymedousa, a princess of Phthiotis. She was seduced by him in the form of an ant. An etiological myth of their origins, simply expanding upon their supposed etymology— the name in Classical Greek was interpreted as "ant-people", from murmekes, "ants"— was first mentioned by Ovid, in Metamorphoses: in Ovid's telling, the Myrmidons were simple worker ants on the island of Aegina. Another common variation had King Aeacus of Aegina, father of Peleus, pleading with Zeus to populate his country. Zeus said his people would number as the ants on his sacred oak, and from the ants sprang the people Aegina, the Myrmidons. . . The Myrmidons of Greek myth were known for their loyalty to their leaders, so that in pre-industrial Europe the word "myrmidon" carried many of the same connotations that "robot" does today. Myrmidon later came to mean "hired ruffian" (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) or "a loyal follower, especially one who executes orders without question, protest, or pity; unquestioning followers." -- Wikipedia.
During the first debate between John McCain and Barack "the Lightworker" Obama, there came a moment that revealed, unintentionally I am sure, far more about the candidates than they wished to show us. It also illustrated how far we have come from the Founders' republic. It was this:
Jim Lehrer, PBS: Before we go to another lead question. Let me figure out a way to ask the same question in a slightly different way here. Are you -- are you willing to acknowledge both of you that this financial crisis is going to affect the way you rule the country as president of the United States beyond the kinds of things that you have already -- I mean, is it a major move? Is it going to have a major effect?
Now when he asked this question, I sat up straight on the couch. I said to my wife, "Did you hear that?"
She ignored me, as is her wont.
Obama went first, saying "There's no doubt it will affect our budget," etc., etc., ad nauseum.
When he finished, I said, "McCain's got him now."
"How?" my wife Rosey asked.
"Listen," I insisted.
But then it turned out McCain had missed it, too. His answer was a similar prattle of programs and budgets. I couldn't believe it and I raged at the television screen.
"You IDIOT!" I yelled, "You stupid moron! You could have knocked that out of the park!"
My wife cautioned me that I was scaring the cats, and then asked what I meant.
"Didn't you hear the question?" I demanded. "Old Jim 'Proletarian Broadcasting System' there asked them how they'd 'RULE' us. All McCain had to do was to wait for Barack to stick his head in that trap, which he did, and then say, 'Jim, I want to back up to how you phrased that question. You asked how this crisis would affect the way we'd
My wife looked at me and said, "OK, I get that, but you still scared the cats."
Well, the cats can always use a good scaring, but that's another story. The lesson this little exchange taught me was that both men thought they had the right to rule the United States of America. I wasn't surprised that they thought that. I WAS surprised that neither man saw fit to reassure the American people that they didn't intend to do so, if only for appearances sake.
All this came back to me when I read about Question 59.
In the "Miscellaneous" section of the Obama administration's 63-item questionnaire given to prospective myrmidons, er, ah, I mean, job applicants is Question 59:
“Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”
Now this is a question worthy of a king, or a dictator. Only kings and dictators worry about the possession of legal firearms in the hands of the people.
This is not an Alice's Restaurant draft board "Have you ever been arrested?" question. Note the phrasing, "has it been the cause of any personal injuries." There they go with that anthropomorphizing of inanimate tools again.
What they are really asking is, "Do you own any evil guns and have you realized how much you need professional help for doing so?"
Presumably someone who answers "no" to this question will be in much better shape to lock down that really choice bureaucratic flunky job than someone who says "yes" and then has to explain himself.
This is indeed a question worthy of a "ruler." Which should tell you all you need to know about what's coming.
Your would-be ruler and his entourage of willing myrmidons cometh...