Prince William County, like every other locality in America, conducts employee training in order to ensure that public employees are equipped with all of the skills and training they need in order to do their jobs to the best of their ability. County Police Officers receive training at the FBI Academy at Quantico Marine Corps Base. Numerous other employees attend conferences that help them learn how to do their jobs, and professional development courses are offered in a wide variety of disciplines. You’d expect that these courses, because they take employees away from their regular duties, are very carefully designed in order to provide the best value possible, to make best use of taxpayer funds and provide the highest training value for our public employees.
Well, sometimes that’s not quite the case.
I find it fascinating that county employees are using videos produced by a highly partisan political activist in order to provide training (or perhaps indoctrination?) to public employees. If there happened to be value in showing employees the statements of county residents made at citizens time, this video certainly would have been available from Mr. Rapela who is in charge of the video broadcast from Board meetings and broadcast on the county’s cable channel. County training program, county-owned video footage, well, putting those two elements together would seem to make sense. But instead of using the available public resources, Mr. Rapela coordinates with Eric Byler in order to use Byler’s videos instead.
Now why would someone do this? We can only speculate, but the unique way in which Mr. Byler selects what is included and edits his videos likely has a big part in the allure that some feel for the product of his “creativity.” Mr. Byler’s videos regarding the illegal immigration debate are just as partisan as those shown on his “United For Obama” videos. He’s certainly free to have and present his viewpoint, but it is quite another thing to have that viewpoint endorsed by county employees and used to set the standards which all county employees are expected to meet. That’s what training does, folks. It identifies the standards folks are supposed to meet and instills within them a desire to meet those standards.
Was the public ever informed that the county’s training programs would start promoting Eric Byler videos? Were our elected officials ever informed? Of course not. This is just another expenditure of taxpayer funds by county staff lacking any degree of oversight, review, or even so much as a question as they ensure that the county staff recieves an adequate political indoctrination. While the public is expecting that the county staff will be serving their interests, instead they are enrolled in the liberal cause. You’d think that if this were a laudable thing to do, county staff would be advertising what they’re doing rather than only relinquishing evidence of this practice when a citizen files a Freedom of Information Act request. Since it’s not and they know it, this has been kep from the public.
Our elected officials better take control of our county government, because it is without a doubt entirely out of control, only providing the illusion that the public is actually in control of their own government through their elected officials. If this really is our government, we darned well better take ownership of it.
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