Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"This Administration"

Department (n): a major administrative division as in “Police Department.”

The Police Department has no authority.

“By order of the Police Department” makes no sense. The department is made up of all the police officers, clerks, and janitors.

It should be “By Order of the Chief of Police” or “Police Commissioner” or “City Council.”

We have a bigger problem with the word “this administration.” “This administration” is something that is made up of a lot of people in the executive branch of the Federal Government. This, in turn is made of a lot of departments, as in the State Department and Department of Defense, which are made up of lots of people. An ambassador to a foreign country does not speak for himself or for all of the people in the State Department. He speaks for the Secretary of State who speaks for the President of the United States who speaks for the United States. As far as the world is concerned, the President of the United States is the United States. When you hear anyone say “this administration”, he is trying to distance himself from the United States. He should be saying the “President of the United States” or the “United States.” The amorphous glob of people that make up administrations are not elected and have no authority.

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