Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a "cyber czar," a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the nation's government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan.
A quick check of the meaning and origin of the word ‘czar’ yields the following:
1.an emperor or king.
2.(often initial capital letter) the former emperor of Russia.
3.an autocratic ruler or leader.
4.any person exercising great authority or power in a particular field: a czar of industry.
1545–55; < Russ tsar', ORuss tsĭsarĭ emperor, king (akin to OCStsěsarĭ) < Goth kaisar emperor (< Gk or L); Gk kaîsar < L Caesarcaesar
It makes me wonder - no worry - why for the last couple of decades we have been so accepting of the various governmental ‘czars’ that various presidents have appointed.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want an emperor or a king (other than God). I don’t want anything like the former ruler of Russia. I don’t want an autocrat attempting to rule me. I don’t want any one person exercising great authority or having great power.
And I certainly don’t want anything even remotely related to the German Kaiser or a Roman Caesar in my government. (That is one reason I detest Obama – he seems to think he is one or both of those!)
Thus, I don’t want a internet czar, a drug czar, an automobile czar, and energy czar, or any other kind of czar, running around trying to tell us all what to do. It is, in fact, very American to want to do away with all czars, not make more of them!
Down with all czars, and with all those who appoint them!