Government doesn't suck.
We hear it day in and day out: the government sucks, federal employees are lazy and their positions are redundant. As a third-generation public servant and the founder of a social network of over 36,000 government leaders, it really burns our biscuits and grinds our gears.
Seriously, who else takes as much crap as public servants? Don't believe it? Check out The Washington Post -- more than half of America hates public servants. That's a lot of people. Seriously, last year there was even a "Government Sucks Day." What's up with that?
It's time to turn the tables and remind the world that government employees just happen to be people... people that don't suck. We know you don't suck, you know you don't suck, so let's let the world in on this little secret.
There are a lot of awesome people working in government (from PhDs to former CEOs to rocket scientists). And they are normal people -- they are your neighbors, they listen to Kings of Leon, and they may even watch Jon Stewart on the TV... but that's all after they've spent a whole day keeping the country running.
So we've chosen a date with an obvious importance, Oct. 30, the same day as the Rally to Restore Sanity, to get a little crazy (sorry, Jon) and stand up for ourselves, fighting for our right to be awesome.
GovLoop is organizing a "Government Doesn't Suck" pre-rally rally to put a human face on governmental bureaucracy, to show the country that we're capable of having a laugh. We'll be meeting at the north end of the Air and Space Museum at 10:30 am on Saturday, Oct. 30 to vent our well-organized, structured frustrations and send a reminder that we're not red tape, we're not slack-jawed desk jockeys and we don't suck. You'll definitely hear us but just in case you'll know it's us when you see the amazingly good-looking people in the bright green shirts with signs.
This is not about political views nor politics. People working in government have diverse political beliefs, but we share a passion for serving our fellow citizens. Are you with us? If so, sign up to attend.
And yes, we'll be looking to rumble.
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