Well…..they’re at it again. There’s a new push to eliminate the Commission on Appraisal. The last time this was tried was a little over 5 years ago, and at that time they were also trying to eliminate the GA Planning Committee too. This time, it’s just the CoA by itself.
To those who know me really well, they know that I’m a big fan of independent investigative entities that are not answerable to the powers-that-be but to a larger body.
As the CoA is one of the few committees explicitly named in the UUA by-laws, I think it would behoove everybody to know what their function is:
Section 5.8. Commission on Appraisal.
The Commission on Appraisal shall consist of nine elected members. A member shall not during the term of office serve as a trustee or officer or hold a salaried position in the Association. The Commission on Appraisal shall:
- review any function or activity of the Association which in its judgment will benefit from an independent review and report its conclusions to a regular General Assembly;
- study and suggest approaches to issues which may be of concern to the Association; and
- report to a regular General Assembly at least once every four years on the program and accomplishments of the Association.
When it comes to power, there are 2 axioms to live by.
1. “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
2. “Who will guard the guardians?”
In UUA terms, the Commission on Appraisal is the entity set aside to guard the guardians. This move to eliminate the CoA is a bad sign that power does not want a group that is not answerable to them to be able to investigate anything they wish.
If the CoA is eliminated, who will guard the guardians?