Friday, September 09, 2005

Alex, I'll take "Do Everything You Can to Avoid Accountability" for $1,000

When people do not want to play the blame game, they're to blame. John Stewart, The Daily Show

To reduce the pursuit of accountabilityto talking point rhetoric is more about CYA than it is correcting systemic breakdowns. Doesn't matter which party occupies the big house, this issue is at the core of what government is.

I don't know if Rove or Mehlman decided everyone in the administration would adopt "blame game" as the pat response, but it's clear everyone's on the same page, which exposes how political the response is.

On it's face, however, there could be nothing more offensive than to call the pursuit of accountability the blame game.

This is no game.

Oh, wait, there is something more offensive...watching thousands of the most vulnerable of American citizens dying of starvation and dehydration, particularly the elderly, the impoverished, and the children, while the administration holds press conferences turned mutual admiration society meetings.

Yep, that's more offensive.

I'm not playing the game.

I'm saying it.

Government failed.

All levels of government failed. And if the other party was in office, I'd say it just as strong. Government forgot it's prime directive.

Why can't that just be said?

For God's sake. Please

Drop the rhetoric and speak truth. There is no loss of honor to admit mistakes and failures. In the church, we call that the prayer of confession. To not own failure is to dishonor those who died because of it - and it makes the ones who scapegoat (there's an ancient biblical concept if ever there was one) others look more than petty.

They're pathetic.

Maybe in this instance, we need some age old wisdom from another American President.

Give 'em hell, Harry.

The buck stops here. President Harry S. Truman


NightMage said...

Unfortunately, this Adminstration and this President would rather eat horse manure than take responsibility for anything. That's just the way they are.

Anonymous said...

I'll say this...

I think there is a lot of responsibility to bear by many parties. When this is all said and done, we, as a society, are either going to continue to stick our heads in the sand, or face the reality that there are some very fundamental problems with how we look at life (and recognize that we each are responsible for taking care of those who cannot help themselves - as well as ourselves).

So who IS responsible? I've been listening to the pundits on both sides. I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. I am amazed at how superficial the answers are - and how people dance around the truth to protect themselves or to avoid "offending" someone.

The administration made mistakes. So did the mayor. So did the governor. So did the people who made a bad decision and chose to stay behind. So did the looters who stole items not essential for survival. So did those who "could" help themselves but chose not to. So did the shooters. So did civic leaders who voiced justification for many of these acts. So did those of us who have yet to lift a finger to help or who give only to satisfy a limping conscience.

Until we, as a society, are willing to look deeper than a sound-bite for the truth, we will continue to see history repeat itself.

Our story today was written long ago by the prophets of old. And as Paul Simon writes... "After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same."


np3 said...

Isn’t it funny? HUMILITY, the one trait that shows imperfection and fallibility, yet inner strength and character, is so often the trait most absent in Washington.

Oh, for the chance to vote for someone that could admit that they are human!


Anonymous said...

We vote against Him every day... and He still loves us.