Friday, September 16, 2005

Responsibility

I'm sure that you have been watching the appalling Gulf Coast coverage and the abysmal response to human suffering as I have.

It seems to me that in today's world "Taking Responsibility" really means "Taking Credit" coupled with "Shifting Blame." I wouldn't care less about any of this if I hadn't seen the resultant floating corpses. If we are to believe that an era of responsibility rose like a new moon in 2000, then someone had better step up to the plate and say "I screwed up. I'm responsible for part of this calamity and here's what I did wrong."

In my opinion anyone who does that, of any political stripe, without a concurrent chorus of "but here's why it isn't my fault" will find unbelievable support arising from the honesty.

By the way, that last bit isn't restricted to Katrina.