Personal Responsibility is interesting. We see the lack of it all the time. Internationally, when the Administration shifts the blame for the Libyan murders to the Secretary of State, who dutifully falls on her sword for the President. So much for the buck stops here.
On a more local level, I went to pick up some fresh bagels and cream cheese this morning. A little shop about a mile up the road. I took an end parking spot, because, being disabled, it was close to the door. I refuse to get one of those plates or permits; people with wheelchairs and such need them far more than I. I parked squared in the tiny space.
Upon exiting the shop, I noticed the car subsequently parked next to mine was crooked, and parked over the line. So much so that there was no way I was able to open the door to get in. My only hope was it wasn’t someone staying for a long breakfast! I returned inside, and there we only a couple folks in line. I thought about yelling something like, “Hey, can the person with the blue Toyota please move it, I can’t get into my car!”, but patience got the best of me.
After about five minutes, a woman left and headed for the car. I asked her politely, if she could park straighter next time, as I couldn’t get to my car.
Her response (without even looking), “You parked crooked!” I refrained from becoming angry with her, as she was moving her car.
This is much of the World in which we live.
The President watches the Libya debacle on live feed, refuses to order available aid, then lets the Secretary of State take the blame. And then plays golf the next day like nothing happened.
A long-married general (who happens to be the head of the frickin’ CIA!) has an affair! Didn’t they teach you that’s a no-no in spy school, General?
And rather than saying something like, “Oops, sorry!”, bagel woman shifts the blame to me. It’s easier that way.
Analysts decided long ago that President Kennedy didn’t get too much flack from the public over The Bay of Pigs invasion, because he almost immediately did a televised mea culpa, even though he inherited the op from previous V.P. Nixon. Nixon stonewalled Watergate, and see where that got him? (of course, JFK did get assassinated, but that’s another post!)
Hillary Clinton took the blame for Libya. I wonder if that’ll even be remembered next presidential election time?
And bagel woman probably already forgot about our encounter. I wonder if she’ll play golf, tomorrow?