Sunday, June 25, 2006

Monday Morning Musing

One of the Republican justifications for Bush support is that "He has not allowed a terrorist attack on America since 9/11."

Oh really? So now the barometer for a successful presidency is having no more than two major national landmarks utterly destroyed? Such a high bar to clear! While we're at it, why don't we offer Andrea Yates the "Mother of the Year" award for not drowning any of her children since 2001? Of course we won't, because the damage has been done and there isn't a thing you can do that won't make it worse.

The only thing worse than pessimism is barrel-scraping optimism. Keeping a positive attitude is one thing; being absurdly delusional is another. You wouldn't tell your depressed friend, "Hey, at least you aren't dying of that fatal disease that just killed your mom." Nor would you tell Aaron Spelling's widow, "Look on the bright side: you're single now! I hear that Ramsey guy is available." It's disrespectful to those for whom the losses are still fresh. And it's exactly the same with, "He has not allowed a terrorist attack on America since 9/11."

I, for one, am not letting our leaders off that easily. And neither should anyone else, especially since such misguidedly positive thinking has allowed Bush to get away with so much other terrible behavior since then.

To steal a catchphrase from the GOP playbook, "Where's the outrage?"


The leftist southpaw said...

If the Administration will take the credit for not allowing any attacks since 9/11 on their watch, does it not logically follow that they must accept responsibility for the events that DO occur on their watch?

I'm asking the White House to be logically- I know it's a lot to ask...

Michael said...

Guess they've forgotten about the anthrax attacks.

Cajun Tiger said...

one slight mistake in your argument...Yates can't kill any more of her kids b/c she killed them all the first time.

Ian McGibboney said...

But that isn't the point; what I'm asking is, do we not hold people responsible for things that happen under their control?