Moral Contradictions

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Why do I write this blog?

To post quotes like this:

Libby's testimony also puts the president and the vice president in the awkward position of authorizing leaks — a practice both men have long said they abhor, so much so that the administration has put in motion criminal investigations to hunt down leakers.

The most recent instance is the administration's launching of a probe into who disclosed to The New York Times the existence of the warrantless domestic surveillance program authorized by Bush shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. (Source)

Apparently, leaking classified information that helps support a war that happens to lack in justification and ultimately advances political goals is okay... but leaking classified information about activities that jeopardize our civil liberties is not?

You can't have it both ways. Dr. Cecil Sherman made some good points in the last class about being pastor of a church that I believe apply for all leadership positions, including President of the United States. Those that you lead will forgive you if you come out and say "I messed up". Everyone moves on. Failure can be entirely beneficial in the long run. It's certainly not desirable, but a lot can be learned from it, and you garner respect by making the best of the situation.

However, Dr. Sherman warned about withholding information. He said that they'll forgive failure, but not lies. I would respect this President a lot more if he got off his cowboy horse every now and then and leveled with the American people. However, that move isn't in his political playbook, and I'm not holding my breath. As Americans, as voters, as people - we deserve honesty. Is that too much to ask?

If I recall correctly, wasn't the President all fired up about restoring some dignity to the office back in 2000?


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