Moral Contradictions

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Keeping up appearances...

...a la Mrs. Bucket.

I've often wondered whether our current government is working on solutions or simply advertising the appearance of working on solutions. Perhaps you may feel I'm taking a cynical view - yet there seems to be abundant proof.

As 2008 approaches, I'm getting to the point where I almost don't care who wins the election, as long as they work to solve problems. I'd rather have effective government that works toward solutions than whatever you can call the non-action we currently have in DC.

Oil crisis? Let's buy the American people off with a $100 rebate. Bird Flu? Let's release a nearly 200 page document that essentially proves, as the Daily Show recently discussed, that the lesson learned after Katrina was the federal government actually needs to do less in times of emergency. Controversial issues that can be construed as serving Big Pharm? Pass them in the middle of the night. Debt ceiling increase? Sneak that through with otherwise unremarkable bills.

Massive hurricane that wrecked thousands of lives?

The 928 pages of e-mails, obtained and released by the Center for Public Integrity, also portray[Michael] Brown and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as obsessed with media coverage in the days leading up to and immediately following the Aug. 29, 2005, disaster. At one point early that morning, Brown reported to an aide that he was "sitting in the chair, putting mousse in my hair," as he waited for media interviews to begin.


While the e-mails cover much of the same ground previously highlighted by congressional investigations earlier this year, they illustrate anew how concerned the beleaguered agency was with having a favorable public image during the storm. Many of the documents released Tuesday consist of talking points, press releases, interview schedules and media reports of the storm's onslaught. (Source)

You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie.

Republican or Democrat, I'm not sure how one can sit back and honestly believe this government is working in a pragmatic and diligent way to address problems. I don't see how we can put faith in this Administration in handling another September 11 when 4 years after that we couldn't handle a long-predicted weather disaster. There's a reason why only 31% of the country approve of the President's job.

There are a few folks who believe, based on selected Bible verses, that we should simply submit to authority and not hold it accountable. Hogwash. Take a gander over at The Commonwealth Iconclast for a synopsis of small-town politics gone bad.

We must hold those in power accountable - that's why the Founding Fathers wrote in "checks and balances" - we need to ensure that the Constitution is defended and fairly applied to all. That's why I'm concerned of the attacks against the media. We should be allowed to answer questions and have them honestly answered. Apparently that makes me a liberal, even though it's in the Constitution. Whatever.

Outside of my faith, I'm an American first, and a pragmatist second. You should be too.


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