Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Since when do the servants tell the employers how to...

...behave?

Peggy Noonan in OpinionJournal, on the response to the recent hurricanes :
No one took responsibility, but there was plenty of authority...

And they did things like this: The day before hurricane Rita hit Texas, last Friday, I saw on TV something that disturbed me. It was not the usual scene of crashing waves and hardy reporters being blown sideways by wind gusts. It was a fat Texas guy swimming in the waves off Galveston. He'd apparently decided the high surf was a good thing to jump into, so he went for a prehurricane swim. Two cops saw him, waded into the surf and arrested him. When I saw it the guy was standing there in orange trunks being astonished as the cops put handcuffs on him and hauled him away.

I thought: Oh no, this is isn't good. This is authority, not responsibility.
The responsibility was once his. No longer, in America.

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