Thursday, October 19, 2006
Politics: Values in a Nutshell
It is this: The current Congress has shown no inclination to investigate the Bush administration. Last year The Boston Globe offered an illuminating comparison: when Bill Clinton was president, the House took 140 hours of sworn testimony into whether Mr. Clinton had used the White House Christmas list to identify possible Democratic donors. That's 1-4-0 hours! More than three business weeks of time! But in 2004 and 2005, a House committee took only 12 hours of testimony on the abuses at Abu Ghraib. That's barely a day and a half spent on one of the most damaging hits to US prestige in the international sphere, as well as direct hit on America's ethics and moral high ground.
Clearly, we're looking at an organization (the Republican party) that is not acting upon values or principles. That's because values and principls require an individual or group of adherants to behave the same way in the face of abuses by any individual or group of individuals. Instead, it's simply partisan politics dressed up in values.
Just my two cents...