Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, July 17, 2003
As the pResident continues his attempts to shift blame for his own goofs to anybody in the vicinity, it might be worthwhile to look at the rules of one of his predecessors, the last Republican to bring real integrity and distinction to the Oval Office.
"To tie [subordinates] to the leader with unbreakable bonds one rule must always be observed - take full responsibility, promptly, for everything that remotely resembles failure. Give extravagant and public praise to all subordinates for every success."
The State Department then issued a [false] statement that the flight [in which Francis Powers was shot down and taken prisoner] had not been authorized by the President. [DCI] Allen Dulles offered to take the blame and be fired. Eisenhower was angry at Dulles for insiting on another flight so close to the summit, but when [his son] said, "You ought to fire him," Eisenhower's temper erupted.