We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The discussion has been had many times, and the consensus is that the two are not only not mutually exclusive, but related. To make decisions for others and not monitor the results, just sort of hoping that things will go well because it was a Good Idea, well-meant, is an intellectual dishonesty.
All decision-makers can be accused of it with some justice. Tax policies, wars, foreign policy initiatives, and all the fixes of government all have unintended consequences. Wise persons, if they are resolute, are able to sift through and see when the negatives are simply the cost of getting to the positives. We do tend to root for ideas we pushed for, long after they have been exposed as faulty.
But there are limits. The self-honesty required of leaders is ultimately high, because they have our lives in their hands. Eventually, the reckoning comes. Intellectual honesty is just a variant of any other type of honesty. What Obama did know is pertinent. What he could have known is more messy, as wildly contradictory knowledges were available. It comes down to what he should have known.
And he just fails. You can bend quite a ways giving the benefit of the doubt to someone who thought they were doing good. This is beyond that.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Saw "Bugging Hitler's Soldiers" on Secrets of the Dead (PBS) last night which, sadly, reminds me of this administration in too many ways. Always placing the blame elsewhere while participating in one atrocity after another.
Time will tell whether or not we, the people, have the fortitude to say "Not only will I not participate and I will stand up for our, our, Constitutional rights."
"...in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation." Hitler