Take One for the Team
by Jerry Gilio
May 9, 2004

I'm going to scream if one more member of our government, in general, or the Bush Administration, in particular, claims that the abuse of prisoners in Iraq is "inconsistent with the values of our nation." (Credit that one to Rumsfeld.)

The values of a nation are defined not by the rhetoric of its politicians, but by the actions of its citizens.

It's like a girl who gets drunk and blows some guy in the parking lot offering a defense of, "I never do that. I'm not that kind of girl." Well, Toots, you do and you are.

Rumsfeld seems to have caught his boss's inability to admit to his mistakes and take responsibility for them or he'd own up, lean into the strike zone and take one for the team.

I believe I may have accidentally stumbled across where Dubya got his political philosophy. I was watching Duck Soup, arguably one of the funniest movies of all time, when Groucho Marx sang...

If any form of pleasure is exhibited,
report to me and it shall be prohibited.
I'll put my foot down, so shall it be!
This is the land of the free!
The last guy nearly ruined this place.
He didn't know what to do with it.
If you think the country's bad off now,
just wait till I get through with it.

Yikes! A combination of moralistic repression, disparaging one's predecessor and disregard for future consequences of current actions. This seems too familiar to be a coincidence.

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