I don’t want to live in a world like this

HT: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Almost every response the US had to 9/11 has been deeply stupid and destructive.  And it has usually been sold as tough-minded practical get-it-done know how that doesn’t listen to the ivory tower pantywaists who heed the Catholic tradition.  We have the country we deserve.  That’s how democracy works.

  • Will

    We have to remember that it is not entirely politicians’ fault that every outrage/disaster/problem real or imagined is followed by a chorus demanding that they “DO SOMETHING!” Whereupon they almost always do the first thing anybody thinks of, whether it makes sense or not. This activates the Politician’s Syllogism (from YES, MINISTER)
    We must do something.
    This is something.
    Therefore, we must do this.

    • ivan_the_mad

      Heh. Many much kudos for the YM reference.

    • Stu

      Rinse and repeat.

    • http://www.LifeAfterLiberalArts.com What Can I Do With A Philosophy Degree?

      We must never let a good crisis go to waste, either. They give you an opportunity to do things that you thought you couldn’t do before.
      CF: Rahm Emmanuel: http://youtu.be/Rs6TgitlNIA

      • Mark Gordon

        Yep, like invade Iraq.

  • Michaelus

    I am in complete agreement Mr. Shea. In his homily after the Sandy Hook massacre our priest noted that the Holy Family survived the massacre of the innocents. My first thought was “right – they survived by fleeing into Egypt”…….but I think Egypt might be off limits to us these days.

  • Will

    I do not know about drones, but many cameras serve a purpose because there are many dangerous people and places in the United States. I think of college campuses where females especially are told not to walk alone, at least after dark. I think of parking structures that now have open or glass-enclosed stairways so not to hide a bad guy. There is a fine line sometimes between over-reacting and under-reacting.

  • http://chicagoboyz.net TMLutas

    The last line is the kicker because, of course, government agents have no right to privacy in the conduct of their duty with the public. Too many of them still act as if they did and arrest wrongly in those cases. Eventually enough photographers will get enough judgments off of governments who violate their rights so that police officers will finally internalize this fact.


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