Red-headed Rant: Does the buck stop with ANYONE?
Nowadays everyone wants the glory of a leadership position, but none of the responsibility.
Passing the buck is rampant. Let’s take a look-see at some of the more memorable “buck-pass-o-rama” that has gone on in our “most transparent administration” evah.
Hmm, where to begin, where to begin….
How about Hillary Clinton on Benghazi?
“We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.”(1)
Or Obama on the growth of I.S.I.S.?
On “60 Minutes” last Sunday night, the president, who tends to use the personal pronoun when taking credit for perceived successes, blamed his Defense Intelligence Agency chief, James Clapper, for bad intelligence about ISIS.(2)
Or Lois Lerner on targeting of conservatives?
Former Director of Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner, said mistakes were made by “our line people in Cincinnati” and former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said the problem originated with two “rogue” employees in the Ohio office.(3)
Or Eric Holder blaming the meanypants gun lobby on his impeachment?
Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday.(4)
Here’s what “old-school” responsibility and accountability looks like:
1952 Mr. Truman said, “You know, it’s easy for the Monday morning quarterback to say what the coach should have done, after the game is over. But when the decision is up before you — and on my desk I have a motto which says The Buck Stops Here’ — the decision has to be made.” In his farewell address to the American people given in January 1953, President Truman referred to this concept very specifically in asserting that, “The President–whoever he is–has to decide. He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.
“Those who are good at making excuses are seldom good for anything else.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
This explains why our administration is, “good for nothing”. I don’t agree with everything Harry Truman did, but at least he took responsibility for it.