The death of responsibility

Character trait can't survive without accountability at its side

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The term “taking responsibility” used to mean something. It used to mean more. It used to be accompanied by its twin: accountability.

No more. At least not in American public life.

President Reagan once took responsibility for security lapses leading up to the terrorist attack that killed 241 U.S. service member in Beirut in 1983. And you really got the sense that he meant it.

Problem was, few really held him responsible – and he refused to hold anyone else culpable.

A bigger problem, though, has been what has transpired since.

Leaders now know that if they’re engulfed in catastrophic failure, a forgiving public likely will accept a claim of responsibility – often without any real accountability.

It’s inside the accountability where real consequences and learning come. A claim of responsibility without accountability can be hollow – particularly if the claim isn’t completely contrite.

In the case of wayward leaders such as disgraced legislators or mayors, sometimes the grudging acknowledgement of personal responsibility – which is quite obvious in many cases, such as those involving sexual peccadilloes – clearly is a tactic to seek forgiveness before any accountability attaches.

Even in this jaded climate, though, it’s quite remarkable that there has been zero accountability for the federal government’s disastrous health-care rollout.

The president, for instance, supposedly accepts personal responsibility – but in the same breath claims not to have known what was happening in the run-up to the rollout.

And amid this debacle, in which millions have lost their health insurance, not much is being said or written about the president being so out to lunch: A Government Accountability Institute analysis of the president’s public meeting records says that from mid-2010 through November of 2013, Mr. Obama met with other Cabinet secretaries 277 times – but not once with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Not once. With the main person in charge of Mr. Obama’s signature achievement and, in his own words, his “most important initiative.”

Nor has Ms. Sebelius seen any accountability. And what about all the people under her and contracting with the government?

It’s even worse than that.

Not only has there been no accountability but, brazenly, Sebelius recently called for an investigation into the mess she has presided over.

Gall has a new face. The woman is demanding to know what went wrong with – um, her operation.

As Admiral Ackbar famously warned in the Star Wars trilogy, “It’s a trap!” Consider how Sebelius couches her call for a probe by her own inspector general:

“We need a thorough review of the contractor performance and program management structure that resulted in the flawed launch of the website.”

That thud you hear is the sound of government contractors being thrown under the bus.

Remember how the “investigation” into the Benghazi terrorist attacks got to the bottom of that scandal? Not. The investigators never even bothered to depose Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

This administration has found it nearly impossible to accept responsibility for anything.

One supposes actual accountability might then be out of the question too.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/22/13 - 12:58 am
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Not Exactly

"Problem was, few really held him responsible – and he refused to hold anyone else culpable."

That's not accurate. "The Defense Department investigation held the commanding officers responsible for inadequate security but also noted that the Marines faced the "unique and difficult task of maintaining a peaceful presence in an increasingly hostile environment."

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/military/2008-10-15-beirut-barracks_...

carcraft
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carcraft 12/22/13 - 08:55 am
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Talk about rearranging the

Talk about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic!! Every body is worried about the web site when the whole law is a catastrophe. Obama keeps rewriting the law to try to stay ahead of the next approaching disaster. Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial that Obama and HHS have ruled that the increase in premiums under Obama careare of themselves a hardship. Read the Wall Street Journal Editorial "Obama Repeals Obama Care ". Very telling about this crazy law!

deestafford
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deestafford 12/22/13 - 09:58 am
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It's my understanding that...

It's my understanding that the people responsible for the modifications and implementation of the American for Disabilities Act has made a ruling that anyone with an Obama sticker on their car can now legal park in handicapped parking spaces.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/22/13 - 09:59 am
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Apparently you still don't
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Apparently you still don't understand how this works.. the president is more of a cheerleader... he doesn't build websites, he doesn't sit down and physically write the laws. He puts people that are thought to be qualified in position to do the work. It's delegation. Unfortunately, he didn't pick the right people to build a website... but, as for the healthcare law- it's messed up. We should have gone to a full national healthcare and skipped this bit.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/22/13 - 10:41 am
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There is no Obamacare law.

There is no Obamacare law. Obama has destroyed the law. He cannot figure out how to implement it, much less actually make it work.....and certainly not how to pay for it.

Obamacare is a catastrophe. The DEMOCRATS are RESPONSIBLE.

deestafford
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deestafford 12/22/13 - 11:03 am
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I can think of nothing that has improved...

I can think of nothing that has improved for the United States under Obama--

-- The Middle East is more unstable and less American friendly than before he took office.

-- Welfare spending is up.
--The morale, readiness, and combat capability of the military has decreased under him not only as a result of his budget cuts but for his using the military as a place of social engineering and equality rather than maximizing fighting capability.

--The racial divide is larger and more hostile than in the past.

--Deviate behavior is more acceptable and perceived to be mainstream.

--The Muslim religion has moved to the forefront as all its aspects have been tolerated; yet, Christianity has been suppressed and shunned.

--Fascist socialism is on the rise and limited government is on the wean.

There are many more destructive things I could include but the above will serve as a few alerts.

Keep in mind that Obama has embedded throughout the tentacles of the government people buried like land mines who will continue to implement radicalization for decades to come.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/22/13 - 11:54 am
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"The Muslim religion has
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"The Muslim religion has moved to the forefront as all its aspects have been tolerated;"

Not quite.... Seems we are still using drones to kill Al-Qaeda.

"...yet, Christianity has been suppressed and shunned."

More like people have grown up and are no longer afraid to admit the difference between facts and myths.

That said, Sebelius and associates messed up pretty badly in the implementation of a healthcare plan for all.

But, a little more needs to be said.

This is just one more editorial with just enough twists on the facts to be nothing more than just another piece of propaganda.

carcraft
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carcraft 12/22/13 - 03:43 pm
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Dahreese, what twisted facts.

Dahreese, what twisted facts. The problem is not Sebelius but the entire law. Obama repeatedly changed the law, the latest being the dead line for having insurance. The law it's self is now a hardship for not having insurance. Sorry this is not a kingdom We do not have a king .

teaparty
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teaparty 12/22/13 - 05:10 pm
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"Dahreese, what twisted
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"Dahreese, what twisted facts."
carcraft, you are wasting your time. Blacks will continue to support the idiot in the whitehouse just because he is 1/2 black and the liberals/progressives will continue to support him because he is their Marxist messiah.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/22/13 - 06:11 pm
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"he is their Marxist

"he is their Marxist messiah"

No.....just a Marxist mess......PERIOD

teaparty
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teaparty 12/22/13 - 06:24 pm
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"No.....just a Marxist
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"No.....just a Marxist mess......PERIOD"
I agree but the progressives won't admit it. I didn't say they were smart.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/22/13 - 07:14 pm
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"President Barack Obama on
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"President Barack Obama on Friday defended his administration's decision to delay for some people the requirement to buy medical insurance under his healthcare law, explaining that the rollout of his signature domestic policy is a "messy process" — and admitting "we screwed it up."

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/obama-obamacare-screwed-up/2013/12/20/
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I suppose the editorial staff didn't check the 'latest news.'

teaparty
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teaparty 12/22/13 - 08:07 pm
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Dahreese, it is a mess but
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Dahreese, it is a mess but as I said, " Blacks will continue to support the idiot in the whitehouse just because he is 1/2 black and the liberals/progressives will continue to support him because he is their Marxist messiah."

KSL
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KSL 12/25/13 - 10:57 am
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He sure thinks he is a king,

He sure thinks he is a king, carcraft.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/26/13 - 08:42 pm
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Listen, folks, if Hillary

Listen, folks, if Hillary gets elected, all of you will be wishing that Obama would've stayed- Obama looks like a John Bircher compared to Hillary.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/26/13 - 08:43 pm
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"President Reagan once took

"President Reagan once took responsibility for security lapses leading up to the terrorist attack that killed 241 U.S. service member in Beirut in 1983. And you really got the sense that he meant it."

Yeah, it was just on the Iran-Contra scandal that he lied through his teeth.

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