Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

You Do the Math

In 1917, it became clear that the US was being drawn into the conflict in Europe. Woodrow Wilson sat down with a typewriter and began to write the speech he would give to Congress before asking them to approve of the US entering what would become known as WWI. The speech was very well received and Congress stood and applauded. After giving his speech, he remarked that it was strange that people should cheer war so, sat down at his desk in the White House, and cried.

In 2003, after months of propagandizing about a war that many still did not feel was necessary and one that is still debatable as a legal war under our Constitution, Bush marched in front of the cameras with a speech he had memorized written by a team of rhetoricians announcing the start of war in Iraq. Before going on television, he pumped his fists and said as macho as he can muster, "Feels good."

Who's the bigger man among these two? Who's the one with a better understanding of our Constitutional process? Who's the one with the real leadership skills? Who's the one with true compassion?