Right On Prof. Bacevich

Andrew BacevichI had this very nice little one-minute video to show you, from Democracy Now (Monday May 11), and this podcast server claims that it will upload videos, but my experience is that it will NOT upload videos, even if I made them all by myself and hold the copyright.

However, the words are so right and so related to what I have been saying the past three days, that I know they will jump right off the page into your brain:

“I think we Americans should be skeptical of this notion that the most powerful man in the world, so called, can solve our problems. He’s not as powerful as we imagine, as he’s celebrated in the media, and quite frankly, looking to the President to fix things is a way of letting ourselves collectively off the hook, of offloading our responsibility onto Washington DC, and again . . . I don’t think Washington DC is going to solve the problems that beset the country. The solutions, if there are any, have to come from within, and in that sense there is an urgent need for citizens to take seriously the responsibilities of citizenship.”

The responsibilities of citizenship are at least two-fold:

1. Study the issues. Don’t expect someone to do something that is impossible just because you want it. Propose solutions that will or might work. If you holler loud enough a lot of people will listen, but nothing will happen unless you know what you are talking about. The powers that be will pat you on the head, smile, and go home and tell jokes about you.

2. Consider what is best for the country — not only what you want. We can’t have everything. Make choices that represent your commitment to the community of man.