The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Wrong, yet committed.

I guess we can admit one thing about Bush-- like a troubled six year-old, once he gets an idea in his head, he just won't let go. But as Dems (and Ralph Waldo Emerson) have been attempting to point out, "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." When you've been proven wrong but stick to your guns anyway, it doesn't make you a great leader. It makes you General Custer.

The story:

"According to a July 28th, 2000 article in USA Today, back in 1978 when President Bush was running for congress in Texas, "he predicted Social Security would go broke in 10 years and said the system should give people 'the chance to invest money the way they feel' is best.""

Let me predict the right-wing spin-- his statements just show that he was 25 years ahead of his time. All right, seventy years. Give or take.

By the same standards, I'd like to make a prediction of my own-- in ten years, W will be remembered as the president who almost destroyed the American experiment in democracy. Check back in 2085 for the results.