Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Is Admitting to Mistakes UnAmerican?

We've had a rash of hit and run accidents around my town lately.

When the drivers are caught, they frequently turn out to be average citizens, not the heartless sociopaths many had predicted.

Then we have the case of the Bush administration being accused of failing to admit mistakes with the assumption that this failing is an impeachable offense.

Yet we have have enshrined in the Constitution the right not to have to admit our mistakes.

While the Fifth Amendment was likely put into the Constitution to protect citizens against toture...I think it is also an admission of our true nature.

Few Americans readily admit to mistakes unless the admission gains them something more than the admission costs them.

Trying to get politicians to admit to their mistakes is a fool's errand...and a touch unAmerican to boot.


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