Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Torture, WikiLeaks and our lost sanity

Torture, WikiLeaks and our lost sanity is a remarkable essay that recently appeared in our local paper, and neatly sums up a lot of what I’ve been thinking about recent events. I don’t agree with every sentence of it, but I must bow to the logic of it and wonder whatever happened to rational leaders ... and the public that was supposed to hold them to account. When we express our contempt for politicians, aren’t they for the most part the easy targets hiding the real problem -- an apathetic public that whines a lot but doesn’t actually maintain their end of the "checks and balances" needed for government and society to function effectively?