Sunday, July 08, 2007

People Don't Change

Frank Rich's column this morning in the New York Times was called "A Profile in Cowardice." If you haven't guessed, it was about President George Bush.

Rich points out, as we all grow to learn as we get older, that people don't change, and he draws a parallel between the younger George Bush who skipped out on his service in Vietnam and the older George Bush who unfortunately is now the commander in chief of the world's most powerful military force:
Mr. Bush’s failure to have the courage of his own convictions was apparent early in his history, when he professed support for the Vietnam War yet kept himself out of harm’s way when he had the chance to serve in it. In the White House, he has often repeated the feckless pattern that he set back then and reaffirmed last week in his hide-and-seek bestowing of the Libby commutation.
Rich's full argument about the Bush cowardice is here. And it's worth reading.


Anonymous said...

Obviously George W. Bush hasn't changed, and I don't expect him to, but if it's universally true that people don't change, then why should we listen to Sen. Harry Byrd? Why not listen to the right-wingers who point out that Byrd is a former Klansman?

mim said...

Sorry, I mean Sen. Robert Byrd.