OUR PERMANENT SNOOZE BUTTON | 2002-04-27
Cardinal Law of Boston has been exposed for covering for child molesting priests for a generation. He was so bad that the only thing standing between him and a prison cell is his red hat.
Cardinal Law's job, his ONLY job, is Christian morality. So Cardinal Law just announced that the fact that he has been exposed is a "wakeup call." He says that this should wake him up to start paying some attention to Christian morality.
See February 23, 2002 - WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHURCHES APPEAL TO A HIGHER MORAL AUTHORITY.
The only job of the INS is to enforce American immigration law. They just got two wild scandals which they called "wake up calls" to enforce the American immigration law.
The ONLY job of the giant security apparatus of the United States is to gather information critical to American security. The death of three thousand Americans on September 11, 2001, has been repeatedly referred to as "a wakeup call" to make America's security agencies start gathering information critical to American security.
For the first three years of Whitaker Online, I kept groaning and shouting about the fact that nobody is required to do anything that WORKS (see WhitakerOnline archives 1998-2001, passim). All you need to be a big man in security or the INS or any large church is the right degrees and approval from the other bureaucrats.
There is no substitute for making people do their jobs. Nothing is a substitute for getting rid of people with paper credentials if they do NOT do their jobs. There is no room for any compromise on this.
Until we build a complete revolution on the basis of this uncompromising position, all the death and agony we are getting is exactly what we ask for.