15 July, 2005

Compassionate conservatism

Yesterday, the brilliant James Wolcott penned a missive about the bizarro-world "compassion" of the Bush Administration. But it might have been quicker simply to draw readers' attention to this story, which I believe captures the Bush Administration's level of empathy for the misconvicted, for the tsunami tsurvivors, for the various victims of bombings in Iraq, Indonesia, Israel, you name it, and for so many more I've lost count.
Convergence of Driver, Bicyclist Ends in Arrest: Bystanders Track Alleged Assailant
By Petula Dvorak
It began as a shouting match on a busy Capitol Hill street corner during the frenetic morning commute, a bike-vs.-car incident not uncommon in a big city.

But then the silver-haired, retired Navy lieutenant got out of his car, approached the red-headed ballet dancer riding a bike and allegedly shoved her to the ground, authorities said. He got back into his car and, as bystanders followed him, drove down the block to his nearby office, the bicyclist said.

The man was identified as Ted E. Schelenski, 64, vice president for finance and operations at the Heritage Foundation, a think tank that promotes conservative policies. He pleaded not guilty this week to a charge of simple assault.

(There is much more at the Washington Post site.)

The difference is that the VP-Finance of the Heritage Foundation was promptly hauled off to jail, which is what decent people do to sociopaths in everyday life. For some reason, people are able to pretend that international affairs are different from city sidewalks.

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