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Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Arrogance of Politicians

A day after the I-35 tragedy, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar declared, "A bridge in America just shouldn't fall down."

Within a week, a portion of a mine in Utah collapsed. The structure holding up the roof of a mine tunnel is essentially a bridge. Then three stories of a casino under construction in Nevada came tumbling down. Today part of a bridge under construction fell in Arizona. These things just should not happen, our learned Senator has pronounced.

We knew immediately she was speaking foolishly as she played to the crowd. Within days life has thrown her words back at her. The last two collapses were not aging structures. Even newness does not ensure perfection. Accidents happen even with the best planning. We live in an imperfect world, not a utopia. Not even the Democrats can overcome gravity, the second law of thermodynamics, substandard materials, poor design, poor inspection or plain old human error.

The Dems' enormous inability to understand the failures of people in Socialism is understandable when they do not comprehend the puniness of man in the physical world.

At this point, the cause of the structural failure in each of these four cases is undetermined and may never be known fully. Politicians love to ask us to leave problems in their hands, as if they can solve them, especially by using our money. The world has a way of rebuking the self-important and arrogant through wind, fire, earthquake or simply gravity which keeps tugging until it reveals a man-made flaw in a structure. The world can simply overwhelm us and destroy us. Even the Dems cannot tame the world.

It is flat out arrogance to think that we humans can produce perfection. Reflection on these events of the last week should produce in our politicians a sense of humility and awe at our smallness in the face of a world that can be very brutal. Give us leaders with humility. Wise leaders act and speak with humility because they know the world can make them look foolish in short order.

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