Thursday, September 29, 2005

Authority v. responsibility

In today's Wall Street Journal, columnist Peggy Noonan discusses the difference between authority and responsibility. For Louisiana readers of that piece, there are important lessons to be learned:

News reports and common media wisdom this week suggested Katrina was actually a smaller story than we thought--fewer dead than had been feared, more hype than was helpful. But to me the impact of Katrina is growing bigger and more consequential. It was a watershed event that revealed, unforgettably, the inadequacy of government; the fragility of presidential reputations; the presence of fissures within the dominant party; and the incapacity of the opposition to be constructive in response to the event, or even to show the bare minimum political talent of effectively capitalizing on it. But I think Katrina revealed something else: a change in the relation of the individual and those who would govern him.[emphasis added]
Will Louisiana take note?