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We are supposed to have a system of government in which the lawmakers and legislators are accountable to the people: they are accountable if voters can discern whether governments or politicians are acting in their interests and sanction them appropriately, so that incumbents acting in the best interest of the citizens win reelection and those who do not lose them. But there is another element to accountability, one based not on the strict form of election cycles and instituted policies that a learned and informed constituency can independently evaluate. It is of narratives and biases and predetermined outcomes. It is of perception. It is of raw emotion. It is the mother of Demand and father of Outrage.
In the aftermath of Breonna Taylor’s death, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act. The legislation would prohibit no-knock raids by police such as the one in which Ms. Taylor was killed., but none of that matters to the mob demanding Accountability!. In a terrifying moment for Senator Paul and his wife Kelley as they left the Republican National Convention the night of August 27, 2020, and ran afoul of ‘protesters’. This Accountability was being demanded by a crowd feverishly screaming “Say her name” at the very man who has been a consistent advocate for criminal justice reform, including that specifically related to Breonna Taylor.
But living the slogan life is to never have to live by the words so loosely dispensed from the foaming lips of professional agitators: Educate yourself.
Accountability is looting a Brooklyn Center Dollar Tree, destroying the very place where the community works and shops.
Accountability is firing Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey for the unforgivable offense of defending due process.
Accountability is Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mi.) declaring policing as government-funded murder; inherently and intentionally racist.
This extends far beyond the causes and results of the Summer of Destruction. The Accountability refrain has been used as blowtorch against debate so often it has effectively changed its purposeful meaning in much the same way as Infrastructure: something so bloated with noxious gas, any sturdy probing might release the poison on the whole damn population, suffocating us all. So we shrink from any true holding of account, or enacting punitive repercussions. For that, we either cry out to whoever is within our purview, or stand, mouths agape, as injustice and persecutions persist and even cause our own censorship because we dared confront the powerful.
It extends to the Biden Administration’s subservience to China’s evils. The hostility towards Hong Kong’s freedom advocates, the genocide of the Uighurs in Xinjiang, and the deadly deception hiding COVID has been met with the strength of a wet paper bag – even as China exerts itself on the world stage and thoroughly humiliating American representatives in March at an Alaska summit. Even when asked by kid glove-wearing CNN if China should be punished for misleading the world about COVID, Secretary of State Antony Blinken ineffectually replied (emphasis mine):
You know, I think the issue for us is to…at least to make sure that we can mitigate in much more effective ways any damage done if something happens in the future. And a big part of that is making sure that we have a system in place, including the World Health Organization, that features transparency, that features information-sharing, and features access for international experts at the start of something like this…But we do need to have both accountability for the past, but I think our focus needs to be on building a stronger system for the future.
Strong words for the Sesame Street diplomacy of a President who dismissed the systemic rape and torture of Uighurs in China as just a “different norm”.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has gained notoriety in his brittle dance with Accountability. His much-publicized criticism of the Trump Administration’s COVID response made him a pandemic hero to the lapdog media and Cuomosexual liberals across the country. In reality he oversaw, sanctioned, and lied about thousands of COVID deaths in New York nursing homes. He reaches an exceptionally deep level of depravity when it comes to New York’s Orthodox Jews. Not only did he blame them for spreading COVID in New York City, he targeted their communities for lockdowns and religious gatherings. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise after continuously failing to protect Jews in New York from the savage public attacks happening there for years – and seem to be increasing in frequency as the pandemic lockdowns subside.
Cuomo openly called for then Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh to submit to a polygraph test, insisting that if he did not, his appointment should be pulled. He went further in blasting Republicans, “There is a disrespect for women that this administration chronically exemplifies. After the #MeToo movement, they did absolutely nothing when it came to sexual harassment. They have always diminished the charges of women – always, consistently.” The media and democrats never had to apologize or admit their culpability in smearing Justice Kavanaugh, and now Governor Cuomo will likely never be held to the standard of responsibility for which they demand of others – truth be damned.
In the memory-hole of the 24/7 news cycle, Accountability is weaponized as a smear campaign void of evidence. Brett Kavanaugh as a high school rape-circle kingpin, President Trump putting kids in cages, the Steele Dossier, the Russian Bounty farce, the list is too long to detail, but looks like a jailhouse lineup of the likeliest suspects, all of whom end up judged guilty just by being in the same room. It’s far easier to speak in the clichéd language of Accountability than to go through the actual work of discriminating between truth and lies, solutions and slogans, and responsibility and blame. And when the people demand it of our government in defense of our freedom, we are met with an equal level of trite promises and hackneyed inanities. They gush an outpouring of regrets and hollow apologies, often followed by callous disregard of true victims.
The next time you hear someone calling for Accountability, ask yourself what is really being demanded, and where is the best place to put the asterisk.Published in