Instapundit had a good question after the Parkland school shooting:
“Accountability” for government died in the fires of Waco.
Looking for 'solutions' to mass killings? Start with punishing failure.
Law enforcement keeps failing, and people keep dying. Where are the consequences? Where is the accountability?
And yet these repeated failures among others keep getting swept under the rug as we look for “solutions” to the problem of violence.
Mickey Kaus was really on point on this at the time.
Over and over we see the Kaus-Reynolds paradox play out:
Am I alone in thinking there's something perverse, even a bit obscene about the current lionization of Attorney General Janet Reno?
She made a disastrous decision that resulted in the loss of more than 70 lives. Then she accepted ''responsibility.'' In a bizarre bit of political alchemy, this somehow protected her from suffering any of the consequences that normally attend disastrously handled responsibilities. Far from restoring accountability, Reno seems to have hit on the formula for avoiding it. Make a dreadful mistake? Go immediately on "Nightline." Say the buck stops with you. Recount in moving human terms the agony of your decision. And watch your polls rise. Truman plus Donahue equals Absolution.
1. A government agency fails.
2. When it finally ‘fesses up, the failure is immediately consigned to the memory hole.
3. The consequences of its failure are then used as a justification for giving that agency more power over ordinary citizens who had nothing to do with the failed policies and botched operations.