Governance 101: Oh, we were just kidding …

Can we believe anything from Washington any more? This example demonstrates not only total folly, but dishonesty as well if indeed Rep. Olson’s report is accurate. There is every reason to believe it is so because other, independent, sources recounted Bolden as having made the “outreach to Muslims” statement on various other occasions. Read on.

Call it a failure to launch.

The White House is disavowing a plan to have NASA conduct outreach to Muslim countries, but a congressman who talked to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden about that plan last month said the initiative was very real until somebody slammed the brakes on it.

Rep. Pete Olson, ranking Republican on the Space and Aeronautics House Subcommittee, told that Bolden described the outreach program as part of the administration’s space plan during a conversation they had in June.

“He confirmed it to me,” Olson said. The Texas Republican said he thinks the program existed until the “uproar” compelled the administration to rethink it.

via – NASA Outreach Program ‘Confirmed’ Despite White House Denial, Rep Says.

Are we back to what is “is?”  What other group, other than the White House and various individual members of Congress, so continually parades forth with:

  • I didn’t say that.
  • I didn’t tell him to say that.
  • You misunderstood what I said or what I meant.
  • If I said that, I was mistaken (or didn’t really mean it, or ….)
  • I was just trying to get a reaction.
  • I might have said something close to that, but ….
  • What we really need to talk about is ….

What group indeed? The children I have in juvenile court!

A representative republic cannot survive without Statesmen. Our founders were Statesmen and they created this grand experiment — America: The Last Best Hope (Note 1) — on the assumption that it would be governed by Statesmen.  True Statesmen don’t prevaricate and when others do, a Statesman will cry foul.  Where, oh where, are the Statesmen?  That’s a topic for another day.

Note (1)  Thanks to Bill Bennett for the purloining of the title of his very fine work of history.


About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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