How about this story - the captain of this cruise liner LEFT the ship when it ran aground. Isn't a captain supposed to go down with his ship? Did he just panic and go into survival mode? His bosses called him and told him to go back to his ship, there were casualties. His ridiculous response, "How many?"
Even if the crash itself is found to be an accident - maybe an accident happened without anyone being to blame - it's pretty clear this captain didn't take responsibility for protecting the passengers, his crew, or his ship itself once the incident occurred. Now the law has to step in to get him to pay the price. The price will be enormous.
From a young age, we teach our children to take responsibility for their actions. The classic "Who made this mess?" answered by "Not me" and "I don't know" isn't acceptable, and kids figure that out - unless of course, the question isn't asked or the lame answer is accepted without consequence. How did this captain get so far in adult life without figuring that out?
This morning, I watched some highlights (I question the word choice, but oh well) of last night's Republican candidate debate. The men squawked and pointed fingers at everyone but themselves. One "may" disclose his tax return sometime soon but seemed unclear as to why this needed to be done. Another blamed his ad company for the content of his ads, pushing aside accusations of inaccuracies as par for the course. And of course 'the liberals' were blamed for every problem mentioned, just as 'the Republicans' will be blamed when the Democratic debates occur.
Reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson. "Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon, going to the candidate's debate. Laugh about it, shout about it and when you've got to choose, every way you look at it, you lose." Still relevant over 40 years later.
First candidate who says, "Let's accept the fact that we're in a mess. We need to work together and stop blaming each other in order to get out" gets my vote. And if a ship captain says that, I might get on his boat.