Accountability: A Government’s Best Friend

Yglesias sums up the average American’s views on Israel in anutshell.:

Most Americans with strong feelings about Israel don’t actually have strong feelings about the details of Israeli policy. Had the Israeli government chosen to talk rather than start bombing back in December, Americans would have supported them. Had the Israeli government bombed for a few days and then agreed to a cease-fire, Americans would have supported that. But instead the bombing was followed up by a land invasion, so they supported that instead.

Needless to say, I disagree with this blind faith in Israel’s decisions, no matter how well intentioned they might be. (Or how right they are.)

This of course isn’t a substance critique, its a process critique. As I’ve said before, being right doesn’t mean your actions are right.

This is why we live in a society of rules, regulation, and most importantly, accountability.

We hold our friends accountable, our political party accountable, and our government accountable. Parents, despite their unwavering love hold their children accountable.


Because people are faliable, groups of people are stupid, and a government without accountability is a tyranny.

There’s a reason we live in a society that holds our representatives accountable with democratic elections rather than trusting in their well wishes and good intentions. Accountability breeds smart decisions.


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