Where does the Buck stop now?
In light of the recent demise of James Comey’s tenure as Director of the FBI and the resulting hysterical calls for appointing a special prosecutor from the likes of Chuck Schumer and the rest of the Democrats in Congress, I can’t help but wonder what the gentlemen pictured to the left would think of the apparently total lack of spine demonstrated by those calling for a special prosecutor. There were several criticisms leveled against Harry Truman after his decision to use the atomic bomb to bring an end to World War II including racism, barbarism and the negative future consequences to the United States; however, none of them implied that he had passed the decision on to other “experts”. He made the best decision he could at that time in the interest of the United States himself; without appointing a “special decider” to cover his backside should anything go wrong.
Based upon current political thought, it should strike me as strange that there is no mention of a “special prosecutor” position in either the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Certainly, if this were such an important position as would seem to appear from all the current talk, our Founding Fathers should have had the prescience to enshrine such a position in the Constitution. Yet, in truth, they did not. And, I’ll bet the reason was that such a position, as it exists today, would never occur to them.
In those days, if you served in government, it meant you actually did the work yourself and took responsibility for your own actions.
By the time Harry Truman was President, “Passing the Buck” had become a well-known method to insulate yourself from responsibility in the event of disaster. In the larger bureaucracies of the day — the military being foremost in coming to mind — it was appreciated as a refined art form. The sign on Truman’s desk indicated that you had reached the highest authority. He knew that there was no one to whom he could “pass the buck” to avoid responsibility.
Sadly, that sentiment has not survived to this day.
Today, appointing a special prosecutor is called for over the most insignificant issues regardless of whether or not a facility to investigate the issue at hand already exists within the branch of government in question. What this proves is you can easily generate partisan hysteria and crank up the fundraising.
When Mr. Schumer blays hysterically for his “special prosecutor”, he should remember that he has at his disposal in the Senate the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations which seems to be ready-made for this sort of task.
Maybe it’s time he rolled up his sleeves and got his own hands dirty.