As I watch news programs this week, it occurs to me that the pace and the urgency of the economic bailout discussion continues to spiral beyond the ability of most of us to process it. And I do begin to wonder whether anyone is really processing it at all. And I do begin to believe I’ve seen this all before.
In late 2001, as we all continued to panic over the attacks of September 11th, I began to get more and more suspicious of the Bush Administration and it’s intentions with all the power grabs and ostensibly military actions. Everything was moving too fast. That suspicion has continued to this day. I’d argue, of course, that those fears were justified.
But is this the way we’re going to expect to be governed from now on? Short-sighted politics preventing action on the most basic things for the majority of the time, followed by the next crisis where everything happens at once? I’m reminded of Winston Churchill’s description of war: long spans of absolute boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
I don’t claim to have any better answers than those being presented on the national stage. But maybe we aught to consider the pace at which we’re moving as a problem in and of itself worth dealing with.