In the good old days, a CEO would hold himself accountable for such a calamity and resign. As Harry S Truman was famous for saying of the presidency, 'The buck stops here.'
But, the buck never seems to stop anywhere anymore. For example:
- Mitt Romney can't remember butchering a classmate's head in a prep school bullying incident. And, we let him slide.
- McDonald's and its ilk continue to rack up record profits while our nation's obesity rates and healthcare costs skyrocket in direct proportion.
- Yankees pitcher Andy Petite suddenly suffers memory loss and, after publicly stating that Roger Clemens had turned him into a juicer, now can't remember the incident ever happening.
- Genuinely bad guys such as Mike Wallace and Steve Jobs are hailed as heroes after their passings; yet each was positively brutal in his dealings with others. Wallace's interview of Secret Service Agent Clint Hill on 60 Minutes remains the single most watched episode (and, the best example of entrapment I've ever seen).
And, speaking of the Secret Service, why didn't Janet Napolitano, head of the TSA, take a bullet for the presidential advance team's boorish behavior in Cartagena, Colombia?
If I were running for the Oval Office, I'd be laser focused on holding our leaders accountable. I'd insist on Wall Street CEOs being fired for rogue trades. I'd demand that any and all Catholic bishops found guilty of covering up pedophilia serve time in prison. I'd haul the CEOs of McDonald's, Burger King and other junk food purveyors before a Congressional board and ask them to explain why they're lining their pockets while expanding our waistlines.
There's more, much more. But, I want to save some ammunition for the first debate with Obama and Romney.
So, forget about 'Forward', 'Change' or 'America First'. My platform is simple, yet fundamental to future success: I want to change the meaning of the letter A in U.S.A. Let's start building a United States of Accountability. Just don't hold me accountable for the results.