Hubris and Humility
Hubris is one of those wonderful words. It’s an ancient Greek word meaning “extreme pride or arrogance.” It often indicates a loss of reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence and capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.
On this President’s Day, I watched the hour-long documentary Hubris on MSNBC. If you didn’t catch it, you really need to. I’m sure they will run it several more times at various times of the day. It is based on a book about the run-up to the second Iraq War. This is probably the impetus that pushed me from Red to Blue. There were other reasons, too, but the fact that our leaders lied to us to trick us into a war that cost the lives of 4,000+ American heroes, wounded 34,000, and killed more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians just gets more and more devastating as the years go by. I wish it could be seen by every American if only to help us vow to never let it happen again.
I can’t find any clips to embed from the doc, but this is equally brutal.
As I watched this documentary, I couldn’t help but wonder if this event essentially caused brain damage within the Republican party. That it created a condition in which they feel they can create any reality they want if they feel the ends justify the means. That’s hubris. It’s where you know better than everybody else, and have the power to enforce it. And it just may ruin the Republican party for a generation, at least.
It takes a long time to make up for mistakes like this. For instance, just last week, the state of Mississippi voted to ratify the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. You know, the amendment outlawing slavery. Seems their collective conscience were a little raw after watching the movie Lincoln, and they felt it was high time to right that wrong — 148 years later.
How long will it take the Republican party to overcome the deaths of 4,000 U.S. soldiers? 34,000 wounded? 100,000+ Iraqi civilian deaths? That’s a lot of blood on your hands. All for lies.
We can’t forget. As Democrats, our hands are not clean either, thanks to a drone program and a kill list that remains secret and without oversight or accountability. “Take our word for it,” we are told. “They are bad people.” I’ve heard that tune before.
Sometimes the best Presidents are the fictional ones:
Or, better yet….