Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Guilt by association

There is, said W. Edwards Deming, such a thing as guilt by association. Perhaps a few others have made the same observation.

More than a few John Kerry supporters are complaining that Kerry did not quickly lash out at the Swift Boat Lie. Perhaps -- and I think it is so -- these complaints are driven largely by a desire to express rage vicariously through Mr. Kerry. Let us not, however, forget our own history: the 17th of November, 1973, when Legitimate President Nixon declared that he was not a crook.

There is such a thing as guilt by association. In 1973, Richard Nixon associated himself, verbally, with embezzlers and burglars. In 2004, by contrast, John Kerry avoided associating himself with deserters and cowards. Yes, the Bush and His minions made such associations, but at least Kerry didn't lend them a hand.

Be angry, but don't victimize oneself with rage. Slow and steady wins the race.

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