I want to go to sleep but am not quite tired enough. Instead of tossing and turning in bed and keeping my wife awake I am going to write.
Some politicians and political groups seek to be judged not by their results but by their intentions or at best a new result they decide on after the fact. They say things like "we really meant to help xxxxx" or manage to use smoke and mirrors to change their desired result. Anyone with half a brain will say that if you adjust the desired result after the fact it is a worthless measure akin to tossing one horse shoe and then taking a light sledge and pounding a metal stake into the ground inside of it.
I am going to use a couple sayings that have stuck in my head for awhile:
Ryan paraphrased his father to say something to the effect of "Life is a result driven sport. I am a successful (redacted) which lots of people want to be. A few others got here and lots didn't. The point is that intentions don't matter, it is about results."
Something that gets pounded into our heads at work "We are playing by big boy rules". We get a lot of rope and if we fuck up big that rope is conveniently already tied around our necks. Ultimately they do not care if you have the best of intentions because at the end of the day fucking up bad is still fucking up bad.
In personal relationships and such we can and do judge by intentions. At one time or another living together everyone ends up accidentally throwing away something that is important to their spouse. We invariably say its not a big deal and mean it because we know they they didn't mean it. I AM NOT MARRIED TO OUR POLITICIALS! Matter of factly they must be held to big boy rules. To take it a step further they must be held to these rules by THE CITIZENS.
I don't care who they were trying to help or what they were trying to do in the slightest. Unless we were having a philosophical conversation at a bar and they meant to grab me a double crown royal but inadvertently got makers mark (which I like also) they need to be held accountable for their mistakes. Of course nobody is perfect and not even Babe Ruth batted 1000 but if they are not held accountable for their mistakes and failures they have no incentive to pursue avenues which are more likely to lead to success in pre determined results. They can mess up a bit and still stay in their positions but if we don't ever take measure of their mistakes how will we know if they are ever getting anything right?