Lots to post (about ALA, a show I saw, books I'm reading) but not enough time until this weekend - massive project on at MPOW.
Did want to talk a little about this headline: Bush Spares Libby 30-Month Jail Term (NYTimes - other takes here) Leaving aside the ramifications for the Bush administration, the crime involved or any other political discussion, I want to talk about Loyalty. It's something we teach our students (or children, depending): stay loyal to your friends, to your team, to your family. Loyalty is a good thing, it's the right thing. It's not going to a July 4th party with one friend because you'd said you'd go to a bridal shower for another; it's believing in, and standing up for, them, even when it's not popular or convenient. It's not dating your best friend's ex. It's the Spartacus moment in a relationship.
What's interesting to me is that Bush has loyalty - in spades. He's consistently supported and backed "his" people, unlike Clinton, who made a habit of distancing himself immediately when things got rough. We should be admiring Bush's ability and willingness to stand by people that he feels loyal to; instead we denigrate him for not knowing when to dump them or throw them to the wolves.
Sometimes I think that between the two presidential styles lies the ideal. Or does it? Should we ever teach our children that political (or financial, or romantic) expediency is better than loyalty?