“What went wrong?” is the question we pretend to ask. But what most of us really mean is: “Whose fault is it?”
Who can we blame?
It’s important to have a scapegoat, preferably a human being or a group of them. Assigning fault is not only a soothing process; it’s one helluva way to make a political point. Got some enemies you don’t like? Wait for something horrific to happen, then hop on your “political hobby horse” and find a way to pin it on them.
Thus the blame game is under way:
Was it a design flaw?
Tensile fractures produced by jackhammers and sloppy construction planning? Weak steal?
Poor infrastructure? Was it the Republicans? Yeah, that’s it, lets blame the Republicans! If only Bush would have taxed Wal-Mart and Exxon, he never would have had to travel up to Minnesota to “inspect the damage.”
Or maybe it was the Democrats’ fault for hindering capitalism and privatized contractors? Big Government, statist liberal pricks. Why does everything have to fall on taxpayers?
You may have noticed how the explanations have gotten increasingly asinine. But if you’re looking for the group of finger-pointers with the most creative explanation, look no further than Fred Phelps and the “jesus Hates Fags” Right. Just about anything shitty that happens in this country–whether its skyscrapers exploding, hurricanes exterminating poor people, or bridges collapsing–can be traced to the rise of homosexuality, as far as Phelps’ growing contingency at the Westboro Baptist Church is concerned. God is punishing America for excessive equality and sexual tolerance. To save us from further attrocities, the “jesus Hates Fags” Right has agreed to picket at the funerals of everyone who died when the bridge collapsed.
They hold these truths to be self-evident that some white men are created relatively equal. This is their America: “one [divided] nation, under [their contrived, hypocritical, and idiosyncratic] god–with liberty [for few] and [the antithesis of] justice for all.”