Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Dereliction of Duty

First of all, dereliction is a lovely word.

Vocabulary.com was concise:  a word for neglecting responsibilities.

Oxford Learner's Dictionary gave me this: the fact of deliberately not doing what you ought to do, especially when it is part of your job.

Merriam Webster came a bit closer to what I had in mind with this:  intentional or conscious neglect.

But my favorite, the one that resonated most with me, came straight up from Google: 
the shameful failure to fulfill one's obligations.Emphasis on the shameful, if the man could feel shame.  Duty, something else our former President has taken great pains to avoid (cf Pvt. Bone Spur), is a moral or legal obligation; a responsibility; a task or action that someone is required to perform, according to Google.The moral obligation part is what's missing from DJT, because, as far as I can tell, he has no morals (cf. the Access Hollywood tape).  Cambridge  English Dictionary puts it in language that even our former Commander in Chief (a thought which is still terrifying) can understand:  something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to doThere's that pesky lack of a moral compass again.  You can farm out your job, but doing the right thing rests squarely on your own lap.  And what a capacious lap that is, DJT.  I can hardly wait until the next hearing.  LawInsider.com tells us that Dereliction of duty means that person willfully or negligently failed to perform his or her duties or performed them in a culpably inefficient manner.

I'm looking forward to the evidence they have collected.  

The shit show may finally be coming home to roost.


  1. He has been in a bubble of impunity his whole life -- would be nice to see some consequences come into play.


    1. We shall see. I have more faith in Georgia's investigation than I do in DOJ's willingness to move.

  2. Wouldn't it be wonderful if even for a moment we could see a glimpse of shame on his face. But I don't think we will. He'll try to avoid public shame and just pull a rage in private.


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