I keep thinking, for some reason, of Patrick Fitzgerald, as an authentic American. I remember when he would give press conferences on the Libby case and no one was able to spin what he said.
And I think his acceptance of limitation had something to do with it.
The I-Ching says (Wilhelm/Baynes edition), in the hexagram of “Kou/Coming to Meet”:
The superior man always stays where he belongs. He comes only into his own domain. … The inferior man has to depend on a lucky chance.
I sometimes forget that Scooter Libby was convicted on four of five charges, convicted of lying and obstruction of justice in the Plame affair. I sometimes forget this because, of course, Mister Bush immediately pardoned him.
But Patrick Fitzgerald was able to make the case and convict Libby.
I think of the word “limitation” because of how Fitzgerald spoke during those press conferences. He didn’t try to moralize or speak politically. He spoke only of his job and explained what obstruction of justice meant (the notion of “kicking sand in the umpire’s face”) and stuck to the facts of what he could say. He never deviated from this no matter what the press asked him. So there was nothing to spin.