Near-Successes of History
[The blog has been quiet lately, because we’re in a crunch time at work, which will continue for the next month or so. I have a lot of articles I want to write, but no time to write them. Alas, most of those topics will grow stale before I can get to them.]
George Carlin had a routine where he questioned why we have the phrase “near miss”. After all, it didn’t nearly miss. It really did miss! It should be called a “near hit”!
I’ve been thinking of a couple of the near misses of history. In these cases, though, they should be called “near successes”.
I remember that incident clearly. I was furious. How could this happen? There clearly is no God. No God that is all-loving could allow such a tragedy to occur.
Jesse Helms was supposed to be on KAL 007, but he missed his flight!
The ’80s wouldn’t have sucked quite so hard, if he’d only known how to get to places on time.
I discovered the second near-success just recently when I was reading up on the Jonestown Massacre.
Congressman Leo Ryan had traveled to Guyana in 1978 to investigate rumors of human rights abuses at Jonestown. Crazy cult leader Jim Jones assassinated most of the congressional delegation as they were trying to depart.
Wikipedia tells us this:
Ryan had also asked his friend Indiana Congressman Dan Quayle to accompany him… but Quayle was unable to go on the trip.
George H.W. Bush’s election campaign (and subsequent presidency? Who knows?) would have been different if his Vice Presidential candidate had been different.
I certainly would have been less nervous in those days. We all lived in fear that something bad would happen to GHW Bush, allowing his thoroughly unqualified Vice President to take over.
I certainly hope our country never gets into that situation again.
Hey, Sarah! There’s another “Congress on Your Corner” happening in Tucson soon! I think you need to investigate!