The text I take for my sermon today is from The West Wing Series 3 Episode 10 "H. CON – 172"

It is President Jed Bartlett who speaketh:

“No one in government takes responsibility for anything anymore. We foster, we obfuscate, we rationalize. "Everybody does it." That's what we say. So we come to occupy a moral safe house where everyone's to blame so no one's guilty.”

I was watching the DVD last night. That was an imaginary President in an imaginary America in 2002.  

It has a resonance in Northern Ireland in 2011 though, doesn’t it?