This anniversary serves to help remind the American people that in the wake of one of the greatest political scandals and misuse of power in our history as a nation scandal produced important reforms that served this nation well for two decades.
I thought I was going to be killed. The casualties were so heavy it was just a given. I learned to take each day each mission as it came. That’s an attitude I’ve carried into my professional life. I take each case each job as it comes.
There is an increasingly pervasive sense not only of failure but of futility. The legislative process has become a cruel shell game and the service system has become a bureaucratic maze inefficient incomprehensible and inaccessible.
The experience of learning how to get straight to the core of a problem proved to be of immense value later when I had a long succession of responsibilities in large complex government departments.
Though every legal task demands this skill it is especially important in the effort to frame public policy in a way that is properly responsive to human needs and predicaments. The question is always: How will the general rule work in practice?