That's a good friend's assessment (he may feel free to take the credit, if he reads this story and so desires) of the most recent writing sample from Harriet Miers. It's hard to disagree.
Some folks will fault her for her sentence construction. Some will doubtless point out that her sentencess seem to be deliberately constructed to thwart any attempt at discerning substantive meaning from them. Myself, I have no room to complain about these things, given the structural quality of my own writing.
However, I know intellectual vapidity when I see it. Additionally, I've sat through more of my share of worthless "diversity training," in which empty platitudes are repeated ad nauseam in a fruitless attempt to control thought through the sheer volume of empty syllables. The Miers writings released today are a horrid combination of the two:
More and more, intractable problems in our society have one answer: broad based intolerance of unacceptable conditions and a commitment by many to fix problems.
We must end collective acceptance of inappropriate conduct and increase education in professionalism.
When consensus of diverse leadership can be achieved on issues of importance, the greatest impact can be achieved.
"An organization must also implement programs to fulfill strategies established through its goals and mission. Methods for evaluation of these strategies are a necessity. With the framework of mission, goals, strategies, programs, and methods for evaluation in place, a meaningful budgeting process can begin."
"There is always a necessity to tend to a myriad of responsibilities on a number of cases as well as matters not directly related to the practice of law." Any yet, "Disciplining ourselves to provide the opportunity for thought and analysis has to rise again to a high priority."
Really, folks. At this point I'm looking for a reason to lay down my sword and at least tolerate this nomination. Instead, every day I find a new reason to return to stage 2. Someone help.