It seems that every time you turn the TV on, there’s some media outlet ranting about how bad our federal government is, from the President down through the ranks. Liberals blame the conservatives, the conservatives blame the liberals and the libertarians, well they blame the other two. Why is there always finger-pointing? Why must there be someone to blame? Our culture is filled to overflowing levels of the blame game. It always has to be someone ELSES fault.
Now, it’s always someone elses fault when something doesn’t go the way we want. We will take the credit when something goes our way, right? Or if something we have done brings a positive response from other people, right? Let’s look at a very easy and common example. Raising children is a challenge. If you have children, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t have children, just ask some one who does.
Over and over again we read and hear about examples of children not getting good grades in school. Programs have been implemented, funds generated and dispersed to update schools with new books, computers, etc. But, when the reports come out on how well the students are doing and it’s a negative report, what happens? The parents are the first to cry out that the school system and teachers are to blame! The school isn’t organized. The teachers aren’t showing proper attention to the students. The text books are religious biased. The list of excuses during the blame game is long. No recognition that any of the issues lay on the child or wow, here’s a stretch….the parents!
So let’s look at this example from the other direction. What happens when the students get marvelous grades and are all excelling? Those once finger-pointing, blame inducing parents are suddenly beaming with pride! It’s almost like they are taking the credit for the marvelous grades that their children achieved. Where is the recognition of the hard work that the school and teachers are doing? Often times there isn’t any.
Like I stated earlier, when something goes the way we want, we are more apt to take credit for the action. We are less likely to openly praise the source for their involvement. On the other hand, when something doesn’t go the way we want, we are incredibly quick to blame some one ELSE for it. Our culture is being attacked by the disease of blame. Our culture is feeding the disease too.
Having gone through the example, let me get back on track with my point. This idea that all politicians are to blame for the problems our Nation is currently facing is rubbish. The idea that President Obama is solely responsible for the lack luster economy, the out of control national debt and the jobless rate are rubbish too.
We the people, are too quick to point the finger of blame. We the people need to understand that there is a much larger picture. We the people need to realize that we are as much to blame as the politicians. Past and Present. We the people need to wake up, and read the United States Constitution again. Or, maybe for the first time.
I know what you’re thinking. WE ARE TO BLAME?! How could, we the people, be to blame? We aren’t the people writing laws, spending too much money that isn’t ours, soapboxing about issues that only effect small percentages of the population, and writing legislation to give ourselves raises! We the people are not in Washington! Well, I think it goes deeper than what we are seeing on the surface. No, of course, we the people are not in Washington. No, of course, we the people are not directly writing laws.
However, there’s another angle to the greater picture that we the people must remember. WE THE PEOPLE are responsible for what happens in Washington. Why? It’s simple really. We voted these people into their respective offices. Because we the people voted them in, that means we pay their salary. Because we the people are paying their salary, that means we the people have the right to know every single thing they do. The problem is, we the people, don’t pay attention to what they are doing. It’s nothing new, mind you. We the people have not been paying attention for decades. If not longer.
Let me put this concept in a different context. Picture yourself at an electronics store. You have been looking at several different plasma flat screen TV’s. As you research and investigate the details of each individual TV, observing their pros and cons, you make a decision. You pay the clerk for the TV and take it home. Over the months, you, your family, and your friends all enjoy the TV. Then one day, it doesn’t seem to work the way it used too. Something is wrong. You paid a lot of money for this TV, so you go back to where you purchased it and register a complaint. The clerk is friendly, but informs you that there is nothing they could do. You are stuck with the TV they way it is operating. You complain a little louder this time. The clerk begins to fire back and explains that you had not filled out the registration card for the TV when it was purchased. Because you didn’t get personally involved with the registration of the TV, there was nothing that could be done. Great. Now you’re stuck with an expensive TV that doesn’t work the way it should and you’re out a whole lot of hard-earned money.
This is what’s been happening in the politics of this country for decades and decades. We the people are not following through. We do a little research on a candidate, then vote them in. And there is no more involvement. Then we get all bent out of shape when they don’t do what we had wanted them to do. Or, they don’t do what we voted them into office to do. We wouldn’t dare buy a big expensive TV and not follow through with the warranty or registration! That’s your hard-earned money! Well, isn’t the concept the same when it comes to electing politicians? The money we are required to pay to the government, in the form of taxes, pays their salary. That’s our hard-earned money! Why aren’t we actively involved in every single thing they do? Why are we the people not demanding accountability for their actions? Why are we the people allowing our government to get away with the things they get away with? Because we are not involved. At least not to the point that we should be. Out of sight, out of mind.
So, the question is, can we change this attitude? Can we go back to the ideals of when our nation was founded? A government of the people, for the people. How can we change? You need to ask yourself that question. Do you WANT to change? Do you WANT to see our government change?
Get involved. Know what is going on in Washington. Know your State’s Senator(s), Congressmen, Representative(s). Write them letters. Ask them want they are doing with their time. What are they involved in. What are they directly doing for the State and the people who live there. What are they doing for YOU. Ask them what they are doing with your money. After all, it’s your money. You have the right to know what they are doing with it and why.
So, it’s not all their fault. We the people need to take some responsibility. We need to hold those we elected, accountable for their actions.
WE THE PEOPLE need to get involved. We need to do our part. After all, it’s OUR nation.