Deflection of Blame

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Be Responsible

When we stop taking responsibility for our own actions, we have raised ourselves not only above moral law, but perhaps accepted laws for the area in which we live. Today's society at large is in real jeopardy of self-destruction and by their own hand. We just can't seem to accept responsibility for our own actions any longer and with a social system that enables just such bad behavior to go without consequence, why should we expect a reversal of behavior?

Problem here is, unless we do something soon and include ourselves as part of the problem and solution, we can expect to lose much more than just money, we can expect to lose value of human life and the quality of that life as well.

As role models, we the adults, need to act like, well yes...adults. This world has become increasingly over dependent on looking for others to come to our defense and more often than not we are the offending party or the cause of our own problems. A recent example of wrong behavior and for all to see, comes from those we look up to and those who have sworn to uphold the laws of my country, these United States of America. Because of disagreements and a general lack of unity, especially when it involves party lines, we almost had another government shutdown this past 2011. When I say another, I say this because no agreements could be made on budgets in 1995 and then again in 1996

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_government_shutdown_of_1995_and_1996

This is only one example of bad behavior and a genuine lack of compromise due to pride. We currently are experiencing that same behavior from our government and in this health care reform and from bail outs of large corporations that had only their profit margins to consider and not the interest of the public, but of a select few. This coincides with glam jobs, for example: sports, music and film and the real lack of role models in recent years, but the overwhelming desire to emulate and have material wealth has occluded our society and stunted our social growth, outside of status.

The bad behavior of the public/celebrity figures I mentioned here, are often overlooked because of their celebrity status and that only widens an already open sore, one that hasn't been tended to for too long. We need to accept that not all of us will be as fortunate to land such vocations as our celebrites and to those who do, they must put forth a better effort to encourage others to work hard, not only for our well being, but for that of others who are less fortunate as well.

The Destruction of a Nation

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,

promote http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/promote the general Welfare http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/liberty to ourselves and our Posterity (future generations), do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

From these humble and honest beginnings of a nation; we, as a people, have allowed the original intent and meaning of this document to have become a perversion of the truth, a parody to which it was first founded. Welfare is, but one example, although our founding fathers cared for those who would be otherwise shuffled or lost within society, they never intended to have Welfare become synonymous with hand-out. Unfortunately it has become just that a hand-out and often times, people express a sense of entitlement towards welfare, as if they were wronged somehow and are now owed. SO WRONG!

The world does not owe us anything and neither does our government, unless we have paid into our nation, the same nation that provides for our safety and freedom, do we really believe we have any right to expect safety and freedom from both foreign and domestic attack? Why would we expect our neighbor to pay for our food, our utilities and our shelter, if we are unwilling to lift a finger to help them or others? Again and like pride, this involves self, as in one, and not all, so totally out of alignment with We the People.

"Americans, unlike Far-Easterners, Middle-Easterners, or Russians, expect things to turn out well. The constitutional promise to all Americans that they have the right to the pursuit of happiness gives rise to the expectation that Americans are supposed to feel happy. Not feeling happy indicates some sort of failure. The victim says 'it is definitely not my fault.' " http://www.zurinstitute.com/victimhood.html


Because I Can (Bully)

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Bully

Neither government or people have any right or reason to take advantage of another just because they can. Whether it be eminent domain or abuse, there is no excuse, none. Their lack of security just made them too easy a target, they really should have invested in better locks. This is a crazy and fictitious response to why someone might feel they should be allowed to have no, or a lighter sentence and an attempt to manipulate another's thinking. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_manipulation

The recent cases of almost constant squabbling between political parties (last 30 years in particular) only mimics what has been an erosion of morals and ethics in the the US if not the world since the nineteen sixties. With all too many times no compromise being reached until the eleventh hour and our communities, as well as our economy, mirrors the outcome of these bad behavior/ worse decision outcomes.

Look at TV. Prime example "Jerry Springer" who on this Earth, outside of those who live in constant dysfunction, would be willing to air out their differences in the public eye? I find it very sad and not entertaining, knowing that a child may be brought into this world, a world like that seen on the Springer program and for that child to attempt to eek out a living or to try and rise above through higher education. But we, as Americans or...find this entertaining? We have found I suppose someone who is worse off than ourselves and in some twisted manner I suppose it helps us to feel good about ourselves.

No man or woman should have to stoop to such levels, where is our backbone? The no-fault society of today's LLCs and Bail-outs of large corporations and banks, are bringing this country way, way down.The bottom line will be that we will become a nation, like many other nations, of only two social classes, rich and poor.The bottom line that got us to here and will take us to where we don't want to be, is greed! But even within those two classes, I see yet another issue on the rise within them, moral depravity. This issue has been with mankind for thousands of years, but not to the rise I see swelling today. Fifty years ago, look back and look now, where are we headed in the future?


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The time has come

Those who are manipulators will perhaps immediately discard or not even look at this Hub, but for the rest of us, we need to take action to revert this country to the great nation it once was. I personally believe that as individuals, we all contribute to the demise or prosperity (Not necessarily economic) of our nation and only by standing and proclaiming aloud to those who might otherwise harm the morale of this nation, will we ever return to that former glory.

So are we ready to take on this task?

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My Pledge

I will take responsibility for my own actions, even when they are considered offensive by my peers and when made aware of them, my first instinct may be denial of wrongdoing. But I will accept this criticism and compare it to our written and/or moral laws and to the Bible's lessons of fair treatment to others (if I have faith) I will not deflect or project any blame due unto me on to others and furthermore, I will be accountable and held so by society and/or God.

To this pledge you are my witness and I under penalty of repeated offense, will be deemed incapable of truth and therein, not worthy in my word or deed.

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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

I agree with you my friend. As Americans, is imperative for the sake of our survival to re-evaluate this Country's ethics and moral code. I sometimes wonder if our society is so crippled by our own lack of ethics that it will be a titanic task to reverse the process.

If you take a look at T.V. programming today (like you pointed out), we tend to glorify decadence and flat out vulgarity. Why?? On top of this, some are proud to be part of that culture of "Famous" Bad Apples. Even religious leaders have bitten into this growing fad.

Thank you for this excellent piece in social critique.


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

Thank you ananceleste for the acknowledgement of what I have seen in my own lifetime to be a disturbing, yet growing trend.

I even examine myself in this scheme, for it reeks of pride and all other attributes deemed unworthy and unholy, as written in the Bible and felt in certain social circles.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Very good points made in this Hub!

" with a social system that enables just such bad behavior to go without consequence"

This is of course a very bad problem because it encourages poor behavior and as you said an entitlement mentality has been created.

The dictionary definition of welfare when the Constitution was written had an entirely different meaning than it does today. Only since the late 1960's has the dictionary defined welfare to mean an entitlement.


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

Yes wba108, we have become a nation of entitlement it seems. There needs to be a major overhaul of reform by a congress that moves away from the current climate of moral turpitude.

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