To conservatives out there, do you believe that American culture and society is becoming more irresponsible, becoming more dependent upon the government to solve their and their family problems? Do you further believe that people feel that they should not have to solve their problems and that the government has the right to provide them with the amenities of life such as decent housing, food, and health care? Do you argue that people are not so concerned with providing decent care for their children, instead they expect the government to provide such care for their children after all their children should receive the best of care although they cannot provide such care to their children?
As an independent I can relate to some of what you say. The children for the last twenty or so years have been told in school that much of what happens to them is "NOT THEIR FAULT". I heard this in PTA meetings, with parent teacher conferences and other parents. When the children do something to another person or their property I constantly hear from the parents or their lawyer it is not their fault and that this should not have an impact on their life in any way now or in the future. That is teaching someone that they are not responsible for their actions and that someone else owes them an apology or compensation.
When it comes down to where we are as a society the opportunities for upward mobility are greatly reduced from a time when I grew up (in the fifties and sixties) to what they are now and a livable wage associated with it. It is not impossible to come from abject poverty to wealth but no where near as often as it was in the past do you see it happen. The wealthy have a better chance through education and prosperity than do the children from meager means.
This is ALL true , But , do we BLAME the wealth in America OR do we include the wealthy and all that they include and provide in the CHANCES that all of us need for advancement in socio-economic advancement !
How can we realistically blame the same thing that we all seek out in our lives ? Anyone understand my point ?
I don't think it is a wealth thing but wealth does have it's advantages when getting a child or someone out of trouble. Just look at the OJ Simpson phenomena. But when something goes wrong in this country we look at blaming someone else to either not pay for our wrong, a moral or ethical deficiency on their part, or cashing in on a jackpot of untold wealth because of someone else's bad judgment. Once again this is a moral or ethical deficiency on an individuals part. We still are the society that believes in the American dream of something for nothing. The more we are compromised by our abilities to provide adequate jobs and opportunity for advancing our income and benefits for ourselves and our families the worse this will get and multiply.
Quite frankly Yes , Americans have become lazy , incompetent , irresponsible ,unaccountable for their own acts ! More than not , a parent todays sees red if his child is accused of something . Or himself for that matter !
Once , although many will argue it , there was such a thing as a 'common sense ' , in that common sense , there was a personal accountability , And , that accountability was for a decent and moral behavior that was outlined by and in all social settings . Today in America most social or public behavior would be likened to the first days of professional wrestling bouts !
This lack of accountability of personal behavior is prevalent in almost all social or public settings , in the restaurant , on the highways , at the games or in the jobsites . I believe the worse part of this decline is this . Is this permanent ? Will it get worse , Or better ?
There is a saying I am sure you have heard many times as we seem to be from a similar generation. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is the "Golden Rule". But to update it to a more modern saying reflecting our greed filled society I have heard it changed to, "Do unto others BEFORE they do it unto you"
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