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It's Not My Fault! The Lack Of Personal Responsibility In America Today
Updated June 6, 2016
And again today I read another story about how something that happened to someone wasn't their fault, that they aren't violent, that what they did wasn't bad it was just, um "action". Read on and be incensed.
A Stanford student found guilty of sexually assaulting an intoxicated unconscious woman has had his father come out and say that what his son did wasn't really rape it was "20 minutes of action" that will now ruin his life. His poor son can't eat all the yummy snacks he used to enjoy and only eats to survive; he is no longer happy go lucky and the fact that he now has to register as a sexual offender will alter where he lives, visits and works for the rest of his life.
Boo hoo, cry me a river you spoiled ass brat. Another "affluenza" victim of their own actions who doesn't believe what they did was a crime. When will we wake up and hold these people accountable for their actions?
- The Stanford Rapist's Father Offers An Impossibly Offensive Defense Of His Son | ThinkProgress
" is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life."
UPDATED AUGUST 20, 2015
Today I read a story of a 9 year old child, shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri. This innocent little girl was doing her homework, seated on her mother's bed one block from West Florissant Avenue. Her mother was seated with her and was injured in the leg by the shooter.
This occurred Tuesday, yet I have not seen any outrage by the press or the town; no "Black Lives Matter" protesters picketing the streets, drawing focus on this shooting. No sit ins, no walks, no marches to fuel the fire on the loss of an innocent.
Why does the community scream bloody murder when a man with a gun is shot dead by police? Why do they cry murderer when a thug fresh from a crime is shot dead by the ones who are charged with the protection of the community at large? Why is this child not front page news, not the leading story on the 6:00 News?
Is it because she died at the hands of someone other than a police officer? Is it because she was innocent? Is it because she didn't matter? Tell me Ferguson Missouri citizens. Tell me news crews covering the "riots" in this fair city.
I want to know. I demand to know why this child's life doesn't matter as much as Michael Brown's. I demand to know why she isn't being treasured by you like other "young black men" who are shot while defying the law by law enforcement. Is it because one of your own shot and killed her? Is this person one who you are protesting for, who you value above this precious child who was filled with expectations of life, of learning, of love? Does this person deserve your effort more than she?
Shame on you, citizens of Ferguson! Shame on you for not holding yourselves, your own accountable for her death! You should be ashamed to continue to riot, to protest, to cry "Black Lives Matter!" when obviously you mean "Black Criminals Lives Matter More Than Little Black Girls Lives!".
I am ashamed for you. If you truly believe that screaming against the police, defending those who break the law, protecting criminals will net you anything while at the same time you devalue this innocent girl's life you deserve whatever punishment you receive; be it at the hands of those criminals who break into your home and kill your family or when the police appear at your door with a warrant to arrest you and your family.
You deserve it. She didn't.
- Ferguson 9-year-old girl shot dead doing homework on bed
Five bullet holes in the home's exterior mark a deadly shooting in Ferguson, Mo., that saw a 9-year-old girl shot dead while doing her homework.
A black teenager is shot dead during a burglary in Texas. Police are being questioned as to why he was shot. After all, he was unarmed at the time. But according to the officers there was an altercation which means only one thing: he refused to do what he was instructed to to do by the officers. How can this be? He is an innocent young boy; not a danger to himself or others, right?
But he was witnessed on video jumping up and down on the windshields of cars on the car lot; then he broke into a car dealership by driving an SUV through a showroom window before being shot. The dealership's security system notified police because he set off their alarms at the dealership.
But it's not his fault. After all, just because he had been arrested before but because he completed his community service we can't hold him accountable for his previous crime, so he shouldn't have been shot for this one. After all, he was a football star and high school graduate. We should have given him a pass, right?
An excerpt comment from online regarding this case
What follows are not my words, they are an individual's comment regarding this case and an outlook on what is occurring in our country. Like it or not, these are the thoughts.
"So here is the scenario. This black 'beloved sports hero, college sports star, church going kid, who would never harm anyone and would never do a single thing against the law' is caught on camera damaging cars in a dealership after breaking a plate glass window to get inside the dealership and the police are sent to stop the man. He wouldn't hurt a fly right? He's just in there looking at buying a car right? The bully policemen just don't see it that way.
The policeman confronts him. How would the policeman even know the black guy is still in the dealership if he didn't go inside but never mind common sense, the guy advances at the policeman the policeman reacts and shoots the guy.
But wait, this guy is black. He has authority to be wherever he wants to be right? He has 'civil rights' that go beyond the rest of the other races purview, he has civil rights. He can pillage, rob, break into any business he wants to, damage cars at that business because he's black.
No one has the right or duty to stop him. And the police Chief? Hey, he doesn't want a race riot in his town, so let the black guy do whatever he wants to do and don't do the job you were sent to do which was to stop an idiot from damaging a businessman's goods. Instead, fire the policeman, charge him and keep telling everyone that the policeman's training was wrong. Why he should have noticed this guy was BLACK. Had he been WHITE, now that would have been a different story. Then the policeman would have been doing his job RIGHT by killing someone who was advancing on him menacingly.
It has become the job of police chiefs all over America to fear the backlash of anyone in their charge to make sure they only kill white people. And if by chance you do shoot a black man no matter what the hell he's doing, you better find another job and quickly, and get a good lawyer because your Chief isn't going to back you, he's going to fire you and then charge you to keep down any protests and riots by black activists."
On the evening of the anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, he of the ultimate he's unarmed, he's just a boy "victim" profile, another young black man was shot by police. The situation was a bit different this time around, although the outcry by the community may not be any different.
During the relatively quiet protest going on in Ferguson, shots rang out behind the crowd. The police acted quickly, as there were multiple shots, ranging from 40 to 60 depending on the account. Police and State Troopers were on site at the time and an SUV with detectives in it drove towards the shots. They came under fire by this young man and all four detectives returned fire, ultimately putting him on the ground. At present, he is in critical and unstable condition in the hospital.
But again, it won't be his fault. Those evil police had no business shooting this poor black boy. It wasn't his fault he shot at them; no, couldn't be his fault. Just ask his father.
The father of the man shot by police in Ferguson told The Associated Press that two girls who were with his son told him the 18-year-old was unarmed. They said he had been drawn into a dispute involving two groups of young people and was "running for his life" after the gunfire broke out. He said his son was a close friend of Michael Brown and was in Ferguson on Sunday night to pay respects.
"My son was running to the police to ask for help, and he was shot," Harris said. "It's all a bunch of lies ... They're making my son look like a criminal."
But the four police officers who shot him tell a different story. A story where the man ran from them, shooting their vehicle. They even have the vehicle to prove it, complete with bullet holes. The girls who were with him tell a story where the man was trying to sell a stolen flat screen TV to another person. They argued over the price: the seller wanted $40 the buyer was willing to pay $20. A situation arose out of this and shots were reportedly fired. This is when the police enter into the scene and as the groups scattered the man who was shot was chased, shots fired repeatedly until he was cornered while continuing to shoot at the police who then fired more shots until he was on the ground.
But the father refuses to believe his son was at fault. Regardless of his criminal activity both before this night and during the protest. Can't be his fault. No, no way. Not possible.
- Surveillance video shows man with gun before he was shot by police during Ferguson protests, authori
Tyrone Harris, 18, of Northwoods, was charged with assaulting police during street protests in Ferguson.
Junior Seau, whose very name was pronounced "Say-Ow" played professional football with a passion. An aggressive linebacker who did his best to cause those he tackled to "Say Ow" died May 9, 2012 of a self inflicted gunshot to his chest. This past weekend he was remembered during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction in Canton, Ohio. He was not there to accept his due by the football community because he was unable to cope with a society outside the lines of the field which led to his suicide. A wrongful death suit is pending against the NFL, the company he earned his living with because, although he was never diagnosed with a concussion, he evidently had suffered some during his career.
Now his children are suing the NFL, saying it is their fault he is dead, their fault he suffered the concussions, their fault he killed himself. It can't be his fault, no that can't be. I do not mean to be harsh in my thoughts but I am saying that no one demanded he play, no one held a gun to his head after he retired once then came back to play another three years. HE WANTED TO PLAY!!! He chose his profession, he understood that he might be injured, he took the chances. He made literally millions of dollars playing a game. Surely those millions should have allowed him to walk away from this violent game and enjoy a life of leisure, of travel, of pleasure without ever having to step on "the field of battle" again, right? But no, he was most likely dragged kicking and screaming back to the field, forced to make even more money that he would never be able to spend had he lived to a hundred and endure more injuries.
Then, after he retired he found he couldn't cope with a reality away from the violent sport he had played. There is talk of concussions, of a possibility that he had a chronic brain damage which has been known to occur in football players. But because he had no record of any brain damage nothing is known for sure. However, I personally feel that he had a chance to walk away from the game and live a different life, one of leisure and he had the wherewithal to do whatever he desired. He was very wealthy from playing the game. Who can say what drove him to suicide? He was an insomniac, he took prescription medicines for this disorder that much is known. Beyond that...
I loved watching Seau play football because he played it with a zest, a love for competition. But it was his choice; he was not made to take the chances, perform the hits, tackle with every fiber of his being on every play. How can the league be held accountable for actions he voluntarily undertook on the field? If you look back over the years there have been multiple bordering on many instances where a player has been in poor shape at the end of their career. Knees completely shot, hips damaged beyond repair. Players confined to wheelchairs in some instances. But the one fact remains: these people chose to play the game. They were paid, often fabulous amounts of money to play a game. The fact that they injured themselves while playing or after retirement the injuries crept up on them and caused them further pain has to be on them. Not the league, right?
People, we are not children who have to be told fire is hot; who have to be reminded that the law is the law; who are unable to understand right from wrong. We should know better! We are accountable for our actions!
I have read online in multiple conversations that we have a nation of blacks that are demanding respect; demanding respect from whites and from Government. The general comments along this line decry those same blacks saying you don't demand respect, you command it of yourself. To me, the only way to get respect is to first own your own behavior; begin to respect yourself; and only then can you ask for respect from others by earning it. Words do not get you respect. Demands do not get you respect. Deeds get you respect, and the deeds which are attributed to this group of individuals, the thugs and protesters are those of criminals. I am sorry, but the only place I know of in America today where this type of action gets one respect is in prison and that is through fear. If the protesters in Ferguson are trying to intimidate the country into giving them fear, they are sorely mistaken. If the black community at large are trying to intimidate the country into giving them respect, they will be shocked into reality when their actions net them more actions against them.
People, whether intentionally or not we have become a nation of weaklings through political correctness, through having blinders on to the rest of humanity, through ignorance of others plight. We have allowed our Government to create an entire class of people whose sole purpose is to get the politicians elected. Minorities without jobs, living on the Government subsidies has created a subculture that breeds more people who continue to expect to live on that subsidy. They are not held accountable, they do not have to work, they do not desire to work in some cases. They exist for the sole reason of living to elect their leaders thereby continuing their poor existence.
They say they do not have opportunities to advance, then protest and burn the businesses that service them in their communities. They cry that the police are killing their children then send these children out to deal drugs, join gangs, loot, rape, pillage the neighboring entities. They bewail that Whitey is out to get them, then attack others who have done them no harm. Statistics show there are far more black on black murders than black men killed by white police, yet there is never an outcry over that. Why?
They say it's not their fault, yet they do nothing to halt the terror in their own communities. They refuse to say no to the drug crimes in their midst, say no to teaching their children a different way, say no turning in a criminal in their own family or group of friends. Until they police themselves, stand up and be counted as productive members of society they will not be able to understand why they are being treated as they are.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina another unarmed teenage young man was shot and killed by police. Haven't heard about this one? A drug bust gone wrong, a police officer approaching the car when the young man accelerated towards the officer. Shots fired in defense and another dead youth.
Yes, this one was white. Is there a reason you haven't heard about his one? Same type of incident with a police officer approaching, demanding the person accept what is occurring and be compliant. Their refusal for whatever reason, attacking the officer who then shoots to halt the threat. Another young man lost. No public outcry, at least nowhere near what these other cases have had. Another set of parents grieving for their lost son while demanding an answer to the question of why. Why did their son have to be shot and killed? Answer the question yourself: because he refused to follow the law. He chose this course of action by refusing to not do drugs and as a result was in a bad place at the wrong time. An officer caught him, instructions to stand down were refused and an attempt on the officer's life resulted in the shots being fired. Perhaps you, the parents, should shoulder the blame to some degree for not holding your son accountable and learning the lessons all who desire to be a part of society have to learn: we are under an obligation to work together, follow the law and do no harm. If we choose to ignore those simple little rules we are accountable for our actions.
How damn simple is that?
Does anyone else notice there seems to be a lack of taking responsibility for one's choices today? That fewer and fewer are actually accepting the reaction that comes with their action? Sir Isaac Newton figured that out, oh some four or five hundred years ago didn't he? I would have thought more people would have been aware of that in the intervening centuries, wouldn't you?
If you perform an action, there will be a reaction. If you push a swinging door, it will swing back. If you shoot at the police, they will shoot back. If you break into a business, the police will come to get you. If you resist, they will force you into submission. How hard is it to understand? If you break the law, you will be held accountable.
When did it become acceptable to remove one's self from the actions they perform voluntarily, on purpose, with thought and/or malice and eliminate themselves from all blame? How does a group of individuals think it is acceptable to celebrate a criminal's death, a death that occurred while he was doing something illegal, something that put him in direct confrontation with the law? Why is this person not condemned by his peers, his family, his city? Put him up as an example of how not to act rather than glorifying him as a "lost little boy", one who was murdered while he was innocently skipping home from church.
When will the masses patrol themselves and remove those who cause harm to them rather than protect them, celebrate them? If they are unable to join humanity then perhaps the time has come for them to separate from humanity.
Maybe those movies Escape From New York and Escape From LA weren't too far off after all. Ironically Escape From New York was filmed primarily in St. Louis.