Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dinner Conversation

Conversation around our dinner table has been focused on two things: the Red Sox and the economy. With the Red Sox appearing to tank as badly as the economy, we are left wondering WHY--why has this country strayed so far from her bedrock principles? Why are so many people abandoning the precepts of hard work, personal responsibility, and free trade in favor of handouts, wealth redistribution, and welfare?

The crux of the issue is our abandonment, as a society, of personal responsibility and accountability--and it is pervasive! We have turned into a society of victims--nothing is our fault. Cheat on your wife and lie under oath? Not your fault--you are a victim of the vast right-wing conspiracy! Brutally murder your wife? If the gloves don't fit, you must acquit! Buy a house you cannot afford? Fail to make payments? Not your fault--the guy who loaned you the money should have known better--no need for YOU to do the math! Pal around with domestic terrorists, anti-American radicals, and corrupt businessmen? Not your fault--you thought they had been rehabilitated! Besides, the press won't hold you accountable, anyway! Go ahead and run for President--even though your resume doesn't qualify you for president of your homeowner's association!

Why is this important? (It depends upon what your definition of "is" is.) It is important if you think character matters. It is important if you think that the leaders of your country should be answerable for their actions and decisions. It is important if you want to teach your children how to be decent human beings.

Congress Versus the President

We have the most ineffectual Congress in the history of the nation, yet we hear no groundswell of protest from taxpayers wanting to "throw da bums out!" What we hear is vitriol and hatred for the sitting President, as though he were solely responsible for the state of the universe. The Congress has been controlled by Democrats for two years under the leadership of Pelosi and Hoyer, and yet they refuse to take responsibility for their failure to address issues ranging from the economy to immigration to pork barrel spending to energy. This is appalling. More appalling still is that 4 out of 10 Americans think that the GOP still controls Congress.

Liberals want to arrest President Bush and Vice-President Cheney for "war crimes," yet 29 Democrat Senators and 81 Democrat Representatives (including Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Charles Schumer, Steny Hoyer, John Murtha, and Henry Waxman) voted to authorize military action in Iraq. Those 130 Democrats refuse to accept responsibility for their own votes, claiming they were "misled" by the data--the same data the President had available.

The party that pranced into office claiming they would reform pork barrel spending and restore ethics to the hallowed halls of Congress has done neither, and the people of this country say nothing.

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