Personal Responsibility

If there is one thing lacking recently that underlies all of our problems it is a lack of personal responsibility. It goes hand in hand with the entitlement society of course. If we choose to have a society where the individual needs to have no more responsibility than a five-year old, why would we be surprised when a large proportion of the population takes advantage of it. After all we raised them to do the easier wrong rather than the harder right. That’s what teaching them that everybody deserves a ribbon is. Everybody doesn’t, the winner does.

I could say much the same thing about grading on the curve. What you get is the least bad getting the 4.0. It’s like running away from the bear, you don’t have to run faster than the bear, just faster than somebody else. That works for hungry bears but, it’s not a recipe for excellence.

And so we get to Joe Soptic. He worked for a company that was failing but, Bain Capital saw something that made them think they could save it. I’m guessing from its location that it was a union shop and the union wouldn’t negotiate but, I don’t know that, doesn’t matter anyway. For three years Bain kept it open, trying to make it profitable, for whatever reason they couldn’t, so they closed it, like a responsible business, not to do so would endanger the rest of the company. So Mr. Soptic was out of work, it happens to us all at some point.

He took a job at half the pay, OK, whatever. I don’t know if he looked for other jobs in his skillset locally, or regionally, or nationally, it’s none of my business anyway. His wife was working and had benefits, including insurance, and he was working for the school district, which almost without exception have insurance also. He says he couldn’t afford routine check ups for his wife. to me that sounds like someone with screwed up priorities, did he have a TV, go out to dinner, have air conditioning, any of those things? If he did, then he could afford routine check ups, he chose not to have them.

But somehow it’s Mitt Romney‘s fault (remember without Romney he would have lost his job years earlier) that his wife had untreated cancer that killed her. Sorry, give me a break, it’s no one except Mr. and Mrs. Soptics fault that it was not treated, could it have been gotten into remission, nobody will ever know, because the Soptics were negligent in their health care.

Here’s the ad, so if you so choose you can feel as sorry for him as the administration does.

Personally I’ll pass. He made his choices just like an adult so, just like a grown up, he’ll have to live the consequences of those decisions. Just like the rest of us.

And incidentally, or not, the amount of lying from democrats surrounding this ad is even more despicable than usual.

I’d be a lot happier with Romney if he had said this instead of me, by the way.

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19 Responses to Personal Responsibility

  1. JessicaHof says:

    Yes, this playing the victim card is detrimental to any sense of personal responsibility?

    • Very much so. In fact I think it precludes it entirely.

      • JessicaHof says:

        Yes, indeed, it encourages the opposite.

        • Yep, the current cant is: The race to the bottom.

        • JessicaHof says:

          I am afraid so.

        • The real question is, are we soon enough or have we passed the tipping point?

        • JessicaHof says:

          In the UK, yes, but even here we are discovering there are limits.

        • There are several parts involved. Here, and it looks like there too, we’ve lost the institutions including the judiciary which is the final established government bulwark. Congress we’re working on, Romney is at best a palliative. The last tipping point is the voters, our advantage is a more open system, somebody like Rebecca would not, I think, survive there. Here we have some, and are developing more.

          But it seems like you need a new party, and I don’t really think UKIP is it. They just aren’t a big enough tent to attract enough people, unless they figure that out, of course.

        • JessicaHof says:

          Yes, you are right, alas, someone of Rebecca’s independence could not survive here – more’s the pity.

        • More’s the pity is right. Somehow, and I doubt any American knows enough to advise, you need to find a way to develop them, they are the only thing that keeps the whole system running. In truth, there is little to choose between Rebecca and Cong. West except for the letter behind their name. I suspect the GOP is heading for the scrap heap, in all but name, they stand for nothing anymore.

          It does seem to be a systemic problem of the parliamentary system. Somehow, someway you have to get new people in charge. One thing we are proud of, which would serve you well also is: Carter and Obama both complained that America is ungovernable and got a roar back that “You’re right and it’s feature, not a bug”. Where you find politician with enough guts to trust the people, I have no idea, but there just has to be some of your people like that (besides you and C, of course.) :-)

        • JessicaHof says:

          Problem is, in part, that decent people don’t want to stand for parliament, which had less power than it used to have, and which is full of lawyers. I don’t see any solution, alas.

      • Yes, same problem here, for as long as anybody can remember kid’s have been told, with reason, that’s it’s a dirty profession. We have far too many lawyers in government as well, let me rephrase that, we have far too many lawyers.

        We’re currently, it seems, getting our best people from amongst serious Christians and retired combat arms military, which are both areas where there is a lot of integrity, which is the key. But you don’t have to make one fell swoop either. Deb Fischer, our Senate candidate, is quite well connected but also seems to have stayed reasonably independent, which would indicate that having a real career or business in the real world is also a help.

        I assume your Parliament is losing power to both the government and the EU, if so, that’s a very bad combination for maintaining freedom. I suspect part of your problem is that you totally emasculated the House of Lords which should have been more conservative and able to check the worst excesses of the commons, and government.

  2. giliar says:

    The most disturbing thing about all of this is some people will see that ad and will buy the entire story!

    • Many will, and I don’t know what can be done about it, to a point Goebbels was correct. It would be so much better if Romney would support capitalism as a moral system instead of trying to beat these ads separately.

      When we concede the moral high ground, Giliar, we lose, as we should. He’s also too slow and too cautious. it’s a strategy for losing just like McCain. If he’d defend it morally, we could pretty much drown out the opposition but with this ad hoc nonsense there’s not much we can do for him. Damn all Republican consultants.

  3. Well said, my friend!

    • Thanks, Barb.

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