I really felt like I needed to respond to a recent post by Red S Tater entitled "Entitlement: The New Patriotism?"
I have said it before and I will say it again. America is a great place to live. There is a lot about this land that makes it great. But there is also a lot about it that is not so great. I have stated this on my blog several times.
Red, you mentioned that you think I (or whoever you were addressing in your post) want "to make American less like America and more like countries that have failed or are failing." This is what I would like to address.
Here is a little fact that I need to clue you in on. America IS failing.
When millions of people are out of work...something has failed.
When teenage pregnancy and the abortion rate is skyrocketing...something has failed.
When childhood obesity and diabetes and early heart disease is on the rise...something has failed.
When there are people on the street that can't find work and would rather kill their children to spare them having to live in a rotten environment, and then kill themselves...something has failed.
When high school students are loading up with guns and shooting up their schools because they can't get along with the other students....something has failed.
But who do you blame? Red, you would probably blame the left, and the left alone.
Me? I blame the masses.
I blame the left. I blame the right.
I blame the liberal. I blame the conservative.
I blame the Democrat. I blame the Republican.
I blame them all because they can never seen to agree on anything long enough to make any real lasting changes. They would rather exploit their differences and go on and on about how they are right and the other side is wrong.
I blame politicians. The ones that line their pockets from lobbyists on both sides of any given issue and ensure that nothing ever gets done.
I blame the government. The government has failed us all. But I don't just blame politics and politicians.
I blame irresponsible parents that don't teach their kids right from wrong. I blame lazy parents that feed their kids crap constantly. I blame parents that never should have been parents in the first place.
I blame irresponsible and lazy educators that allow our children to graduate from high school without knowing how to read or how to do simple arithmetic.
I blame big businesses that are more concerned with turning a profit than they are about making a safe product or about taking care of their employees.
I blame the auto industry that engages in dishonest and self-destructive practices and then wants the people that they are screwing to bail them out of their worsening financial situation.
I blame the mortgage lenders that gave loans to people who obviously could never afford their mortgage payments or the one's that didn't know what they were getting themselves into.
I blame the people that applied for home loans that they knew they couldn't afford and did it anyway. I blame the people that did not ask enough questions about owning a home before they knew what they were getting themselves into.
See, I don't point my finger at just one particular group. We are all to blame. We have all contributed to the decline of modern civilization.
I blame George W Bush and his father for the mess we are in just as much as I blame Barack Obama or Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton.
I am not a lefty or a liberal or a Democrat.
I am not a righty or a conservative or a Republican.
I am an American that sees a problem with this country and tries as much as he can to point that out so that the masses can see a point of view that differs from the flag-waving uber-citizen that thinks their brand of politics is the cure for all the ills of society and claims that everything the other side says is wrong and idiotic.
So what needs to happen? How do we fix it? How can we cure this sickness that is happening to our country?
Honestly, I don't know. If I had all the answers I probably wouldn't be sitting here talking to you guys about it.
But I know where we can start.
Both sides of the issues need to get together and talk. Explore their similarities. Brainstorm. Try to come up with some solutions that are mutually beneficial to all.
I have said this time and time again. We all disagree. That is fine. But unless we can spend some time exploring how we are the same and rationally discuss the problems in our country (instead of wrapping our heads around how different our ideologies area and waste our time proving who is right and who is wrong) nothing will ever get done. Ever.