It’s a phrase I heard over and over again growing up in a conservative state:
“People shouldn’t need welfare. They should take some personal responsibility for themselves and find a job!”
“Why are all these kids complaining about paying back student loans? They need to take some personal responsibility for taking them out in the first place!”
“If he didn’t want to get addicted to drugs, why did he try them in the first place? He should take some personal responsibility for being a drug addict.”
It’s amazing how fast that last argument turned around after rural, white Americans started killing themselves with opioid addictions and overdoses. Suddenly, drug addictions weren’t a personal fault at all, but a massive conspiracy between the drug companies and the doctors to victimize poor, rural Americans.
And it was no different once I reached a more liberal town and a liberal university. Personal responsibility was always at the forefront of discussions.
You need to choose a major that will give you a good return on investment so you don’t have to rely on anyone else. Take some personal responsibility and learn the skills you’ll need to succeed.
You can take out these loans to get through our outrageously expensive university where your professors will tell you to watch YouTube videos instead of actually teaching the class. But remember, you’ll have to pay them all back at high interest rates. Because that’s your personal responsibility!
Too bad you’re graduating into a recession, which will cripple you financially for the rest of your life. You’ll just have to take some personal responsibility and bootstrap yourself out of the situation.
And yet, despite the constant call for personal responsibility in America, I can’t find a sign of it anywhere.
No matter where you look these days, it’s finger pointing. Did Russia rig the election or China? Who is more corrupt: Democrats or Republicans? Which billionaire is funding who and why? Whoever it is, it’s all their fault the [insert ongoing U.S. disaster here] is happening!
Conspiracies pile on top of one another — a new one every day—creating a vast web of nonsense that’s absolutely impenetrable. And it’s all in the name of blaming someone else.
I never thought I’d be the person calling for personal responsibility, but here I am, U.S. of A. Stop making excuses.
The United States sucks. It’s that simple.
In the U.S., we have killed thousands upon thousands of people in the last year totally unnecessarily—all in the name of personal freedom and in reverence to our God: capitalism. And you can just add that to the other death tolls our country has racked up over the course of history.
And there’s no one to blame but ourselves. We are the ones who continue to worship the capitalist state. We voted in Donald Trump (yes, the American people put Trump in office, not Russia) and it wasn’t because of economic anxiety.
Donald Trump represents the ideal of the United States better than any public figure I’ve ever seen. He’s rude, uninformed and proud of it, uncouth, greedy, racist, sexist, and just an overall detestable person. He runs casinos and openly hates the poor, i.e. the losers. And he’s been popular on television and in movies for decades.
The United States is a casino land of nightmares—and it seems Americans like it that way.
So it’s time for the United States to turn the magnifying lens on itself. Time to take some personal responsibility. Do you want to live in a failed state? Because that’s where we are now. Or do you want to rebuild a country that can function properly and care for its citizens?
Donald Trump was the not the one who destroyed our nation. We did. Donald Trump is America looking in a mirror and seeing itself for what is: a disgrace. A land marred by a history of murder, slavery, pain and resentment, shining with gilded wealth while the poor kneel in the gutter.
Electing Joe Biden does nothing to change the United States. Joe Biden will not restore our nation. It is WE THE PEOPLE who must change this country. But we must be willing to take on that responsibility.