August 5, 2012


Filed under: Psychology and Politics — psychpol @ 2:57 pm

We hear a fairly constant theme from Democrats, and that is the idea that people are not responsible for their actions or life situations. This emerges when job losses are discussed, children of illegals are considered, differential disciplinary methods for black children are addressed or Obama and others speak of their record in office.

The message is “it is through no fault of your own”that your life doesn’t work” or you are in a particular dilemma. Therefore, the “good we” in government will take care of you, even if the majority of citizens do not support it, and even work to provide this. 

If you are the child of an illegal, defined by the Obamaites as “talented”, “exceptional” and valuable to American society, whose fault is it that you are here illegally? Well, it is your parents, no? So, rather than the government giving you a special work status, with 15 million Americans out of work, why don’t you ask your parents to rectify their illegal decision to bring you  here? Logical, no?

In fact, for all of us, we are subjected to certain experiences as children. These can be good and bad, but they do shape our personality, our relationship to society, and even our brain function and potential. Our genetic inheritance comes to us automatically at conception. In a real sense, such consequences are “through no fault of our own.” However, once a person realizes this. it becomes their responsibility to correct it, and, if necessary, to secure help in doing so.

At any moment, we all have the power to choose. However, many of us are on a kind of automatic pilot in life, acting out the early programming in our families. We are sleepwalking in that regard. We may feel independent, but in truth we allow little opportunity to personally grow,

A liberal government, with Obama the most radical example, does not wish for people to act from power and within a framework of independence. Why should they, when their lives are someone else’s fault?

If my employer terminates my job, it is I who chose to work there. It is the person who may then choose a different career, perhaps with the help of unemployment or job training programs. These can be worthy supports on the way to independence if they work. Or, I may choose to see myself as a victim of “the Bush economy” and simply remain passive and at the effect of the government’s (thus, the people’s) largesse.

Who made these choices? It is always the individual. A government that denies this reality and fosters dependence robs us of our power. Some of us are truly disabled and unable to function, it is up to the rest of us to provide assistance. That is right compassion.

But to beat the drum of “through no fault of their own” does nothing but condition many of us to embrace the culture of victimhood, and throw away our potential to succeed and thrive in our society.

This is no gift, and it comes with the terrible price of sacrificing what we might have become. Such a government does us no favor and needs to be changed.



  1. The idea of personal responsibility seems to have lost in the current nanny state. Thanks for sharing your views.

    Comment by psychpol — August 5, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

  2. and that is the essence of the matter, Sally! Thanks!

    Comment by psychpol — August 5, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

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