It is difficult for me to understand why we as a society continue blaming the victims along with the people who are here to protect us over the person or people who caused the situation or heart ache in the first place. It certainly does not teach us anything as a Society and I can’t think of a single positive result that can come out of it.
It happens everyday in our Country and still it goes on unnoticed and as a result, unchanged. People who are guilty of crimes sit back and let the innocent take the fall for them in prison. Rape victims are blamed for the way they dressed or if they drank alcohol. Mugging victims are blamed because they should have known better than to be out at that hour or walking in the location even when the mugging often takes place on busy streets. What is happening in the gulf oil spill is just more of the same. It is easier to blame the absence of government over the Company that has provided their livelihood during the years.
We all know people who when they get along in age who blame others for their own lack of success. If such and such had just given them that one big break! Never mind they were doing the same when they were younger. It wasn’t their fault they were late for school or work as someone else forgot to get them up to go to school or work, for instance. It would never occur to them that by the time most people are 12 or 13 they are getting themselves out of bed and taking responsibility for their own actions or behavior, since they never learned the value of self motivation.
How many times is the camera turned on to the police departments across America with someone just waiting to yell “Police Brutality”? There are times that it may be legitimate but most of the times police are doing their jobs. How much force would you use if someone had their hands all over you, was trying to escape or pushing you around, or was reaching for your weapon?
They’re certainly are a plenty of reasons that “we the people” should be mistrustful of government but don’t you have the wrong people, folks? Because of our own general malaise or apathy during the previous Republican administration aren’t we now taking it out on the people who have been elected or assigned to fix the mistakes of the previous administrations?
Many of the same Republicans that should have played a more responsible role in finding housing for the victims of Katrina but instead took upwards of a year or longer, in some cases, are now the same critics that are complaining because it took Obama less than 2 months or 57 days to be exact, to wait until British Petroleum could come up with bank accounts in the total of 20 Billion and 100 Billion dollars to pay ligitimate claims.
Although Americans were still living in the abestos filled campers three years later during the Katrina tragedy and it can take banks as long as 6 months to close on the sale of a foreclosed home purchase, these same hypocrits are now complaining that it has taken less than 2 months to come up with 120 billion dollars that have been cleared to pay the people of the gulf that have loss money due to Corporate greed. The media is working over-time to express the same sentiment.
One could assess the over-reaction towards Obama, as a direct result of the public having done nothing when we should have done something if it was under normal circumstances. After all, it is the American Way to over-react or to under-react. It is true that some of us have a 15 minute retention span and many think life works as it does on television in that everything should be fixed or solved in 30 minutes. None of that however, explains the paranoia that exists against Obama.
The problem with this assessment as versus past assessments is, why did the complaints start so soon now just as it did following his election and why is there apparently no end to the dollars that are being put down in the primary elections? Why does the Tea Party appear to hate Republicans but most of the large sums of dollars are going towards the right wing conservative Republican candidate that they are sponsering and thereby assuring the election of their Republican candidates winning?
In answer to my own question then, NO there is never value in misplaced blame. So then why does the media along with those that should take the blame, but never do, keep driving blame on Obama home? One of the things that I admire about Obama is when it came to both the attempted attack at Christmas time with what was a lack of security as well as the oil leak he made it clear, “the buck stops here.”
We need a person in the White house that is willing to take the blame so that we are not wasting time, with the lies and paranoia or whose fault it is, at the time that we need to be finding solutions. Thank God we have that in Obama! By the way did anyone notice that he and his cabinet stopped a depression that was predicted to be worse than the one in the 1930′s or are we so busy looking for blame, “that we can’t see the trees for the Bushes”?(as in”Dubya”)