When did Americans stop taking responsibility for their own
In fact, I was having this conversation just this evening with
a gentleman who was alive to see the turn in attitudes. I put
it to you this way because my feelings were that it began in
the 1960's, but I could not know for myself since I was born
in the mid-sixties.
My friend is at least a couple of decades my senior, so he was
there seeing it for himself as it happened. My friend agreed
that the slide began in the late 1960's with the growth of the
But he was quick to emphasize that although the sixties began
the slide, the real sharp slope did not arrive until the 1990's.
Along about 1993, the slide began to sharpen. It was not until
early 1998 that the slope became a steep cliff.
It happened with the utterance of only eight words, "I did
not have sexual relations with that woman." ...Followed by
the explanation of the original lie, his actions "did not
constitute sexual relations as I understood that term."
Who uttered these famous words? Of course, we all know it was
Bill Clinton, the former President of the United States.
Bill Clinton will always be known as a man with a strong sexual
drive and a desire to hide that fact from the people. He will
also be known as the second U.S. President in history to be
Actually, the American public sooned tired of the Republican
tirade against Clinton's sexual indiscretions.
I theorize that the reason people tired of this matter so
quickly is because each person took a good hard look at Hillary
and understood the reasons for Bill's philandering ways.
BILL CLINTON'S REAL LEGACY
Bill will be known for several things by different people. No
one will ever forget the sexual exploits of the man, but that
will not be his real legacy.
His real legacy will always be that he refused to take
responsibility for his own actions.
There are far too many actions, denials and misdirections to
catalogue here. Although I could pass on a few, the only purpose
it would really serve is to bore you to tears. So, I will just
THE RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY
Do you remember the great "Right-Wing Conspiracy?"
Sure you do. And so does everyone else. Hillary was the first
to suggest that they were responsible for Bill Clinton's woes.
But, the "Right-Wing Conspiracy" did not lie to the American
public. Bill did.
The "Right-Wing Conspiracy" did not try to play off their
dishonesties as a misunderstood word in the English language.
Nope. Bill was the one who did that.
Did the "Right-Wing Conspiracy" smoke pot? Certainly not. It
was Bill who smoked the pot, although it must be noted that he
"did not inhale." So, why did he even bother putting the joint
between his lips if he did not intend to inhale? Odd.
THE AFTERMATH OF BILL
"I did not do that."
"I did not say that."
"That is not what I meant to suggest with my words."
"The Right-Wing Conspiracy did it."
"The Right-Wing Conspiracy is responsible."
"I want you to know that I am innocent." --- Martha Stewart
"I simply returned a call from my stockbroker," Stewart wrote.
"Based in large part on prior discussions with my broker about
price, I authorized a sale of my remaining shares in a biotech
company called ImClone." --- The Innocent Martha Stewart
THE DENIAL IS PERVASIVE IN OUR CULTURE
Martha has become a focal point for the new American culture
of denial and misdirection.
We, the people, imitate the actions of our leaders and other
personalities. If those we respect have taught us not to take
responsibility for our own actions, who are we to question
their leadership? Let us do as they do. After all, if they
are doing it, then there must not be anything wrong with it.
THE SCRUBBING BUBBLES
Like the scrubbing bubbles swirling down the toilet in the
commercial, the American population is swirling down the
toilet of denial.
"We do the work so you don't have to..."
--- The Scrubbing Bubbles
The only way we can prevent America from going the full
length of the flush is to put our feet down and begin to begin
to take responsibility for our own actions again, one person at
You must step to the plate and take responsiblity for your own
actions. If you do wrong, say so. Don't make excuses.
Then, by example, you must show others the right way to behave.
Right behavior is infectious, just as wrong behavior is
One action at a time, I implore the people who read this article
to infect others with the desire to act properly and to take
responsiblity for their own actions.
It is up to you whether you follow my guidance. I am doing my
own part at my end, and I hope others will jump on the band
wagon and do the same.
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