By Nathan Barton
As the political, social, and economic climate here in the Fifty States continues to grow more polarized, more fragmented, more incivil (and more disgusting), people always find someone to blame.
This is, in many ways, the opposite of the question I recently asked in a commentary, “Who gave us our rights?” Who is to blame for the mess we are in? For our lost liberties? For our economic crisis? For our social collapse? For wars and more wars and more rumors of war?
Everyone has their own idea.
“It is the media” (or “liberal media”) is one common cry. For the media and the liberal and Tranzi elements of society, it is the right wing (“evil right wing”) and especially current White House boss Donald Trump. (While the right wing still blames the guy from Chicago who lived in the White House for eight years.)
We lovers of liberty tend to blame governments for the situation. (Although as Mama Liberty frequently points out, the people to blame for allowing the controllers (in and out of government) to HAVE control are those of us in the general population who let them get away with.)
The same comment can be made in response to those who blame the media. Who gives the media their power? It is those who believe what the media says. And who is to blame for Trump? Those (in the right places with the right plurality) who put him into office. (And more and more liberals of course blame the Founding Fathers for writing the Constitution the way they did – preventing a majority (or plurality) vote from electing POTUS.)
Others (from a variety of points on the political graph) blame big business – or some specific elements of big business. Besides the media, I mean. Big oil, big pharma, the multinationals, etc. Some go so far as to name individuals or families as the people to blame. George Soros (for right-wingers); the Koch brothers (for left-wingers), and many others. The Rothchilds. The Windsors (especially for followers of LaRouche). The Hapsburgs. The Pope. Vladimir Putin. The Clintons. The Bushes. And of course, many blame the Jews (or Zionists, or International Jews, or whatever flavor is out of favor.)
Some of course, blame God. Especially deists, who (as I understand it) say God is a clockmaker who made it all, wound it up and set it to ticking, and retired. Atheists can’t believe in God, of course, so they blame the belief in God (or a god, or gods, or whatever) and religion.
There certainly is enough blame to go around, when you put it all today.
And the situation is certainly real enough. The constant hammer of bad news that fills the airways and clogs the electron flow in the internet and covering the pages of newspapers and magazines makes that clear. While some good things happen, it seems to be mostly bad going to worse.
Maybe it is not just that there is enough blame to go around, but ALL of these people and organizations and groups – and entities – are to blame for making this mess.
Which means that we need to ask ourselves yet another question. Does it really matter WHO is to blame? Or is the most important thing to ask and answer the question, “What can we do about it?”
Or even better, “what can I do about it?”
That, my friends, is an even tougher question than the headlined one.
Mama’s Note: A very large part of the answer lies in the efforts each of us make to self govern, be responsible for our own lives and safety, to avoid at all costs being the aggressor. A big part of all that is to give up the idea that anyone should have control over other people. Control is the central disease of the “state,” and there can be no free society as long as some people are given power to control the lives and property of others. Even by third hand “vote.”