Democrats and “personal responsibility?”

April 6th, 2006

I was listening to a story on NPR the other day about ourtenwords.com.

Ourtenwords.com is a web site that is soliciting Democrats for ten words that “can define the Democratic Party’s message.”

I was less surprised that the Democrats NEEDED a web site to figure out what they stood for…

…than I was shocked by the fact that the web site founder’s own ten words included “personal responsibility.”

I actually laughed out loud in my car.

I can’t think of two words LESS related to the Democratic Party.

Democrats blame everybody and everything in the universe for people’s bad behaviors EXCEPT for the person who actually commits the crime, viagra buy health or is addicted to drugs, cialis or gets pregnant, buy viagra or sneaks into the country illegally.

I really am amazed.

How could ANYONE actually use the words “personal responsibility” to describe the philosophy of the Democratic Party?

The Party of Group Entitlement?

Sure.

The Party of Collective Bargaining?

Without a doubt.

The Party of Personal Responsibility?

Don’t make me laugh. (Again.)

What really brought this into focus for me was a call-in program I heard this morning on WPR about the Duke lacrosse players who allegedly raped a black stripper at an off-campus party.

The callers all had something they wanted to blame for this hideous crime:

• Racism.

• Sexism.

• Class privilege.

• White privilege.

‚Ä¢ The players’ parents.

‚Ä¢ The players’ coach.

• The sense of entitlement engendered by being a college athlete.

‚Ä¢ Etc…Etc…Etc…

Can you guess how many of the callers wanted to hold the players who may have committed the crime “personally responsible?”

Not ONE.

Zero.

Zilch.

And at the risk of being offensive to my two left-leaning readers…that’s what I sometimes think the Democratic Party really stands for.

Nada.

Naught.

Nothing.

Don’t get me wrong. There are some very important and valuable ideals that many individual Democrats believe in, but lately ‚Äì as a party ‚Äì the Democrats seem to be standing against lots of things and standing for very little.

Entry Filed under: Observations,Politics,Why I could NEVER be a liberal

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. folkbum  |  April 6th, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    So, when is Tom DeLay going to be taking “personal responsibility”? Brian Doyle? Bill Frist (insider trading)? Ken Lay? Jeff Skilling? Tom Noe? Bob Ney? Scooter Libby? And so on . . .

  • 2. folkbum  |  April 6th, 2006 at 8:02 pm

    And, as long as I’m at it, what makes you think the callers were speaking as representatives of the Democratic party?

  • 3. Administrator  |  April 6th, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    Jay, my friend, you seem to be under the misapprehension that I’m a defender of Republicans and white-collar criminals.

    I’m not.

    I think both parties are filled with equal-opportunity crooks.

    However, I don’t see you claiming that Democrats really are the Party of Personal Responsibility.

    Admit it. Democrats believe in collective solutions for collective problems. They think government actually is the solution. You should be proud of that.

    But there’s no way in hell Democrats are the champions of individual responsibility.

  • 4. Administrator  |  April 6th, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    They weren’t necessarily Democrats. After all, it was NPR. I bet quite a few were members of the Green Party. ;)

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