Democrats and “personal responsibility?”

I was listening to a story on NPR the other day about 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?


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.



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.




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.

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