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I Miss Reagan

January 12, 2011

Personal responsibility is a hot topic in our household. I would bet we spend more time on that than just about anything else.

You didn’t get an F because you were absent on Friday and your teacher forgot to remind you on Monday. You got an F because you were absent on Friday AND didn’t check in with your teacher about all of your missing assignments on Monday.

You didn’t “accidentally” swing the arm of your jacket into your sister, causing her to double over in pain. You are responsible for your body and your actions. You knew what you were doing, you knew it could be dangerous, and you are responsible for causing her harm.

You didn’t fail to wear your glasses because your (insert adult figure here) didn’t tell you to do it. You know you need to wear them. It is your responsibility to make sure it happens.

The list goes on and on. We talk about it constantly.

Why?

Because we live in a world where just about everyone would prefer to pass the blame to someone else than take personal responsibility.

In the wake of the Arizona tragedy, I see clearly where they get it. It’s all over the news. Finger-pointing at its finest, rather than pointing the finger squarely in the direction of the person to whom blame truly belongs.

The. One. Person.

Singular.

Many moons ago Ronald Reagan said:

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.

I wonder when it happened that we got so far away from that.

And if I will be able to instill that in my children before they’re old enough to vote.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2011 10:31 am

    We’ve had the very same conversations around my house for years now. I keep trying to convince my kids that they really do have to take responsibility for their actions. Would be nice if some of the adults running the country had learned those same lessons.

  2. ANB permalink
    January 12, 2011 11:34 am

    We also have that conversation in our house. In fact, just last night. It is hard to hold our kids accountable for themselves when the rest of the world paints such a different picture….

  3. January 22, 2011 10:40 am

    I like this post. And agree wholeheartedly. Sigh…

  4. February 17, 2011 7:58 am

    I feel for the teacher who jst lost her job over her rant about entitlement-driven students. That is the most frustrating thing to me – since when were all these bourgeoius-babes born to complete entitlement in every area of their lives. And don’t get me started on how much I hate the TV shows that promote this behavior!!

    Well said, Stephanie! Here, here!

  5. theresa geir permalink
    April 4, 2011 9:44 am

    Have you ever thought that your controlling, conversative philosophies could be the problem between you and your stepchildren? I mean, sometimes can’t you just give them a break? You cannot mold them into your image. You cannot create tiny republicans. God, let go a little.

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