Monday Morning Ramblings

I’m all for personal accountability.  We should all be responsible for our actions as adults, and even to some degree as adolescents.  Personally, I maintain that people who choose to abuse our systems should be punished accordingly.  However, recently, I’ve heard many conservatives, some friends others politicians or pundits, say that in our current economic situation, the people who are unemployed or under-employed should not blame Wall Street or Corporate America for the economy.  They should blame themselves and hold themselves accountable for their conditions.  After all, there are successful people, even in this economy, and many of them are self-made.  If they can do it, anyone can, or so they say.  Nevermind about outsourcing or offshore bank holdings or toxic assets.  Those have not contributed one iota to our current economic situation, they maintain.  Therefore, following that logic, I’ve decided to apply the laissez-faire model to other areas of society, and here is what I’ve come up with.

Drug dealers should not be punished for selling drugs, even to minors.  After all, dealers are only responding to market conditions.  The demand exists, so they should have the opportunity to peddle their wares in whatever manner produces a profit.  The blame lies squarely with the users.  If people were not so lazy and ignorant as to get involved with drugs in the first place, there would not be a need for dealers.  As to the act of selling drugs to minors or on school grounds, again the dealers are only responding to market pressures.  Competition requires that they expand their markets to maintain profitability.  Therefore, the government should keep the meddling to itself and leave dealers alone.

Drunk drivers should not be punished for driving intoxicated, even if they murder a family on its way home from dinner.  The sober should be more aware that drunks occupy the highways and should take appropriate action to avoid being struck by someone who is merely trying to get home after a fun night on the town.  What right does the government have to tell a person what they can or cannot do behind the wheel of their own car?  No, the responsibility clearly falls on the sober to avoid putting themselves in situations where a drunk driver may be occupying the road.

Teachers should not be held accountable for failing to instruct their students properly in the classroom.  The fault lies solely on students and their parents for choosing to take a course from an incompetent teacher.  If students do not receive a quality education, they should have taken the course from someone else.  There are other schools out there.  Parents and students should be more proactive in finding out ahead of time if the teachers in their schools are up to standards.  The government has no right to encroach on a teacher’s right to conduct class in whatever manner seems fit.  They were hired for the job, so there should be no oversight into how well they are performing in those roles.

I could keep going, but clearly, I’ve made my point.  Only the victims of improper behavior should be held accountable for their actions.  They need to learn to be more aware of their environments and not put themselves in situations where a drug dealer or drunk driver can cause them harm.  After all, I made it home safely last night without being killed by an impaired driver, and if you didn’t, it’s all your fault.

8 thoughts on “Monday Morning Ramblings”

  1. Dude! You know I love you, brother! I’m a big fan and that’s not going to change.

    That said, when you got into the teacher thing, you really uncorked me and here it comes. LOL!

    I was a high school teacher for 10 years. In my 10 years of observation at a handful of schools, I didn’t observe ANY teachers who were truly incompetent. What I DID observe was students refusing to follow instructions, refusing to turn in any work, refusing to even show up to class on time, and refusing to be silent (ever, even for one minute). Then, when these same students received less than an “A” because they didn’t learn anything, they gamed the system and complained to parents, school board, and administration until the teacher either understood “their place” or was terminated. I saw this again and again and again and again with colleague after colleague after colleague.

    One teacher who mentored me while I was in the system even told me (seriously) to not even give students their real grades to begin with, but to avoid trouble by just cooking the books and making their grades “acceptable” from the start, all in the name of saving my job.

    The students (minor children) are allowed to rule the schools to the same effect of inmates running an asylum. Modern high school teenagers in most schools know they can game the system to get any teacher fired and us (the adults of their community) giving them that power is what destroys American education.

    As for drug dealers and drunk drivers, they decide ahead of time to break the law. The Wall Street barons (in most cases, not all, i.e. Enron and MCI), have the law on their side. We the people elected a government that made laws that encouraged jobs to go overseas. We the people elected a government that practices crony capitalism. Wall Street is only doing what we the people have allowed it do. Wall Street is not (in most cases) breaking the law. Rather it is taking advantage of bad law. When enough of “we the people” get off our butts and vote intelligently, we the people can stop it. Drug dealers and drunk drivers are nothing like them since they decide to break the law before they even commit the acts.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s