'My bad'

My Thoughts

atwoods@sti.netFebruary 4, 2014 

"My Bad" says the kid as he or she is confronted with the reality that they were to blame for something. Nothing changes and there is no recompense made or even offered. Just the shrugged shoulders and the unfeeling sentiment of "My bad." Many times while I was the school principal, the offending child was stunned that I would punish them in spite of their stating that they were sorry. I usually got the impression they were sorrier they got caught than that they had actually done the naughty deed.

What has happened to accepting responsibility and paying a price for your actions?

In the 1960s, England was shocked by the revelations of sexual misconduct by a member of Parliament and Minister of War, John Profumo, who had enjoyed the company of a 19-year-old girl. At first Profumo denied the rumors and allegations, and then after just a few weeks, this rising star of the British Conservative party resigned,leaving public life after admitting his mistakes and accepting the blame. He then set about a course of action to seek atonement of his errors in judgment for the rest of his life. He did charity work for almost a half-century in a quiet manner and toward the end of his life found himself invited to Buckingham Palace, sitting next to the Queen and being honored for his charitable work. He had atoned for his sins.

Now we have a society that ignores the bad deeds of its celebrities and its leaders. Lohan, Bieber, Cyrus are examples of young celebrities who would be an embarrassment to any local family and yet, because of their fortunes and their talent, society seems to give them a pass on their actions. Imagine if Justin Bieber had egged your house? The $20,000 in damages tells me that it wasn't a simple one-egg toss. But the media still treats these idiots in a positive light and what message does that send to our kids?

During the past year, our president flat-out boldly and knowingly lied to all of us about being able to keep our healthcare plans and our doctors. No ifs, ands, or buts. "Period," he said. He knew then it was a lie.

The president knew within the first 90 minutes of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack that it was a terrorist attack and yet for weeks blamed a video knowing it was a lie. Hillary Clinton lied about it as well.

Our Secretary of Health told us for months that the website construction was going well, on target, ready to do the job. We now know she lied. She did not misspeak, she knew it wasn't ready.

The IRS scandal, the NSA, Fast and Furious, and other governmental problems are met with stonewalling and cover-ups. We allow them to "re-brand" and we allow them to move the people into different positions but nobody is forced to resign, nobody is tried, nobody is jailed, and so nobody pays the price.

Clinton and Sibelius stated, "Blame me" but then move right along. Big deal. Clinton even asked if it even makes any difference, and to many Americans and certainly to the lapdog liberal media it doesn't seem to matter.

Just last week, democrat State Senator Roderick Wright was convicted of eight felonies of fraud and the Senate President Pro Tem, Derrell Stienberg (Democrat) said of his conviction, "We hold Senator Wright in high regard." Really? High regard?

Bill Clinton had sex with an intern in the White House and Monica wasn't his first adulteress conquest. He lied to the Grand Jury and he lied to the American people. If he had been the president of CNN, they would have had to fire him, but because the news folks at CNN admired his liberalism, they forgave him, touted him, celebrated him, and supported him. Rand Paul is right; Clinton was a predator and we should not honor him, but the country does.

We need to hold these rascals to a standard of being honest with us, straight forward with us, and when they fail to meet that standard, we need to demand that they go away.

We tell our children to act responsibly and to accept blame when they are wrong. They see how we treat the rich and famous and our actions are speaking volumes to them.

John Profumo embarrassed himself, his party, and his family. He accepted blame and sought to atone for his wrong-doing. In the end, he was able to demonstrate that, in spite of his actions in 1963, he did not offer a "my bad," but showed he was a man who lived as a man of honor.

Our leaders and our celebrities should seek out the story of John Profumo, and then follow his lead. There are many charities who would welcome them as volunteers.

Hillary might ask, "What difference?" Profumo or Hillary? What a difference.

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