Contemplating "Personal Responsibility"

Yes, I know...it's been a while.  So let's get right to it.

If one more Refuglican politician carelessly throws around the term "personal responsibility", I'm gonna hurl.

News flash, peeps: if you're constantly blaming blacks, gays, Muslims, Mexicans, Asians, birth control and/or abortion for all this country's problems, then right away you have just failed the most basic test of personal responsibility.

In other words, you can't preach "personal responsibility" while constantly blaming "them" for all your woes...whoever "they" happen to be at the time.

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  1. This is what I've been screaming for years. I always say that personal responsibility IS NOT a one-way street.

    And you know who they say it to? Poor minorities. Why not blame the overprivileged and uber-rich? Why not blame the billionaires that's clearly responsible for the financial mess we're in today?

    No. People shouldn't preach personal responsibility if they don't have a Goddamn clue as to what it means.

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    1. They go after minorities for the same reason a wifebeater is quicker to strike a woman than raise up against another man.

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  2. There needs to be a "Damn right" choice on the reactions checklist.

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  3. Hmmm...I've been wondering that myself, in their case when are THEY, the GOP, are going to own up to their responsibilities? When are they going to blame Bush Jr for the mess that were in? When are they going to blame Wall Street for stealing from the the middle class and poor? or for those within our government who are too busy wasting money on stupid projects? I m still waiting for the GOPs words of accountability.

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  4. I love how the GOP demands everyone ELSE maintain personal responsibility (and then adamantly deny that they do, mind you), but when you confront them on their own records it's "unfair" and "distracting from the REAL issues". That's funny, because if anyone are the masters of diversion and distraction, it's them.

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    1. By emphasizing personal responsibility, you can totally skip over the concept of social responsibility.

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  5. Oh then you should see this shit for sure: http://lawsonry.com/2012/09/mitt-romney-wears-brownface-for-univision-interview/

    Got a link to it on Tumblr, I just can't get my head around what he was thinking here...holy fuck.

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  6. Case in point.

    At least one white commenter had the decency to reply:

    As always, I pretty much agree with you but I find this upsetting and confusing. I am a white, working class male and I've never understood the tendency of many of my peers to imagine that we are being victimized. I will say that many white working class people talk about "rights" when they are describing privileges. I think they, correctly, see that we do not live in a meritocracy and that race, in most instances, guarantees privilege. They don't really mind all of that except that they feel they are being denied their proper privileges.

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