Personal responsibility (My Daily Rant)

Responsibility , that’s what its all about. We have to take responsibility for the messes we create in our lives and for those things we knowingly do wrong. If we never take responsibility for our actions we are doomed to be perpetual victims left to blow along with the winds of fate. I for one prefer to be the master of my own destiny. I am responsible for my failures as well as my successes.

Our current president seems blissfully oblivious to this axiom of American nature. We are a country that was founded on the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fall flat on our asses. There is in fact nothing wrong with an honest attempt followed by abject failure, as long as there was on deception or malfeasance involved. Obama needs to understand this. His recent rhetoric to blame Bush for everything from Wall Street to sunspots is not going to serve him well. He will be seen as another victim of something beyond his control.

The Washington post recently pointed out that in his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics." It hasn't taken long for the recriminations to return — or for the Obama administration to begin talking about the unwelcome "inheritance" of its predecessor.

If Obama wants to lead us out from the darkness he needs to do so on his own back. He needs to rally the American people with slogans equivalent to “the buck stops here” or “all we have to fear is fear itself”. We need a president who leads, succeeds or fails on his own merit and not at the fault of his predecessor. If Bush did truly leave Obama a mess, and he may well have, then how much sweeter the victory when snatched from the jaws of abject defeat. Obama should consider this an opportunity to prove his worth and greatness, instead of cowering in the corner hiding behind the very rhetoric and dogma he decried.

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