Personal Responsibility

-Where does it begin, and where does it end?-

By Bryan Wilhelm

The following is the first in a series of articles discussing personal responsibility (or the lack there-of) in the United States. Several more will follow focusing on a variety of topics that we as Americans face everyday.

Our country is evolving into a Socialist-based society. Personal responsibility now takes a backseat to governmental handouts. As long as someone else is there to take up the slack, certain groups in America find it unnecessary to clean up after themselves. These people know that dear ol' Uncle Sam will take care of them. Why should they take any sort of responsibility? After all, haven't they been taught that they don't need to? Don't they know that they can waltz on down to the local welfare office (oh, excuse me...the "public assistance" office) and apply for "free money?" Hell, seems like a pretty good route to take!

Of course we know it isn't a good route to take! It is simply a route that takes four left turns. It brings those who are on the "assistance" program directly back to where they started, and usually worse off. But, our Left-leaning society seems to think that a welfare society is the answer. The "intellectual philosophers," behind the walls of academia, try to perpetuate this Marxian social ideology. I find it very interesting that for decades the United States was engaged in a Cold War trying to fight the very ideology now trickling into our social infrastructure.

This trickling into the American consciousness slips by the public unnoticed. It is hidden behind "great" theories, and promises of "great" societies. Unfortunately, these promises are empty promises. They only further take away individual responsibility and place it in the hands of a governmental bureaucracy. Do we really want the government to control that much of our life? It already controls, on average, about 38 percent!

The United States does not need bigger government. The United States does not need more "programs" for the "under-privileged." The United States does not need increased taxes to support these social programs. Rather, the United States needs to encourage personal responsibility! By using tax dollars to finance these overzealous programs, the government takes away financial security from one family and places it in the hands of the undeserving. This is something that the American people should not tolerate!

Eric Seymour

Robert Schiener

Bryan Wilhelm

Bryant Lewis
Joel Corbin