Unlike the days of our grandfathers, who realized a problem when they saw it and owned up to it, Americans today seem to choose a different path when dealing with their problems.
Blame it on someone/something else.
As a society you would think we have advanced enough to where we can own up to our mistakes and accept it. You would think.
Every day there are more and more instances of people (not limited to, but usually those who we voted into office) who find scapegoats for the latest issues.
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, for instance, is a prime example of pointing fingers.
Many people immediately began blaming guns, video games and mental health issues as culprits of the tragedy. And while there may be some sustenance to their claims, they are still singling out areas instead of working to fix the problems.
Our congressmen and women are among the worst when it comes to not accepting responsibility for their own actions.
Senator Harry Reid egregiously made comments saying Hurricane Sandy was worse than Hurricane Katrina. When he made his apology for this statement, he added a shot at Republicans. Why couldn’t he simply make his apology without saying anything negative about someone else.
It’s kind of like if I was to say, “I know I pushed my sister and it was wrong, but she looked at me funny so she started it.”
The recent Trillion Dollar Coin event, which garnered much attention, is yet another way the government proved its inability to grow a spine. Democrats and republicans were both saying how the other is trying to crash the economy and send America into depression. Last I checked, we are all playing on the same team, team America. Why can’t we leave the name-calling on the playground and go back to adult land.
Another group of people who make it a point to avoid owning up to their actions is athletes.
In the last two weeks we have seen some of the ramifications of athletes lying for years; no players being voted into the Baseball Hall-of-Fame and the admittance of Lance Armstrong and his performance-enhancing drug use.
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are three of the best players to play in the last 30 years, but their alleged/confirmed/probable steroid use has them a long way from a bust in Cooperstown.
Lance Armstrong, who had vehemently denied it for 10 years, has finally admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Surviving cancer and winning seven consecutive Tour de France is seemingly now a memory of Armstrong. While he has finally owned up to his ill deeds, it still took him 10 years to do so.
It appears as if Americans are afraid to own up to our own mistakes these days.
This isn’t a recent development either. Nixon didn’t admit his involvement of Watergate until he had to. Clinton didn’t admit his Lewinsky scandal until he had to. The Pentagon didn’t admit Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire until they had to.
The cover-up is worse than the controversy, as time has proved over and over again.
Just grow a spine and admit to your mistakes. It’s what your grandfather would do.
Chad Merritt is a junior journalism major from Livingston who serves as multimedia editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to cam...@latech.edu.