Blameless New World

Bruce Johnson
We have moved from everyone gets a trophy to "no one is to blame" These are essentially the same concepts.

The "everyone gets a trophy" model began appearing in our society about two decades ago. Via the Little League, other children's sports, and the classroom, a generation was taught that merely existing entitled you to some type of reward. Inclusiveness was the watchword. Having a birthday party for your 9 year old? Well, you better invite the entire class. It is mean spirited to distinguish between who is a friend and who is not.

Individual achievement is downplayed. "You didn't build that business" is offered up reminiscent of the "There is no "I" in team" cliché, but driven on a grand and ideological scale. (Though the President's speeches have an abundance of "I's" as if by special dispensation.) As in everyone get a trophy, the "pass/fail" grading concepts came into vogue at roughly the same time and are also nothing more than forays into communal socialism. Now we are getting a dosage in a different fashion.

The "no one is to blame" game we routinely hear from Washington is merely an extension of that frame of mind. From the DOJ on Fast and Furious and the State Department on the Benghazi incident, we are told that "no one is to blame". And then there is the accusatory "return fire". "Why must someone always be blamed?" One does not have to be discussing politics to hear that mantra. It is slowly becoming part of the culture. No fault. I'm okay, you're okay. We are all okay together. Hug.

Why must someone be blamed? Because, in a far away galaxy long ago, there was once responsibility coupled with accountability. Performance and ability mattered. Competition existed in order to hone efficiencies. None of these concepts reside in the socialist attitude nor do the words appear in their vernacular. Rather we are all 5's on a 1 to 10 scale. Trophies for all regardless of contribution or participation. No one is to blame and, by the way, why do you think there should be someone to blame? Everyone is equal except those who are more equal.

No one being blamed is also good politics. The responsible tend to remain nameless, are held close, sheltered rather than being cast off to write books and exposés. It's about control. Good politics indeed.

We have moved from everyone gets a trophy to "no one is to blame" These are essentially the same concepts.

The "everyone gets a trophy" model began appearing in our society about two decades ago. Via the Little League, other children's sports, and the classroom, a generation was taught that merely existing entitled you to some type of reward. Inclusiveness was the watchword. Having a birthday party for your 9 year old? Well, you better invite the entire class. It is mean spirited to distinguish between who is a friend and who is not.

Individual achievement is downplayed. "You didn't build that business" is offered up reminiscent of the "There is no "I" in team" cliché, but driven on a grand and ideological scale. (Though the President's speeches have an abundance of "I's" as if by special dispensation.) As in everyone get a trophy, the "pass/fail" grading concepts came into vogue at roughly the same time and are also nothing more than forays into communal socialism. Now we are getting a dosage in a different fashion.

The "no one is to blame" game we routinely hear from Washington is merely an extension of that frame of mind. From the DOJ on Fast and Furious and the State Department on the Benghazi incident, we are told that "no one is to blame". And then there is the accusatory "return fire". "Why must someone always be blamed?" One does not have to be discussing politics to hear that mantra. It is slowly becoming part of the culture. No fault. I'm okay, you're okay. We are all okay together. Hug.

Why must someone be blamed? Because, in a far away galaxy long ago, there was once responsibility coupled with accountability. Performance and ability mattered. Competition existed in order to hone efficiencies. None of these concepts reside in the socialist attitude nor do the words appear in their vernacular. Rather we are all 5's on a 1 to 10 scale. Trophies for all regardless of contribution or participation. No one is to blame and, by the way, why do you think there should be someone to blame? Everyone is equal except those who are more equal.

No one being blamed is also good politics. The responsible tend to remain nameless, are held close, sheltered rather than being cast off to write books and exposés. It's about control. Good politics indeed.