Ever since Phil Gramm got in an immense amount of trouble for telling the truth, I have been thinking of taking his message to heart and telling everyone how we are to blame for our own problems. It is an unpopular position, in fact many people, politicians, the media, and others, make a good living telling us all how we are not responsible for our own problems, but I think someone needs to do it.
If you think about it, it really does make sense. How many times have you ascribed something to "bad luck" when really it was simply the outcome of bad choices? Or maybe a lack of preparation? Or even taking a risk you should not have?
And while we conservatives often choose to blame government for our woes, that too is our fault. We have an elected government, and though they might not listen to our wishes, we always have the chance to vote them out. So bad government, like everything else, can be laid at our doorstep as well.
So, think of me as the anti-media, the anti-politician. While they whisper sweet lies, telling you that it is not your fault and they will make it all right, I am going to try to tell you the truth, that it probably is your fault and you're the one best situated to fix it.
I don't expect to make a lot of friends with this blog.
Originally Published in Nation of Whiners on 2008/07/21.