A while back I added the Essayist, and Social Commentator Bill Whittle to my Blogroll because of a piece he wrote called POWER.
If you haven't read it here is another chance.
He wrote a whole series of Essays that I am finally getting around to reading, and will encourage you to read, as well, in this space over the next few days.
They are long, and involving, but thoughtful, and stirring, and well worth the time and effort you will put in.
4 reasons to read the essay RESPONSIBILITY:
1. "Whittles Theory of Political Reduction: I contend that there is a single litmus that does indeed separate the nation and the world into two opposing camps, and that when you examine where people will fall on the countless issues that affect our society, this alone is the indicator that will tell you how they will respond.
The indicator is Responsibility."
2. "I suspect that there are really only two schools of political thought, and these are based on competing theories of how the human creature is constructed... the left are convinced that society is responsible for pretty much everything that happens in our lives, that group responsibility trumps individual responsibility because they see the forces of the group culture, history, economic background as overwhelming determinants to individual outcome...Those on the other side see individual responsibility as the final arbiter of human behavior."
3. "The idea of individualism, of personal responsibility, is the centerpiece, the granite foundation, of the very idea of a free people. For that reason, it is under direct attack on many fronts from people, who, through motives well-intentioned or ill, find such an idea intolerable because a nation of individuals is immune to repression, coercion, social engineering and control by the elite. The threat, as Lincoln so eloquently foresaw, comes from within and it is here, now, well-established and growing.
We have to fight back. We have to fight back hard.
We have to fight back now."
4. "most of the press long a somewhat rumpled and disheveled but nevertheless elitist group does not seem to be too happy with the decisions being made by the body politic, and have decided that the populace cannot be trusted with this responsibility. And so they color the news, not by out and out lying although there is more and more of that, symptomatic of deeper rot but by editorializing, by selective interviewing, by counting the misses but ignoring the hits.
They do not think we can be trusted to do the right thing. They, like most elitists, do not think the average American is up to the responsibility."
Read RESPONSIBILITY in it entirety, and think long and hard about its message.