We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. Ronald Reagan.
There is a movement that is trying to change that precept and hold society guilty rather than the individual. By doing so, the fundamental principles of our nation are at risk of being rewritten and our constitution abandoned.
Personal responsibility (or individual responsibility) is “The idea that human beings choose, instigate, or otherwise cause their own actions,” whereas social responsibility is “an ethical framework and suggests that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large.”
An example is the estimated loss of $1.4 billion dollars, according to data from Property Claim Services, a Verisk Analytics company. It could take months to assess the financial toll related to recent unrest, and yet, very few individuals have been held to account.
If Society is to blame who pays the debt of those protests? It is easy to hold individuals responsible simply by identifying those who we involved, but even if Society is to blame for the actions of those involved, in this ongoing riot, who is responsible for the damage? Surely not the shop owner.
When we transfer personal responsibility away from the individual and into the ethereal realm of “society” the ethical framework is also reorganized and rewritten to accommodate the needs of the many without regard for the needs of the few. This may sound great but when you are the shop owner and your needs are not deemed societally prudent, then you, the individual is forgotten and discarded.
The United States was founded on the principles of individual rights and liberties, not on the collective whims of a social hierarchy. We may have developed some of those hierarchical patterns, they are the result of left-leaning leaders who wish to move our country away from our fundamental constitution and into a more socialistic style of government.
“You might be surprised to learn that the federal government does, by-and-large, follow the US Constitution–but not the one that was penned in 1787”. “Congress does follow the written Constitution,” said Gary Porter, who serves as the Executive Director of the Constitutional Leadership Initiative. He pulled a small booklet from his shirt pocket.
“This is a pocket Constitution,” he said. “It’s 4,400 words. About 7000 words if you count the amendments.” Porter then turned toward a large document on a nearby table. It looked like an encyclopedia.
“Here is the Constitution enforced today,” he said, flipping the book open with some effort. The book is approximately 3000 pages compared to the four (4) pages of the original. https://conventionofstates.com
We have already changed the fundamental aspects of our original constitution and with it our inalienable rights and freedoms and with it our responsibilities and duties converting ourselves from individuals to social slaves, more concerned about how others view us than how we see ourselves. Without personal responsibility narcissistic endeavors fill our lives, leaving us with no room for others or other opinions.
I am assuming some understanding by the reader that Marxism, Socialism, Fascism, and Communism are all related behind the ideology that the centralization of power diminishes the need for individual growth and weakens the connection between all men through the process of reduced individual responsibility. How easy it is to bend a law or break a law when society is blamed and not the individual who actually committed the crime.
Why would an individual want to work harder for the nameless and the powerless god of socialism? What is there to gain by being innovative when the philosophy and ideology clearly proclaims that all they do is for the good of the many, but the many are historically given less than the few at the top?
In the United States, our congress passes laws for the masses and just like most MSFC’s (Marxist, socialist, fascist and communist) those laws do not apply to the upper echelons of society, leaving the masses wondering why the few are treated better than the many?
The answer to that question is simple when a law is broken, the individual is responsible, regardless of who broke the law, or how much money or influence they have or their relationship to other powerful people, they are subject to the same laws as are we all.
Ronald Reagan had it right. Our emphasis on the individual is the most efficient way to create a workable society where equal justice is afforded to all. When we focus our efforts on the individual and support his or her rights of free choice, free speech, and opportunity, we automatically provide those same privileges to society as a whole.
We may still choose, that may not always be the case. Perhaps we should make the choices back to what we used to have, or at least what we were supposed to have. The constitution was written well, its precepts can work for everyone, but it will not work, and has failed to work when MSFC like precepts are introduced.
It is time to stand up, speak the truth, fight for what is right, and “never, never, never surrender”. Winston Churchill.