So when I first heard that the health care reform (HCR) bill passed in the House yesterday, I was upset like most people. Then I realized how ignorant I have been. I haven’t looked into it for myself. I have been relying on everyone else’s opinion on the matter.
I don’t completely understand it. I stayed up late trying to read the text of the bill. It is extremely boring. I have read some more this morning. I am about 10% of the way through it at this point.
But then I realized that I don’t have to understand it completely. I am not going to fight it. I am not going to go picket on Capitol Hill. Why? Because this whole thing is my fault. That’s right. I am the one responsible. And so are you!
We as Americans have failed. We have failed. Let that sink in for a little bit. You have failed. Are you angry yet? Well you can only be angry at yourself. Because we (me + you) are to blame. I’m not going to take all the blame myself. And you shouldn’t have to either.
If you are still reading, I commend you for your integrity (and your endurance). You are probably asking yourself how it is your fault. Because you are an American. That’s why.
Here is how democracy works:
• Constituents are given the right to vote.
• Constituents do or do not vote.
• Officials are elected by the voice of the people.
• Officials act in what they believe is the best interest of the people.
Can you see where I am going with this? Americans are to blame for this HCR bill that is supposedly “un-constitutional” and “socialist.” We voted the officials. They made decisions.
Did we vote? 126,869,659 people cast a presidential ballot in the election in 2008 (CBS News, 2008). There were 209,193,090 people over the age of 18 (U.S Census Bureau, 2008). That means only 60% of the population that was of voting age did
Did we write a letter to our representative? Or did we just post as our Facebook status “I’m so sick of this HCR BS.” Because I am pretty sure my Rep. doesn’t follow me on Facebook.
I am as much to blame as anyone else. That is why the title of this post is what it is. So America, let’s stop blaming the government and the rich, fat white people and Obama and Bin Laden for all of our problems. Take some responsibility. Let’s be accountable for our actions for once. Because America, that is our biggest problem. We are not accountable. We are almost always looking to pass the buck. We can’t bear the shame that we might have made a mistake. It is almost always someone else’s fault. Let’s grow up. We’re better than that America.
CBS News. (2008). Election results: presidential race. Retrieved March 22, 2010 from http://election.cbsnews.com/election2008/president.shtml
U.S Census Bureau. (2008). State and county quickfacts. Retrieved March 22, 2010 from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html