The Blame Game …

Most of us were endowed at birth with ten fingers and for the most part we keep those throughout our lives.  The finger, in my opinion, is one of the most useful body parts we have.  They can grasp things, peck at the keyboard as I am doing now, hold a fork or a pair of chopsticks to help transport food into our mouths, they can pick up things, like a crying baby or a dropped spoon.  And they can point.  There certainly has been a lot of finger-pointing going on this past week, and frankly I am to the point of wanting to rip some people’s fingers out of their sockets.

It has been a horrible week here in the U.S., filled with far too many deaths, racial tension such as we have not experienced in decades, fear, anger and sadness.  And blame.  This post is not about the various tragedies of the past week per se, I will write about that later.  Rather today I speak of finger-pointing and misplaced blame that has come as a result of the weeks dramas.

  • Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick blamed Black Lives Matter and people who “have a big mouth” on social media for the shooting in Dallas. He is joined by Bill Zedler, a Texas State Representative, Representative Roger Williams, and others.  (Note:  it was during a peaceful protest by BlackLivesMatter that the gunman in Dallas began his shooting spree, though there are no known connections between #BLM and the gunman, and there was no violence by the protestors)
  • Steve King (R-Iowa) blamed Obama for Thursday’s Dallas shooting, as do America’s #1 Bimbo, Sarah Palin, Fox News commentator Sebastian Gorka, and many others. (Well, now, we all knew it would come around to blaming President Obama, didn’t we?  He gets blamed for everything from A to Z, including Aunt Sallie’s broken toe!)
  • Corey Stewart, Virginia state chair for Donald Trump’s campaign, is pointing one of his fingers at Hillary Clinton, and another at Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam. (No surprise that a Trumpeter blames Hillary, but I am still scratching my head over Northam)
  • Donnie Trump, predictably, blames immigration. (Oh the irony … Sigh)

I am quite certain I can find more examples of such idiotic, inane and counter-productive finger-pointing, but you get the idea, right?  Some things went very, very wrong this week, and when something goes wrong, we immediately look around for somebody, anybody, to blame. So people take their fingers out of their pockets, aim them and POINT!

If you are waiting for me to play the blame game, don’t hold your breath.  There is no single individual or group that is responsible for the events of the week.  Certainly there are many who have played a role, including Donnie Trump, the NRA, specific individual police officers, specific individual citizens, and any persons or groups who have called for, or engaged in, violence.  But more to the point, those who would point fingers at one person or group and say “There – that is who is to blame”, can look much closer to home to find at least one of the guilty parties.  They need only go stand in front of a mirror.

There are two reasons I am not yet writing about this week’s tragedies.  First, not enough information is known, and by information I mean facts, not speculation.  Second, I have no illusions that it is over.  I think next week is likely to bring more of the same, and I am not sure where I think it will end.  I could speculate, and I likely will at a later date, but not today. I will also, in all likelihood, write a post addressing certain aspects of the various elements of the past week sometime next week, but I am still waiting for a few more edge pieces before starting the jigsaw puzzle.  So, I am amazed that people like those listed above feel they have enough information, enough cold hard facts to not only judge the people directly involved, but also to know exactly who is at fault.  Obviously those people are much smarter than I.

The blame game is human nature, but it is a dangerous game.  It only adds to the anger and angst that is already prevalent, but more importantly it keeps us from the soul-searching, the introspection that we all need to be doing right about now.  “Oh, it is the fault of the BlackLivesMatter movement?  Great, now I don’t have to wonder if somehow I own a share of the blame, the guilt!”

For you see, we are all guilty in one way or another.  Those who supported a madman who has spent 13 months spewing hatred to the masses:  you are guilty.  Those who have said that young black men like Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, and Trayvon Martin “brought it on themselves”:  you are guilty.  Those who are promoting blame and keeping the social media sites hot with one-sided memes and expressions:  guilty, guilty, guilty. Those who have turned away and pretended not to see the injustices against African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims:  you are guilty.  Those who have told or laughed at ethnic/racist jokes told in the office:  you are guilty.  Those who believe that police officers who arrest or assault African-Americans 3-4 times more often than Caucasians are right to do so:  guilty as charged.  And those who believe they have no share of the guilt, but find that the answer is to ask God to “fix this country”:  you are the guiltiest of all.  God g

There is no panacea for the racial divide that is driving the violence of this past week.  There are solutions, but they are multi-faceted and complex, and cannot possibly be accomplished in a day, a week, or even a year.  The starting point, of course, is open, honest communication among people who are intelligent enough to leave their hatred and anger at home.  I would personally opt for cutting off the fingers of those who play the blame game, and using a few drops of super-glue on the lips of those who spew hate, but I am told that I cannot do this.  Meanwhile, understand that there is plenty of guilt, plenty of blame to go around, but the finger-pointing needs to STOP NOW.  It serves no real purpose, but is a tool of the narcissists, the politicians, and the blow hards.  You who are pointing fingers are only making the situation worse.  Go home … look in the mirror. We all have a dog in this show, and we need to start being responsible for our own dog before we start judging others’.  Think about it.

7 thoughts on “The Blame Game …

  1. Here’s something I wrote the morning after the Dallas shooting and though I don’t believe this is blaming people, I try to point out some basic universal truths about humanity in the context of current events.

    I learned about what happened in Dallas last night and heard a bit of the coverage and have heard some people say that it was a premeditated act of execution or even terrorism, that someone took upon himself to kill cops.

    My heart grows heavier every day as I hear about more and more of these tragic events happening, not only in our own country but around the world, Innocent lives lost to different extremists (no matter what the religion is) police brutality, and officers killed in the middle of what people claim are peaceful rallies. Perhaps the rally started out peaceful but if a live or 20 are lost during such a congregation of individuals, it then becomes an event that is no longer peaceful, no matter how many individuals did not want it to go down that way.

    Whoever killed the cops should be served justice in the swiftest most appropriate means possible and if it is determined by a jury of 12, if it ever gets to court that it should be the death penalty, then so be it.

    To the cops who abuse their power and privilege of serving our great nation, you aren’t innocent either but this is nothing new. It only seems so because we have social media, citizen reporters by virtue of cellular technology and an irresponsible media who are very good at playing one side against the other in a never-ending political agenda of divide and conquer which leave the citizens vulnerable to being more and more manipulated because they continually lose trust in authority, after all, remember Rodney King? The media just played the clip of the police officers beating him over and over until it was indelibly etched in the minds of the people that the cops were the bad guys in that situation.

    You didn’t see much about what happened beforehand and it’s the same with these other cases.

    You had rap stars in the 90’s saying “fck the police” and album titles like cop killer, or maybe that was a song but you get the idea.

    are there bad cops? Absolutely and they should be tried and reprimanded for brutality that occurs when it does and if someone dies as a result of such brutality, that policeman should also be subject to the same swift justice that I spoke of previously.

    every life matters, I’ll say it again for clarity, Every Life Matters. Not black lives, not LGBT lives, not disabled lives, not Indian, not Asian, but all lives matter and the recent black lives matter movement has resulted in a further fragmentation of a society that was already broken by division driven agendas for a long time.

    If you are suspected of a crime and told to lay on the ground and you don’t and it appears to the officer who suspects you of a criminal activity that you’re going for a gun, he’s acting on his training to respond to that situation, common sense and logic tell me that. Don’t react yet because I’m not finished.

    It is not necessary for that same officer who may genuinely be in fear of his life to shoot a suspect multiple times which may result in death of the suspect in question, something else common sense should tell anyone.

    Sure, an officer can say that he didn’t intend that the suspect die as a result of whatever police brutality was applied but as mike Brady once said “intentions are not good enough”. If I told the IRS that I intended to pay my taxes but the check got lost in the mail, would I be let off? Certainly not and neither should a police officer be given a slap on the wrist and/or administrative leave with or without pay when a suspect meets his or her demise under the charge of that officer. a death is a death no matter what the intention and if the loss of life is as serious of an issue as some claim in this country, what of the penalties for that loss? Where is the personal responsibility on both sides of the debate?

    I have good and dear friends who are minorities, hell, I’m a minority myself, and I have no reason to not believe these people when they tell me that there are racially motivated incidents that occur to people with such minority statuses by the very people who have sworn to protect them.

    The day after the Dallas shootings, certain media outlets are silent about the event but those same individuals would be all over the internet with outrage if it was another person killed by a cop. This further reaffirms the sad reality that not all lives matter, only those that fulfill a need to further a specific political anti-cop agenda within certain parts of our society.

    We live in a hyper reactive hair-trigger society now where there seems to be almost no justification needed for someone to be killed, no matter which side of the law you’re on. But if you’re a public servant and you have probable cause for arresting someone suspected of a crime, what is your reaction supposed to be when you’re constantly emendated with rhetoric that says that all cops are bad, all minorities are unjustly sought out to be perpetrators of criminal activity and that only certain lives matter, wouldn’t that put you on ultra-high alert and naturally elevate your reactive reflexes when someone resists arrest?

    To balance out that question, and I haven’t been arrested so I don’t have firsthand experience with this but when you’re a cop and you tell someone to lay on the ground, how are you delivering that directive? If it’s by way of getting in the face of the suspect and screaming confrontationally, consider how that will lead the suspect to respond for a moment.

    Confrontation breeds conflict and more confrontation, resulting in an endless circle of violence against each other that has almost no hope of being broken.

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  2. Well said. It is remarkable how quickly so many are to rush to judgment. At the same time, it is a puzzle worth pondering. I, for one, am convinced that the Trumpet has turned over a great many rocks and the dark creepies that usually hide underneath have been encouraged to come out into the light and spew forth their venom — and fire their weapons, which they seem to have aplenty. But, in the end, you are spot on: none of us is without blame in this.

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    • Yes, I tend to blame da trumpeter for creating an environment of fear and hate, but then I ask … did he create it, or did he, as you propose, merely uncover that which was lying dormant under the surface, just waiting for somebody to come along and say “it’s okay to be racist”? So he certainly has a large portion of the blame, but I wonder where are the brains, the consciences of those who are crawling out from under those rocks. I like your thinking … glad you joined my blog!

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