I watched Sheriff David Clark’s press release on the rioting and violence in Milwaukee this morning. I’m disheartened by what he had to say on one hand, and encouraged on the other. He essentially blamed societal defects for the damage, for the rioters, and for the reasons they were rioting, without offering a whole lot of personal responsibility insight into the mix, then I was encouraged a bit when he did ‘mention’ personal responsibility at the end of his talk.
The whole ‘societal defects’ argument makes me want to slap the crap out of him, and others who toss that out as an EXCUSE for bad behavior too.
Let’s talk about personal responsibility for a moment.
Individuals make personal choices in this life, to be the best person possible, or to allow themselves to participate in the worst that society offers. Statistically 25% of kids in America are from single-parent homes, I couldn’t find details on single parent homes due to divorce or father/mother abandoning the home, as opposed to unmarried single parents, but I do have some personal experience to draw upon.
Being a single parent doesn’t make you unable to raise responsible, relevant, reliable and working adults. I know several families where a parent (father/mother) abandoned, and the other parent raised the family, without federal aide, some of them home schooling and working to support their children, others with the assistance of either public or private education options, and the children did not turn out to be thugs rioting, vandalizing, and looting the neighborhood businesses. Some of these, in fact, at least 30% of these are minority households. IF social aid was accepted temporarily, it was a very short term, assistance, not a long term lifestyle. In most of these situations, parents who were unable to find meaningful employment with a ‘job’ created their own job or business and found ways to support their family without public assistance.
I realize I’m stepping out on a limb here, but I’m pretty sure if the statistics are available, they’ll come out the same way. It matters less whether you’re a single parent, or a two family home, if the choices of the parents include long term, or lifestyle support from social assistance, welfare, food stamps, housing and any other social, or public assistance, the youth are more likely to participate in riots and vandalism.
The entitlement mindset is HUGE. With that mindset the world owes you a living, and a life. With a mindset of EARNING what you have, and being a responsible person, integrity, dignity, and better personal choices are the norm, not an accident. When you’re busy earning your way in this life, you don’t have time to go participate in rioting, looting, and vandalizing the rest of the world, you’re to busy taking care of your own part of the world.
Let’s get it straight, put the blame where it belongs, and then fix the problem created by entitlement mindsets, and lazy, worthless sponges that soak up the resources and contribute nothing to society. A helping hand ceases to be helpful when it becomes and excuse for a lifestyle of bad choices.
@Sheriff David Clark, please put the blame on the people responsible for perpetrating these crimes and not the hard working single parents who raised their children to be responsible hard working citizens.
Be part of the solution – apply for a job instead of beating up your neighbors, looting neighborhood businesses, and destroying public property.