Your Screwed Up Life Is Your Own Responsibility John Hawkins | Dec 09, 2014
“There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.” — P.J. O’Rourke
“We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did,but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past.” – Thomas Sowell
It’s truly bizarre how often in Obama’s America that we are being presented with “victims” we’re supposed to feel sorry for without anyone even seeming to notice that they created their own dilemma with their bad behavior.
Just to name one of many examples, while we shouldn’t condone excessive force by the police, citizens dealing with the cops should also be expected to behave responsibly. Attacking a police officer or even resisting arrest is an inherently dangerous activity just like climbing Mount Everest. If you do any of those things, there is a not insignificant chance that you will be injured or even killed. Again, that doesn’t mean the police should have a get-out-of-jail-free card, but if you fought the law and the law won, MOST people won’t shed a lot of tears for you, nor should they.
Along similar lines, we already have a way for foreigners to enter this country legally and become American citizens. Millions have done exactly that and have been welcomed. On the other hand, millions have also crossed the border illegally. They did so knowing that the penalty for coming to this country illegally is deportation. On some level, it HAS TO BE deportation because if foreigners can cross our borders with impunity, then in effect, we no longer have borders. Yet, we’re supposed to feel sorry for people who broke the law and are now faced with a just penalty for breaking the law because it will disrupt their lives. If their lives are harder because they chose to break the law, isn’t it their fault for behaving so irresponsibly in the first place? Why should anyone expect the welcome mat to be rolled out for him after he’s entered a foreign country illegally?