Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

You do not get to blame anyone else for your own constituents’ woes when you are the incumbent. You are in control; you get to make the rules so that you may revel in the triumphs, but you must also absorb the failures. All of them. No excuses. The blame game is for losers.

But the blame should go where it belongs. Own it. Fix it. Not a very easy thing these days where everyone wants to not be responsible for anything bad and take credit for anything “good”.

It’s someone else’s fault.

PRINCETON, NJ — Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the United States has fallen back to 11%, the lowest level since December 2008 and just four percentage points above the all-time low recorded in October 2008.

1979-2011 Trend: In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?

But don’t worry, it’s all the Republicans Fault. The Liberals Fault. The Tea Party’s Fault. George Bush’s Fault. Big Oil. Corporations. “Rich” people. Anyone but who’s fault it really is.

And you elected them. Because of Ideology or laziness or “I always vote…”

And, of course, the Government is supposed to do everything for you and pay for everything for free… 🙂

But then you hand over all your power to people who are the ultimate in Narcissists and Control Freaks.

Was that a good idea?

I can’t help but wonder, though, if the real cause of our agita is the decline of American standards, the growing knowledge that we are becoming a nation of underachievers, coddled by our growing nanny state, forgiven for our crimes and taxed for our achievements. Why have we let the meritocracy and free spirit that used to define us become so watered down?

I think our decline began around the time children’s softball games started going un-scored — when we stopped declaring winners, we all became de facto losers. Lowered expectations mirrored lower institutional standards. We froze when we found out that our kids were scoring much worse on math tests than kids in Asian countries, understanding the implication but unable to correct for the disparity. When President Bush established “No Child Left Behind,” union teachers, unable to adequately teach, started helping their students cheat on basic skills tests so that their students would do well and they would keep getting promoted. (and Obama’s Education Department has floated granting waivers for the requirements because they are “too tough”)

It has gotten so bad that there is a movement afoot to promote academic mediocrity by abolishing standardized tests altogether. Some colleges already have “SAT optional” admissions policies. That way, if you can’t compete, you can just blame the test and get away with not even trying.

Really, fellow Americans? We’re going to put limits on how much homework teachers can assign and jettison merit-based testing, but we have the audacity to complain about outsourcing and blame our problems on natural disasters and the global economy? (DC)

Oh, and if you ask then to pay 12% of their benefits (that everyone else has to pay for totally) they’ll riot, take over the capital and want to throw you out of office with the most vile, hateful rhetoric imaginable.

Because they are ENTITLED.

Illegal Aliens Are ENTITLED.

Unions are ENTITLED.

It’s only “fair” that the “poor” are ENTITLED to sponge off everyone else.

We can’t cut Spending because someone is ENTITLED to that money that we are borrowing (40 cents on every dollar) and wracking up 3 million dollars of debt a day.

The Government is ENTITLED to run your life for you, because you’re a screw up and can’t do it correctly yourself. You can’t be trusted.  So they have to do it for you.

I wonder who was in charge of that education…Hmmm..The Government and the Unions perhaps? 🙂

But no need to worry, Mama Government will save you.

For a Price.

Your Freedom.

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” –Benjamin Franklin

I’m entitled to my opinion… FOR NOW! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez