Blame Game: America’s Newest Favorite Past Time.

Our “blame everyone and anyone for everything” mantra hinders progress and threatens our values.

Credit: Jim Hubbard Photography
Our founding era → we fought for liberty.
19th Century → we fought for freedom.
20th Century → we fought for progress & civil liberties.
2000’s → we fought terrorism.
2010’s → we fought ourselves.

Historic

Post 9/11 era wasn’t perfect, but it was a unified one.

We cared for one another. During catastrophic disasters, like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, the nation bonded together to help one another.

We respected one another. We listened to each other and we got things done. Things weren’t always easy, but together we survived the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression among other vast challenges. Together, we implemented policies on a governmental and community level in helping everyone be self-reliant.

Compromise wasn’t a bad word in our vocabulary. Washington was functional. Democrats and Republicans worked together. On Main Street, communities tackled problems together and thus we all strived forward.

We were we.

The Problem

Post “post 9/11” became what I like to call “the Blame Era.”

We have blamed race, religion, and gender for our problems causing more tensions among ourselves than ever in recent memory. The growth of hate crimes against minorities segments of our society continue to grow or remain stagnant at an unacceptable rate. Our divisions stand tall, where we continue to pull ourselves apart rather than bring ourselves together. This behavior continues to unravel progress that we, as a nation, achieved over the course of the last century.

We have blamed authorities for our problems at home and on our streets. Confidence in our police continues to sit at a 22 year low; meanwhile, a number of police departments around the country continue in struggling to fill vacancies. Chief concern from communities all across the country remain the same: police departments do not reflect the demographic makeup of the communities they serve. While the police remain highly demoralized by the community having low confidence in them. Instead of addressing problems, we have created a culture of hostility and division in our community.

We have blamed lawmakers for all the gridlock in our politics. In 2016, Congressional approval rating stand below 20%, yet 96% of Congressional members got reelected. Back on Main Street, we labeled Washington as a residence of distrust, all while voter turnout stands at a 20-year low.

Blame everyone and anyone for everything!
The only one we should be blaming is ourselves.

The Solution

Moving forward, this should be an era of action; an unified era of action.

Blaming didn’t get our nation this far, and it can’t get us out of the challenges we face.

I believe our greatest days are still ahead of us. We have more in common than we think. For starters, we have a common goal: progress. And progress starts at home.

Small changes such as voting alone can create a positive ripple effect that can help our whole society progress forward. Together we can address our problems, have better representation, and continue to achieve progress for all of us.

Progress starts with you, me, us.

All of us — together.


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Aarij Merchant.