While driving home last week from south Texas it crossed my mind that I had no topic for this week’s column. Then, over the airways, came manna raining down from Washington. Hillary declared Bill a victim and, therefore not responsible for what he has done.
Background. Last week, Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the new Talk Magazine wherein she openly discussed her husband’s unfaithfulness. Ordinarily I would consider this unworthy of comment, and I wouldn’t be spending ink on it now absent her attempt to justify the President’s actions based on his childhood experiences.
We now learn that the leader of the most powerful nation on earth is a “victim” resulting from disharmony between his mother and his grandmother in 1950. Huh? Additionally, he is not responsible for his sexual dalliances due to this victimhood — he has an uncontrollable obsession to please women! The boys down at the bar will be excited to get this arrow in their quiver!
Presumably, this new explanation by Hillary replaces her previous allegation that, in fact, President Bill had not dallied and was a victim of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” which plotted day and night to de-rail the Clinton political freight train. New day, new story. Will the spin never end?
As you may have guessed, this whole liberal clap-trap about victimhood rattles my chain! Bill Clinton has done the reprehensible things he has done because he lacks a moral compass to set his course. He is dishonest and deceitful because he lacks character. None of these flaws result from disharmony between Mama and Grandma. All are easily correctable by simply committing to do right and just say “no” to doing wrong. It doesn’t “take a village,” a guru, a sensitivity course or any of the myriad other liberal duct tape fixes that can help us avoid admission that we are responsible for our actions.
I dare say that every American can find a victim group to which they belong and can therefore claim exemption from doing what they ought to do. Short people, fat people, skinny people, racial minorities, oldsters, youngsters, Baptists, Catholics, and now, people whose mothers argued with their grandmother in 1950.
In my judgment, the liberal mantra of victimhood for all is the worst problem in America today. As soon as we give people an excuse for not making the tough life choices, they have a tendency to yield to temptation. After all, they have a “note from home” and no criticism will be forthcoming. This runs smack in the face of the basic human need for accomplishment and accountability.
With no evidence to support my allegation, I suggest that the sanctification of victimhood over the last 30 years has destroyed more lives than all the assault rifles in America. Liberal government thrives on keeping the downtrodden in the ditch so they can be rescued by big government.
No downtrodden = no liberal client base.
Instead of preaching that no one is responsible for their actions and, therefore cannot help themselves, it would be better to preach that each of us can control our lives and must answer for our choices.
During my time in Army boot camp at Ft. Polk, La., I learned that I could do a lot more than I had previously believed possible. My self confidence rose as I overcame one stumbling block after another. Army boot camp is not the universal answer for victimhood, however it does provide an environment conducive to overcoming self doubt. Perhaps President Bill could have dealt with his obsessions if he joined me and the other draftees in boot camp instead of dodging the draft.
Alas, we shall never know, but Hillary’s excuse of her husband’s inexcusable actions strongly implies that she is hanging around to pursue her own political ambition at the expense of her dignity.
THOUGHT FOR THE MOMENT
Regardless of the color of our skin, our economic condition, our gender, or even how we worship God, we should all determine, deep down within ourselves, whether we believe that there exist any absolutes in life. We need to decide whether there are any lines in the sand that society dare not cross.
— Rabbi Daniel Lapin, from the book, America’s Real War
Joe D. Jones, CPA, is publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.