When my sister, brother, and I were little and we got into a fight, we’d start complaining to my mom whose fault it was that we were fighting. As most moms do, she’d tell us that she didn’t care who started it – she was ending it! I can’t stop thinking about this. It has become blatantly obvious that this childhood argument justification process is being played out on a national level, and I wish I could figure out a way to end it.
It seems to me that politicians, the media, and leaders all across this country seem to pull down off the shelf their favorite form of entertainment when a crisis occurs – The Blame Game! Here are the typical strategies: the Left blames the Right and Vice versa, the states blame the federal government and vice versa, other countries are blamed, the police force or civilians are blamed, and it goes on and on and on. The way this always goes, you’d think that the object in the end is to spend as much time as possible blaming others so that those suffering are completely and thoroughly ignored.
Here’s the deal…when something like COVID or the current situation here in Texas or “enter next tragedy/emergency” happens, why not make your focus on fixing the problem and helping those who are suffering FIRST?! You’ll have all the time in the world for endless rounds of The Blame Game when things are on the mend, but your INITIAL action should be to shut your mouth, open your ears, and listen to the needs of the many.
Once that’s done, your next action should be finding ways to prevent or reduce the likelihood of the tragedy/emergency from happening again and/or getting worse. After THAT, and things are stabilized, feel free to knock yourself out and invite an unlimited number of players to your game night. I only ask that you somehow find a way to play this “game” like ADULTS! Stop the name calling, learn to admit mistakes, and hold people accountable. Like all games played, good sportsmanship should be the rule and not the exception.