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We Need A Lesson In Accountability!

I call on people to be ‘obsessed citizens,’ forever questions and asking for accountability.  That’s the only chance we have today to a healthy and happy life.  ~Ai Weiwei

Kyle likes being held accountable for his actions, & in turn he is fine holding others accountable for their actions too! He’s going to make a great leader!

Life brings up lessons, some larger than others,  But sometimes do we need that lesson?  I mean, to me they are just common sense.  Do we really have to teach adults accountability?  Maybe I’ve lived in a hole my entire life and this has been going on since time began, but it seems like an easy fix.  I’m talking about accountability.

You know that’s one lesson I don’t ever remember my parents having to teach us.  Probably because they taught by example.  Everyone messes up in life, in one form or another, no one is perfect.  But how you handle your mistakes says a lot about a person and their character.  Also those who are directly or indirectly involved and how they handle the situation, says a lot too.  Whether they are quick to assist and find a solution, and more importantly to forgive.

Anytime we’ve messed up, as kids and adults over the years, and there was a lot, we held ourselves accountable for our mishaps.  Each of us took full responsibility for our actions and never tried to lie about anything or get out of it.  On the flip side, my parents accepted our faults, forgave us and tried to assist us in any way.  They would never rub our noses in our mistakes and hold it again us.  Seriously, sometimes it was never spoken of again, or, if the time was right they teased a little, but never lost faith in us that we couldn’t make the right decisions.  There was trust, and that was never questioned.  We might have gotten into stupid trouble, mostly me and Ryan, but it was never malicious, never disrespectful to anyone or their property, and we never tried to put another in harms way.  We were just kids.  Kids who always held themselves accountable without question.

Now as an adult, I still screw up, but again I take full responsibility for my actions and always try to make right, like most people.  Yes, I believe the majority of the population in the world strive to do good, even though sometimes they are a bit misguided in their thinking, and yes, they something don’t choose the best course of action.  Those that are opposite are smaller in number, and again I think the underlying intent is for good.

So my question is, how do you show accountability when there is so much unaccountability displayed with our leaders?  How do I explain that to Kyle?  Heck, I never knew how to explain that to my employees regarding leaders in my own work life.  It’s true, a boss who refused to be held accountable for anything and chose to finger point for his own business.  Similar to our president?  I’ll get to that in a minute.  And you have prominent positions?  With power and authority?  And you don’t feel you need to be held accountable?  Come on people, you are setting the example for our youth!  Your actions effect us all!

The entire IRS scandal still has me in a huff.  I’m sure targeting certain groups is not a new concept (they targeted conservative groups or those businesses who supported the republican party).  That’s not right either, but their actions with our tax dollars is outrageous, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on dance lessons, travel expenses, and who knows what else.  We’re talking about employees who were living high on the hog from the start with their huge salaries and Washington perks.  Seriously, I think it should be paid back to the people, because after all, it was basically theft.  Now, it seems like there is just a bunch of finger pointing.  No one wants to be held accountable, usually making the low man on the pole the scape goat.  Stand up and be a man!  Everyone who does, will feel better in the long run.

Now I heard the IRS, the very same department of the United States of America, who have been proven to abuse their authority and basically steel money from tax payers, are now in charge to say what Medicare pays!  We are putting a bunch of number crunching thieves in charge of our health?  This has got to stop!

Of course, I guess I shouldn’t expect anything different when we have Hillary Clinton who was the Untied States Secretary of State, who would not even take accountability for her lack of action.  At least at present, Hillary was never held accountable for the attacks in Benghazi, the second deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facility during the Obama administration.  When questioned, she became hot headed and still would never claim any accountability.  It was almost embarrassing watching her sit there and skirt around the subject at hand when questioned.  The facts remain that there were a list of some 234 security incidents in Libya, of which 50 took place in Benghazi.  These incidents including hijacking, bombing, kidnapping and assassination attempts took place between June 2011 and July 2012.  Sounds like a security issue to me.  But Hillary probably didn’t have time to actually do her job and dismissed the warning signs.  She should have absolutely, without question, been held accountable immediately for her inaction.  Yet, did president Obama step up to hold her accountable?  Nope!  Yet he’ll step in and use the government to overrule a hearing involving the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman case, when he has absolutely no right.  That is a direct abuse of power!  What about all those innocent people who died overseas?  Some are there under his orders, protecting the United States and its people.  We’re talking about death, not just money, but death because of a lack of accountability.  Sounds like a jail sentence to me!

According to Merriam-Webster:

ac·count·abil·i·ty : the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions <public officials lacking accountability>
Yes it actually had “public officials lacking accountability”
Last night I was watching President Obama give another vague, misleading speech on how the economy is getting better.  Yep the upper class and the wealthy are the same, yet there is becoming more of a separation in the middle class.  Fox News gave actual numbers that I can’t remember, number the president wouldn’t share, but bounce around.  Basically lying!  But what really struck me, was his blatant attempt to cover up scandal and abuse of power.  Again finger pointing.  He called out Congress for being less concerned for the economy and more about “an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals.”  Really?  Sounds like someone who doesn’t want to be held accountable for his actions and his position.  Are we really that stupid?  Phony?  There is video tape of the IRS abusing their authority, records of the Benghazi incidences and factual numbers regarding our economy.  They are NOT fake, but maybe the one in charge is?
The president of the United States is not only our Commander-in-Chief, but he is also the leader, our company’s CEO.  Ultimately he is in charge and should be held responsible for his employees actions and misdirection.  In the real world outside the government, if a boss is not running a company properly, in fact running it into the ground, he is fired!  Sometimes put in jail.  He has to be held accountable.  Same goes for the leaders of the motor industry.
Speaking of Detroit, Michigan, they are filing for bankruptcy?  Are you kidding?  What the government is here to give you money every time you spend too much?  Nope, be proud of your area and your people, get creative and be held accountable for you actions.  I’m not saying do it alone, sure ask for help, but don’t ask for a handout.  And certainly don’t think you can sit back and do nothing to assist or cut corners to make it happen.
Maybe I should be talking about respect and common sense rather than accountability.  I’m not saying I have all the answers, and I know I am not truly privy to all inside information that is pertinent to specific situations, but sometimes you need to step back and really see the forest.  Let’s get to the true roots of the problem and work on fixing that, rather than the surface.  Maybe it’s easier said than done, but certainly not impossible.  It’s been done before and it can be done again, but let’s start with ceasing of all lying and start being accountable for our actions.  Everyone, from the very top to the bottom.
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