We naturally seek answers for the ills facing the nation, and rightfully so. I too have found it easy to blame Washington and Wall Street for the economic crisis. I have blamed the mainstream media for the perceptions some have with regard to the war on terrorism or the battlefronts in Afghanistan and Iraq. And while it is easy to point here and there in order to place some semblance of reason and blame for the events taking place, I have found it more difficult and less convenient to look into the mirror and say: `O.K., what have you done Will Griffith to help resolve these issues?"
The fact is while we blame Washington and Wall Street, we tend to do so because it is the easy way to look at things. It is more difficult to recognize that, perhaps, as American citizens we did not do all we could or should have done to find solutions to the things we need to resolve.
Have I utilized my entrepreneurial station in life to find any solutions? Have I done enough to make the economic crisis less of a crisis for my family and my business? Have I been active and involved enough in the community and the national political landscape?
As this self-interrogation is sobering, the inevitable answer to these questions is: No, probably not.
The challenge is in finding new ways to engage our citizenship with action that produces, at the very least, potential solutions to the current issues facing our country. While we may not find answers to help the nation as a whole, we can certainly find answers that make our individual, family and business lives better, more productive and more secure.
While the government is now expected to bailout bad business decisions, low-performance school districts in Detroit and provide for the health care of our nation, we are waiting for government to do what the American people have the power to do themselves. Anything the government does will always be open for abuse. It is, therefore, our responsibility to make our lives better, improving each day and empowering our citizenship to provide something to our communities.
We all can blame someone else for the struggles and challenges we face. The real challenge is in finding ways to improve our own lives, asking for help from the private sector if need be, and rejecting the perception that government can solve all of our problems. Ronald Reagan said it best when he said "Government is not the solution to our problems...government IS the problem".
By rejecting the blame game and setting aside the obvious causes, let us find ways to improve upon what we know. Let us begin in our own families, our businesses and our communities. And let us end the era of the "Citizen Victim", where we tend to blame someone other than ourselves for our difficulties, and brace-up, face the challenges square in the eye and resolve to conquer those challenges.
It does not take a village. It takes the individual who is willing to dream it and then resolve to make it happen.
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL