There’s a radio commercial that I hear on almost a daily basis for a shyster legal firm that claims to be able to get just about anyone off of drunk driving charges. Their tagline is “friends don’t let friends plead guilty”. How about “friends don’t let friends drive drunk?” I wrote about this a couple of years ago, I have no idea if it’s the same lawyers or not, but it’s really pissing me off.
The whole thing is a prime example of what’s wrong with our increasingly liberalized society. Nothing is ever your fault, point the blame somewhere else, if you get caught, find someone who can get you out of it, etc. In fact, there’s another commercial on the same station that advertises “if you haven’t paid your taxes in years and your wages are garnished…” Well genius, how about you just pay your damn taxes like everyone else? These people are their own worst enemies.
But of course, nobody will ever admit that. Nobody is ever to blame for their own problems. It’s not your fault and even if it is your fault, just hire some fat cat lawyer and they’ll make your problems go away!
Whatever happened to responsibility in this country? It’s become a bad word. People are supposed to be penalized for doing things wrong, that’s their impetus to stop doing things wrong again in the future! You’re supposed to learn from your mistakes, but today, nobody ever makes any mistakes, they just want to get away with it scot free! That’s why consequences for one’s actions are so important, they are a learning tool that keeps someone from making the same mistakes over and over and over again. We don’t have that anymore. We now let people get off without blinking an eye. When it comes time to do that same action again, instead of thinking “holy crap, I don’t want to go through that again”, we’re conditioning people to say “what the heck, they got me off last time, they can do it again!”
That’s really where our society has gone wrong, we’ve stopped holding people accountable for their actions. People can hire lawyers to get them off of a charge, even if they’re guilty. They can plea deal. They can make excuses. None of which has anything to do with actually being responsible for your actions and that’s what we need. The message we need to be sending is not “go ahead and drive drunk, we can get you off”, it’s “don’t drive drunk in the first place”.
It’s no wonder our planet is going to hell in a handbasket.