The blame game

Politicians are masters at the blame game, but not quite so good at taking responsibility for their actions. Photo: Yogi Berra

MISSOURI, September 23, 2013 — Did you ever notice that when anything goes wrong in our country, immediately the blame game starts? Political rivals almost salivate at the opportunity a crisis provides to one-up each other.

In August 2003, the New York grid electrical system went down and millions of people were without power. The residents of many cities were caught as they were leaving work. That very evening, the senator from New York was on the radio blaming the President’s administration for the failure, despite the fact that no one knew the cause of the black out.

In reality, neither political party to blame. But that did not stop the accusations.

The following Sunday, it seemed all the “talking heads” on television were giving their take of the situation. Some individuals recognized the political game and urged silence. All the blame hindered the pursuit of truth and efforts to understand what really happened.  

In situations like this, there should be a plan in place and a determination by the major responsible parties to implement such a plan. Reports should be made to the nation stating the progress on each major non-sensitive milestone of a problem-solving plan. 

Furthermore, someone must be held accountable for this plan, not a committee or group, but one person. That person would implement the plan and, if it does not proceed, find a replacement. Wouldn’t it be great if the citizens were informed without biased reporting and wasting time in the blame game? That’s what they do in the private sector, and it works. One guesses the reason it works is that we have to resolve problems in a timely, quality and cost-effective manner. The Washington inner circle ought to try it.

Recently, politicians reverted to the blame game after the horrendous shootings at the Naval Ship Yards in Washington D.C. 

Politicians even blamed a video for the Benghazi tragedy. This tragedy has yet to be resolved.

The blame game has to stop, as it is very childish. If you foul up, say so and state what you are going to do about it. Wouldn’t that be refreshing? Depending on the severity of the foul-up, the individual may be given the chance to take action and solve the problem. That person would be respected for his or her or her integrity.

Perhaps the politicians have taken a page from Yogi Berra, who said, “I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”

However, that’s from a place and time I am from


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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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