People do what they do, and behaviors have consequences. People – young, old, men, women, boys, girls – choose, and each choice has consequences. Some choices are default with no conscious thinking, but those are still choices, and have consequences, good ones, bad ones, mixed ones, disastrous ones.
Progressives/liberals believe they can and should remove consequences from choices and behaviors. So you bought a house you couldn’t afford, stopped making your mortgage payments, and the lender as consequence forecloses, and takes back the house. So you – young, poor, uneducated, jobless – have unprotected or insufficiently-protected sexual intercourse, either choosing consciously or by default, get pregnant and nine months later download an unwanted baby. You’re unmarried, the “father” is long gone. In the first case, progressives/liberals demand that the bank keep you in the house, and take a loss. In the second case, progressives/liberals design a U.S. Government program as part of their “Great Society”, called “Aid to Dependent Children (ADC)”.
The law of consequences is like the laws of physics and the laws of economics. Because progressives/liberals will them gone, doesn’t change reality. In the first case, federal legislators, ala Maxine Waters, Chris Dodd, and Barney Frank had gotten Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae lending money to unqualified buyers – justified by protestations about “affirmative action” and prior discrimination based on bogus research – and gotten regulators like then HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo to bully banks into participation. After the consequences inevitably appeared, those same progressives/liberals bully banks again, trying to make the consequences go away. In the second case, young girls in escalating numbers get pregnant and download, then to be supported by Uncle Sam, just as long as no man is in the house. Millions of black children have grown up with no father, no father figure, no male role model, and society has a multi-generational disaster on its hands.
Personal responsibility isn’t a conservative idea or principle. It is reality. Choices you make determine whether you will be fat or skinny, whether you’ll become economically-independent or poor, whether you’ll be as healthy as possible, given your genetics, or obese, diabetic, emphysemic, and/or alcoholic.
Why was Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida some 250 miles north of his home in Miami/Dade, Florida? Why was Trayvon Martin not in school? Why was Trayvon Martin walking across the gated community when he had no family living within 250 miles of it? Why did Trayvon Martin have no arrest record, even though in the last six months of his life he’d been once caught by police with illegal drugs and once caught with a large bag of stolen jewelry? Why did Trayvon Martin walk where he did after dark wearing a hoodie, though the uniform of hip-hop culture, a signal of trying to hide one’s identity to a resident or neighborhood-watch captain in that community? Choices and behaviors. Consequences. I know the answers to each of the above questions. Maybe you should as well. Reality versus nonrational feeling.