Why blame?

On the 2-minute news, which is all radio seems capable of lately, tonight I heard the teaser “Who do you blame for gas prices?” Cut to ads. Now — I forget the numbers, 26% or so blame big oil, 33% President Bush, 44% Congress (I do recall Congress was the highest percentage).

Why must we find someone to blame, no matter the issue? Who’s to blame for the “housing crisis”? Who’s to blame for failed banks? Who’s to blame for the economy? Who’s to blame for unemployment? Or whatever.

Does blaming someone make us (collectively, I guess, as I know few individuals looking to place blame on anyone) feel better? Does it somehow absolve us of a responsibility — to go to the polls, to make our voices heard?
We don’t learn anyway, so what good does blaming do?

Published in: on August 5, 2008 at 8:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

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