Friday, October 13, 2006

Blame It On The Rain

You know, this is one of my favorite songs. Although they will be best known as the ones in the lip sync scandal, it really is a smooth little tune by Milli Vanelli (or whoever they really were); and it pretty much sums up a lot of what I have been saying here at PYY, since it's inception.

Blame it on the rain (rain)

Blame it on the stars (stars)

Whatever you do don't put the blame on you


These very words, by themselves, describe the attitudinal and cultural flaws that have become so pervasive, here in the U.S. and the rest of the world. They illustrate a certain lowering of value standards.

Evidently so does Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe, so evidenced by her latest column entitled, Blame game has no winners.

IT'S TIME grown-ups embraced a sentiment popular today with kids: ``My bad."

The expression -- launched from missed passes and shots during pickup basketball games -- means ``It's my fault. I take responsibility."

The rest of the article demonstrates the insanity of just how the political world sounds to those outside it. It shows how they must have used the lyrics of this song as the primary basis for developing these standards of attitudes and ethics. The fine art of blame casting and failure to take responsibility is a required block of instruction for all future politicians, and it is now carrying over to the rest of the people.

And we wonder where kids learn to lie, cheat, and steal. All they need to do is follow Congress to any minor degree, and they can see all three in perfect functional operation.

6 comments:

ms. miami said...

how funny! i actually liked the music of milli vanilli, myself (no matter who was actually singing- it was catchy...)

well, given today's obsession with litigation, unfortunately, never taking the blame has become de rigueur as a mode of self-preservation.

alas, the buck-stopping days are long gone, n'est-ce pas?

LASunsett said...

Ms. Miami,

//how funny! i actually liked the music of milli vanilli, myself (no matter who was actually singing- it was catchy...)//

Yeah, I like it. Believe it or not, I am pretty cool for an old guy. I love music from all eras. But being a baby boomer, my tastes have always centered around rock. All kinds. No rock is refused.

//well, given today's obsession with litigation, unfortunately, never taking the blame has become de rigueur as a mode of self-preservation.

alas, the buck-stopping days are long gone, n'est-ce pas?//


Vous êtes correct. (No, I don't speak French, it's courtesy of freetranslation.com)

:)

ms. miami said...

très bien, la! just one small error that a translator cannot remedy- it can't know that you are speaking to a woman. if it could, it would have given you:

vous êtes correcte.

A.C. said...

Human nature heing what it is, the founders had to know that if given power even an honest man might be corrupted. The checks and balances is the only mechanism holding us together, in spite of the crooked leaders. The alien media nation used to large contributor but like politicians, their power also corrupted. They need checks and balances, too, which is currently us, the bloggers.

Not to argue, but I think the founders might be mildly pleased if they made a return visit.

LASunsett said...

Ms. Miami,

//just one small error that a translator cannot remedy- it can't know that you are speaking to a woman. if it could, it would have given you:

vous êtes correcte.//


Das tut mir leid. (And I didn't need the translater for that one.)

LASunsett said...

AC,

//Not to argue, but I think the founders might be mildly pleased if they made a return visit.//

Don't ever think that you can't argue here, that's what I am here for. ;)

I agree with you in that, the checks and balances are working today, in spite of the fact that the conduct of the inhabitants of the white stone dome-shaped building in DC has been deplorable. Our system has flaws but overall, it is as effective as any other democratically elected government (if not more so).

Three things I think the founding fathers would just have a cow over:

1. The size of government.

2. The extra powers the feds have slowly assumed from the states.

3. Judges legislating from the bench.