Better East Texas: Stop playing the blame game, America

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The year 2016 will probably go down in history as the year of blame.

Some of the biggest stories, especially those surrounding individuals, are laced with blaming some other factor instead of those event-central individuals taking responsibility for their actions and the outcome of their circumstances.

It is a pitiful lesson for our children and those looking to dodge responsibility. The most recent fail was on New Year's Eve when Mariah Carey had a technical malfunction on the live broadcast from Time Square. She should not have gone on stage if the equipment was not working properly but she did and now she looks foolish.

Either way, she should know her songs. MMA fighter Rhonda Rousey tried to make a comeback and was knocked out in just 48 seconds. Blame the trainer. And of course, there is the election of 2016. Both President-elect Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton and many of the primary candidates had separate blaming sessions where finger pointing superseded true inspection and personal culpability.

Closer to home we hear it regularly when people avoid taking responsibility for their actions and the final outcomes.

Now, I say all this not to portray that there aren't other influences when something goes wrong but at some point, we all must accept that the result is on us and we must own it. We need that from our children and we that from us as adults.

Perhaps 2017 will be the year of owning it – our country certainly needs it and it will make for a Better East Texas.

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