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March 23, 2013

Day: Be your brother’s keeper

A friend asked whether I had taken a good look at the responsibility one has to another, friend or foe. So I thought I would dwell upon that target in this week’s column.

First off, let me tell you there have been times when I shirked my responsibility, and paid for it with not only pain but also with losing a friend. That is not good.

We all have some sort of responsibility to another, such as family, friends, even those we have never met. It would not do any justice to open those doors once opened. The pain will swell to a size that could not come out of those doors.

As children, we learn responsibility from our elders, and we use it to embark on a life of doing what is right. Our parents are and were the bearers of responsibility to the children they brought into the world. Our teachers are next in line, responsible to those children who are starting to show what they have learned.

Our higher learning takes us to a level of being responsible to a business or firm, where all must pull their own weight. You can’t just sit back with your feet on the desk and expect to get the job done.

In our cities, there are many who are responsible to those who elected them to office, and it seems like they have already set in with feet on the desk and a paycheck on its way to their pockets. In the states, we have governors who line up their buddies and put them in positions of responsibility with no training, except as friends. In the federal government, there are levels of responsibility and incompetent leaders sitting back and getting a paycheck for doing nothing.

I am not talking about any certain holders of those areas of responsibility, as most of us know without asking who is doing the job and who is jobbing us. So when we talk about people being responsible, we have to take a good look both close up and far away, and tell ourselves we are being responsible for electing those who are not acting responsible or willing to do anything for the betterment of our beloved USA. Maybe we need to hold up on their checks each pay period, and even tell them to go home and stay there.

Who is responsible for all those who sneak across our borders and take our jobs? Now, don’t get me wrong, my friends. I have a lot of friends who came over, got their citizenship papers and took their vows as Americans who will go by the Constitution of the USA and live free with rights set down by that Constitution. But we have good old Americans sitting in our chairs of government who really ought to be replaced or have their pay adjusted for what they get done for us. Doing that to them would put them down to the pay that our middle class tries to live on.

I am an old man who believes that if you were elected to do a job, it should be done as best as possible. That is the responsibility that they owe us.

We go on being responsible for the things we do, yet not for the results, which is a shame. So let’s just say that we reap what we sow. Responsibility is a practice of action.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.

 

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