- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Has personal responsibility, or response-ability, become an unmentionable?

Allow this call for a point of order.

Following a weekend of bloodletting in Chicago, hospitals became overwhelmed with patients, police and loved ones seeking answers. The best the mayor could do was urge the community to calm down and work with law enforcement.

In South Carolina, a woman pulled over for running a stop sign told police she can’t be arrested because she’s privileged — as in a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl.”

A D.C. group called the Anacostia Coordinating Council organized a meeting Wednesday evening to discuss the recent deaths and overdoses of people using street drugs sold as synthetic marijuana.

A sexual predator was nabbed after crossing the border with a 12-year-old girl he had said was his daughter. Actually, the girl had been “loaned” to him to pose as a relative so he could gain entry to the United States. His cover was blown when health officials discovered the girl had been sexually assaulted. The mom “loaned” her daughter to the man because he promised her employment. (Oy vey, mama.)

It seems as though personal responsibility is becoming a thing of the past. We need to restore it lest we forget that faith and family are among the true common bounds of humanity and public safety.

In other words, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems to forget that when talking out loud to people about the violence that’s taken hold of the city since he became mayor in 2011. His words after 12 people were fatally shot and 66 others were wounded in one weekend: “All of us know that this is not Chicago — what we saw — therefore all of us who love this city and call it home have a responsibility to heal our neighborhoods.”

Well, it’s not about “neighborhoods” — that’s gangster talk. The Mafia was territorial, ya dig?

People, human beings, often resort to “neighborhood” jabber and fall down because they don’t stand for anything, when they see no personal response-ability for the moment at hand.

Indeed, Mr. Emanuel blamed Chicagoans for their own grief and loss.

The woman, Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw, 32, of Bluffton, South Carolina, shook a finger, too. She must have been under such an intoxicating experience that she confused the summer of 2018 with the antebellum period in the Low Country, telling the officer she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” and that she had attended a “high credited university” where she had been a cheerleader and sorority girl.

When the arresting officer asked her what that had to do with anything, Ms. Cutshaw replied, “You’re a cop, you should know what that means,” and, “You’re a cop, you should know based on the people that come in this room.”

Back in good ol’ D.C., the Anacostia group means well. In one weekend, four people died from using K2 and other synthetic drugs, and more than 100 people overdosed on the streets near the U.S. Capitol.

Blessedly, our law enforcers, first responders and hospitals were not overwhelmed — and we certainly need them to remain on alert. But what we also need to do urge people to take personal response-ability for their actions and the actions of their children.

The way things are apace these days, the Cutshaws, Emanuels and desperate wannabe Americans are going to erase our hearts and minds of what faith and family values remain.

We can hold politicians like Mr. Emanuel accountable every time they run for office, and we have laws that will snatch 12-year-old rape victims from the arms of their rapists and their enablers.

Similarly, we can preach to our brothers and sisters about response-ability — which, of course, is learning to respond ably.

We should overwhelm this new age of resistance with an old pre-antebellum consciousness, call and response.

⦁ Deborah Simmons can be contacted at [email protected]

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