“A” is for Accountability

If we truly desire that our government be by the people and for the people, then accountability must begin with the people. Whether you support them or not, there has been a new dialogue created by the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  If my own colorful circle of friends is any indication, the reactions to the ongoing protests are anything but unanimous.  While some commentary is fairly predictable of those standing stubbornly behind their elephant or donkey (respectively), I couldn’t help but notice that despite our seemingly enormous differences, there is – believe it or not – a thread that seems to unify the dialogue of supporters and detractors alike. An actual patch of common ground. We all – except maybe for that one guy in Zuccotti Park getting too many hits on YouTube for yelling that the world owes him stuff – believe in the idea of being responsible for our own actions – and holding other people accountable for theirs. It seems that everyone weighing in on both sides speaks to this idea of accountability.  The trouble is that no matter which side you are on, the fingers are always pointing in the wrong direction. Because accountability is not a justification for placing blame. In fact, it’s the opposite. It is an onus – a duty of each of us as citizens of a democracy – to know (at the very least) what the hell we are talking about.   A Strategic Shift   So let’s start from scratch for a moment.  Because this is important.  For the first time in a very long time, people are talking seriously...
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