Schroeder's Comments

Monday, May 22, 2006

Blame game

There must be some quirk in human nature that leads people to assign stereotypes and assess the blame on everyone but the true culprit.

There have been many times throughout my many years that I have heard many others throwing blame for mistakes off on someone else. None as prevalent as when you get caught breaking the law and the blame is thrown upon the law enforcement officer.

It could be as simple as going a few miles an hour over the speed limit. So many times I have heard others bad mouth the officer and blame them for writing the ticket. Running a stop sign of course couldn't be anyone's fault but that of the person that you happen to run into as you glide through the intersection with a bright red octagon sign that reads STOP. So once again, those darn officers are out to get you because you are charged.

And how about the habitual violators? Instead of attempting to become a law abiding citizen they continue that path of destruction and so many times lament that the cops must be out to get them. They could be simple traffic violations or something more serious like OWI or drugs, but the key word is habitual.

You are only allowed so many speeding violations, and then your right to drive and your ability to be insured are in jeopardy. But could it be the fault of the person who never seems to learn and continues to ignore the rules. Of course not, the officer, the courts, the whole system, is to blame.

Parents so many times coddle their children and convince themselves that their children can do no wrong. I have for the most part, be it right or wrong, considered my own children guilty until proven innocent.

If they had been accused of wrongdoing they had to prove their innocence in mom's court, and if they achieved that, I would do anything within my power to make things right. So many parents - no matter what their children do be it minor possession, vandalism, assault, drug possession or burglary - can't bring themselves to fault their own offspring. Once again, the cops are picking on them.

In any department throughout this land there are overzealous officers, but to stereotype all as "bad cops" is a bit naive. I hold nothing but high respect for those who strive to make our communities safe by upholding the laws that are there to protect us. The question is, can we manage to learn from the examples that are set for us?

* Reach Trudy Schroeder at tschroeder@stormlakepilottribune.com