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Don't blame politicians for all our woes

I usually agree with Dan Rodricks, but I believe that he has fallen into the same trap as many other Americans who express concern about the direction in which the country is headed ("Ambivalence, dissatisfaction at the polls," Nov. 5). All of these discussions blame President Barack Obama and/or the Congress for the perceived decline of the country. Don't we, the regular people and citizens, deserve most of the blame?

We are dealing with a society that has devalued marriage and family life. Many families are extremely dysfunctional, and the dysfunction is being passed on to succeeding generations. Although scientific data indicates that regular marijuana use is dangerous especially for young people, we choose to ignore the facts and want marijuana to be legalized. We incur levels of personal debt unheard of in the past. We are slaves of social media and an out-of-control celebrity culture.

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We want more leisure time than we can support. We would rather invest in tattoos or so called body art than a book for our children. The banks and corporate America have dropped the ball by eliminating defined benefit pension plans and by charging usurious interest rates. They have closed plants and eliminated thousands of jobs all in the name of greed. They have relocated companies to avoid paying taxes.

I think we should get over blaming President Barack Obama and Congress for all our problems and consider what changes we can make to improve our world view.

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Edward McCarey, Baltimore

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