Cause Then Complain

by Peter Rose 2 years ago in opinion

Blame everyone except yourself.

Cause Then Complain

Cause Then Complain

Blame everyone except yourself.

This is a favourite ploy of politicians on all sides of the debate. Policies they supported while in power, have disadvantages that come to be noticed after they have left office and they suddenly become critics of that policy. Presumably, in the hope that the electorate have short memories or maybe because they themselves have selective amnesia.

This policy of causing something then complaining about the consequences, has become a very common attitude in every aspect of life.

This has become so widespread, so common, that most people do not even notice it anymore.

So here area few examples:

  • Politicians who oppose anything and everything just because the other party says it, then complain about a lack of cooperation from the other party.
  • Politicians who try to make political “capital” out of distorting and exaggerating a problem, then complain when others do the same thing.
  • Authorities who are controlling city and large town centres. They talk a great deal about reducing congestion and how many strong actions they are taking to achieve this, but they do not mean they are changing the urban infrastructure, they do not mean they are building underground roads; they mean their actions are designed to reduce the number of vehicles, and thus people, coming into the centres.
  • They then complain about businesses leaving the centre.
  • Publicity-seeking aspiring actors, who hire agents to get them publicity, then complain they have no privacy.
  • Politicians who will leap into any controversy with ill thought out “sound bites.” A few years later they complain when these words come back to show up their hypocrisy.

This malaise has gained hold of every aspect of our lives.

  • People avidly watch fake reality shows on TV, they consciously suspend rational knowledge and choose to to think that it is real life they are watching, and then they complain that their own life does not provide what they see on TV.
  • People spend money on a favourite pastime, and then complain they have no money left. Spouses agitate and convince partners to buy things, then complain it is not what they hoped for.
  • Governments raise taxation to levels that encourage the wealthy to leave the country, and then complain they are not collecting enough tax.
  • Bureaucrats knowingly bury every activity in piles of regulations and legal strictures, and then complain they are not understood by the average person.
  • Sports players cheat so often they get a reputation for it and then complain when their legitimate actions are penalised.
  • Teachers who apply their own political bias to their teaching, then complain when parents object.
  • Car drivers choose to ignore adverse weather conditions, then complain about the time to be rescued.
  • Police focus on minor motoring offences and ignore thefts, and then complain the public does not respect them.
  • TV producers ignore large sections of the potential audience, then complain the ratings are low.
  • Comedians think it funny to insult the elderly and those who do not agree with their politics, then complain they do not have larger audiences.
  • Lawyers seek only to reach verdicts that fit with the law while they ignore truth and justice, then they complain they have low public respect.
  • Publishers reject works from unknown writers on the basis they will be hard to sell, then complain they have no big selling books
  • People attend hospital accident and emergency units with minor problems or because they are too drunk to stand up, then they complain about the waiting time.
  • Newspapers print exaggerations and distortions, then complain about public disorder.
  • The top level of bureaucrats who control governments, try to subvert democracy, and then object when the majority disagree with them.
  • People demand more public services, then complain about paying too much tax.
  • Shoppers choose to buy in supermarkets, rather than go from shop to shop, then complain at lack of small shops.
  • Local authorities increase business rates and raise parking charges, then complain the shops are empty.
  • People arrive in a foreign country, uninvited and with no income, and complain they can not have the same economic benefits as the indigenous people.
  • People never write letters or emails, never phone anyone, then complain no one calls them.
  • Banks lend funds to start a business but not enough to allow it to prosper, then complain about that business inability to pay off debts.
  • Religions demand money from believers while preaching the virtue of poverty, then complain at falling memberships.
  • Preachers demand the audience has faith rather than they offer explanations, then complain of dwindling congregations.
  • Anarchists believe there should not be any laws, then complain if they are ill-treated.
  • Criminals disregard the laws, then protest if they are not protected by them.
  • People fail to look where they are going and complain when they fall over.
  • Cyclists fail to obey the traffic rules, then complain motorists get too close to them.

This list could be endless but what can we do to change things? It is very hard to imagine people changing back to accepting responsibility for all the consequences, intended and unintended, of their own actions. This present attitude seems far to entrenched.

Maybe we could start with the law courts. If courts stopped judging everything based on the letter of a law and started making judgement based on what is just, including culpability, in whole or in part, because the events were consequential to an action of the complainant; we may start to get better.

If politicians could remain silent unless they have honest, truthful and meaningful comments to make; that would improve things but I am not holding my breath.

This may be a common everyday aspect of modern life and seems to be accepted but it does have implications for democratic governments.

It is apparent that so much legislation is designed more as a public relationship exercise, designed to appease a section of the media, than to really deal with an injustice. Legislation that is not thought through and every consequence considered and allowed for, is enacted and future generations left to deal with the adverse effects.

If the electorate ignore the implications of politicians who complain about the consequences of policies they once advocated; then these politicians are free to say or do anything without fear of the consequences. When their policies prove disastrous they will simply join in complaining about them.

Peter Rose
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