"Without personal responsibility there cannot be freedom. It is
just that simple."
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the
hard work you already did.”
"By blaming everything on “society,” contemporary liberals are really
trying to escape the personal responsibility that comes with being an
"Precisely because our rights are endowed by our Creator, the individual
burden of responsibility borne by each citizen is greater than in any
other country. This is why our new-found sense of entitlement and of victimization
is exactly wrong – and so corrosive to the American spirit."
Today, we learned that Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign failed to collect enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot. We would expect some recognition of personal responsibility on Gingrich's part. Instead, from the campaign's facebook page, this is what Newt's campaign had to say:
"This was not due to a lack of effort by our volunteers, but the cumbersome process in Virginia."
The campaign director went on to compare this setback to Pearl Harbor. Seriously, Pearl Harbor? Was this some kind of sneak attack by the State of Virginia? Were the ballot requirements imposed in an unfair, secret manner? Was the campaign unaware of the requirements?
I did not find any recognition by the campaign that they made a mistake or did not work hard enough. I found no acceptance of personal responsibility. Personal responsibility and hard work are for others, it seems. Not for the Newt Gingrich campaign of 2012. Their campaign is so novel, it seems, that they should not be expected to comply with the rules that apply to others. The phrase, "new-found sense of entitlement and of victimization," comes to mind. Isn't that what Newt himself said was wrong with America today?
My prediction: Gingrich's campaign is over. Any doubts that he was just going through the motions should be dispelled by this latest episode. Newt is on a book tour; not a presidential campaign. (I'd also like to remind the media not to get so enamored of the latest polls that they forget about all the hard work and organization it takes to round up actual votes in caucuses and primaries. We should take seriously only the campaigns with the staff, the volunteers, the enthusiasm, and the level of commitment it takes to win.)
P.S. Rick Perry failed to qualify in Virginia also. Remember Rick Perry?
(Photo from Creative Loafing)