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It's time to stop playing blame game

Sunday, July 28, 2002

When, oh when, will American society begin accepting responsibility for its own mistakes and quit playing the blame game? I am growing increasingly sick and tired of stories where Americans point the finger of blame at everyone but themselves.

Ceasar Barber is a conservative editorial writer's dream. The 56-year-old New York resident filed suit this week against four fast food chains because he is obese. Barber says the fast food industry has wrecked his life by serving him food that made him fat. At 272 pounds, Barber suffers from an array of health problems mostly associated with obesity. But Barber needs to look in the mirror to find the solution to his problems.

The clown and his lawyer go on television to tell the world that McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken have ruined his life. He claims he believed fast food burgers and greasy chicken were "good for you" until a doctor informed him otherwise. For decades, this porker has stuffed his face with thousands of burgers and fries without the slightest belief that it might not be the best diet possible? Give me a break!

Barber must have lived in a cave to believe his eating habits were not the source of his growing girth. But now, blameless as we have become, Barber finds some sleazy lawyer willing to file suit and extort money from the fast food industry. I hope the courts throw the case into the river and then charge Barber and his lawyer with wasting the time of the judicial system.

Isn't it time folks for people to begin accepting their own mistakes? We have become a society of whiners who are unwilling to acknowledge that some of our problems are of our own making. We are quick to accuse others for the irresponsibilities that impact our lives. And as a society we've taken a giant step backward.

When countless minorities use the race card or when a customer wins a lawsuit over hot coffee, we shift the blame of our own mistakes onto others. It's just like the kid who blames everything under the sun for his missing homework instead of accepting the fact that it was his own laziness that is responsible. And yet it goes on and on.

Caesar Barber is not to be pitied. He should be scorned. His actions and his actions alone are responsible for his obesity. But now he wants others to pay for his mistakes. He should be ashamed and his lawyer should be ashamed and the courts should be insulted that he is wasting their time.



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