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Victims of victimization

by R. Lee Wrights

R. Lee WrightsNobody does it better. No group of people on the face of the Earth is better at finding ways to label themselves “victim” than the citizens that occupy the United States of America. No matter what type of hardship befalls them, Americans can find a way to blame someone, or something, which allows them to feel victimized by elements beyond their control. Americans have found a way to relieve themselves of all responsibility in matters that concern their own lives. It’s easy. They join a movement that is sweeping the globe when they succumb to the myth of victimization.

Stupidity is superseded; responsibility is relinquished; and, all is made right in our own private world when we surrender to the idea that every bad thing that happens to us is someone else’s fault. We transform ourselves into pitiful victims in need of relief, restoration and restitution. Citizens convince themselves that they are deserving of compensation because “society” has failed them in some way. And, if a private individual or corporation cannot be found as the source of some evil manifestation, the government can easily be blamed due to improper regulation or some other such nonsense. When people put their minds to it, it becomes all too easy to classify themselves as victims.

The sad moral to the myth of victimization is that the concept, when embraced totally, really does render actually victims. By blaming other individuals or groups for all the ills that life inflicts upon us, we create a victim class of blameless souls. Everyone within a given society must pay a bounty for every transgression deemed to be the result of a flaw in cultures or customs. If some blubber-butt successfully sues the fast-food industry for causing his/her obesity, all the sane people will pay the price of astronomical judgments when they occasionally decide to have a quick, convenient snack. Tobacco growers and users have already been victimized by the sanction of stupidity. Society must cash the checks written by crafty attorneys on behalf of the simply absurd.

We are victimized by the very system intended to benefit the victims of society. I have worked with local grassroots organizations all my life. I have attended numerous Neighborhood Watch meetings; and, countless city council, school board, and county commissioners meetings only to see individuals counseled to become victims. I have listened to law enforcement officials of every rank tell citizens the same thing over and over again when they are asked, “What is the best course of action when faced with an armed assailant?” They all advise that you “give the attacker what he/she wants and call the police at the next opportunity.” That’s right, if a man with a gun wants your car, give him your car. If a man with a knife wants your wallet, give it to him and call 911 as quick as you can. Innocent people are enslaved by society’s solutions designed to address the effects of victimization.

Instead of telling people to fight back, the State cautions us to just surrender and join the ever-growing throng of victims. Instead of instructing people to arm themselves by mastering the use of a weapon, they are taught to cow down to the weapon when it is held upon them. Instead of urging individuals to be responsible for themselves, they are programmed to be dependent on a justice system that everyone admits cannot protect them. The State creates a victim class from its own citizenry by teaching them it is better to be a slave to an armed intruder than to be free individuals with the capability of defending themselves. We become victims of the State in an effort to avoid being victimized by the smallest proportion of society that chooses to live outside the law.

We all become victims of victimization when we are convinced that we share a responsibility as a group for all the problems that plague mankind. No one is personally responsible when the group takes on the impossible task of righting all of society’s wrongs. The birth of tyranny is witnessed when any group declares that some of its members can do better that which all of them combined cannot accomplish. Somewhere within this group-think mentality people forget that victims are individuals and that individual problems are best tackled by individuals. When society as a whole decides it will rid itself of victims, the whole of society becomes victimized as all are held accountable for the foibles of the few.

For every welfare case addressed by some social service there are taxpayers slaving in the quarries of the beast Bureaucracy. For every social injustice that becomes a cause for an army of attorneys, lobbyists and politicians, there are taxpayers paying the bill for a band most of them never get to hear. For every social remedy concocted by mortal man there is a large portion of society that must suffer the burden of relief. For every problem that faces mankind there is a tyrant waiting to be born.

R. Lee Wrights is a writer and political activist living in North Carolina. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” - C.S. Lewis

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