Have you ever noticed that the minute anything bad happens there is a chorus of "Not Me" that echos from the destruction? Even if the culprits own up to the actual wrongdoing, they still excuse themselves from responsibility by laying their poor behavior squarely at the feet of someone else. "I ran them off the road because he flipped me the finger!" or "I only punched him in the face because he lipped off to me!". When people break into a house and steal everything that isn't nailed down it's because they where hungry, or underprivileged or ignored by their parents. When they rape someone it is because they were abused as a child or were turned down by the girl of their dreams or because they were just having a bad day. Nobody seems to be responsible for their own selves - there are always extenuating circumstances.
There is a constant refrain in our home - "YOU are responsible for your actions". When our older son picks his sister and blames her for his actions because "she picked me first", he is held responsible. We often ask him, "Does Serenity control you? Is she in charge of what you do"? Well, of course this is offensive to his person, as it should be. No, she doesn't control him. He, alone, has that honor. And he has to be responsible for his actions, no matter what anyone does around him.
An acquaintance of mine has a challenging son. He is big for his age and is somewhat of a bully. He is disruptive in school and is a regular in the principles office. Other children don't like him and parents shield their children from him. This is not a terrible kid, just an undisciplined one. His future, however, does not look promising. His parents, thinking they are helping him, are actually crippling him. They excuse his behavioral problems in the classroom by saying that he is "very intelligent" and bored at school. They keep moving him from one group of friends to another, hoping they can find some that will be "nice" to him. They pick up his toys, cut up his food and never require him to control himself. Any time this young man gets himself into trouble, his parents pat his head, smooth back his hair and tell him that it's not him - everyone else is just being mean.
And that is who is running our country.
We can't expect our nation to become a nation of honor unless we teach our children to be people of honor. How can we expect our leaders to conduct themselves in a disciplined, prudent manner unless we train our children to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner. The short answer is, we can't.