We can trace Accountability all the way back, to the beginning of biblical times to Adam & Eve in "The Garden of Eden" also known as "Paradise." All of the needs of Adam & Eve had been taken care by God, and God told them that they could eat from all of the trees in the "Garden of Eden" except one, and that was the forbidden "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil."
Eve told Adam, that God was not looking and God would probably never know if they ate from the forbidden "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil." Eve reasoned with Adam, that there must be some hidden reason why God does not want them to eat from this forbidden "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil."
Adam agreed with Eve, and Adam took and ate an apple from the forbidden "Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil" in the Garden of Eden.
Afterwards, God appeared to the both of them, and told them that as a consequence for having violated his commandment, they would now experience life and death, pleasure and pain, happiness and suffering. In essence, they would now become mortals and experience "Good and Evil".
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What Adam & Eve experienced after eating fruit from the forbidden "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil" was the direct consequence of having disobeyed and or violated a direct commandment given to them by God.
As children, we were often told by our parents not to do certain things.
Do you remember what happened when we disobeyed our parents?
Usually, there were consequences.
The key word that relates to Accountability is "Consequence."
Consequence as defined by most dictionaries, is something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions.
God had asked Adam & Eden not to eat from the forbidden "Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil" (which was the condition).
As a result of having eaten from the forbidden "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil" (which was the action), there were consequences for Adam & Eve.
"You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choices."
Also as children, it is prevalent to test our parents and or authority. Especially when we believe that they are not looking. (Does this sound familiar to the story of Adam & Eve in The Garden of Eden, thinking that God is not looking? Were they testing God? Or did they just want to become like God?)
Then, how do we behave if we believe that we are removed and or exonerated from any possible consequence? What is our behavior like when we believe that there is "No Accountability?"
Hence, if you remove consequences from Accountability, what you end up having are some things like selfishness, greed, egoism, meanness, dishonesty, insolence, and arrogance. If left alone and unchecked without consequences that match the action, we will most likely end up with despotism or inhuman and tyrannical behavior.
The interesting thing about some adults, is that they never learned those lessons as children about obeying orders, laws, constitutions, decrees, etc. What I believe that is worse, is that many of our inhuman leaders have positioned themselves as Gods. With the significant difference, that these inhuman leaders are not taking care of our humanity, they are systematically destroying it.
Think for a moment: Are our present day leaders held "Accountable" for their actions?
Let's take for example
U.S. President Richard Nixon from January 20, 1969 - August 9th 1974. (Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
President Richard Nixon was caught lying to the American people regarding the famous Watergate Scandal.
President Nixon was going to be impeached.
Instead, he decided to resign and was pardoned of any and all crimes by incoming President Gerald Ford.
Incoming President Ford had been nominated by outgoing President Richard Nixon and confirmed by Congress. (Was this a Presidential version of the TV Hit Series "Let's Make a Deal"?)
U.S. President Gerald R. Ford from August 9th, 1974 to January 20th, 1974. (Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Without ever having to go on the campaign trail, and not really known by the majority of the American people, the first Vice President chosen under the terms of the 25th Amendment, and as a direct consequence of the Watergate scandal, succeeded the first U.S. President ever to resign
When Gerald R. Ford took the oath of office on August 9, 1974, he declared, "I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances.... This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts."
Mr. Gerald Ford was Speaker of the House in 1973, when Vice President Spiro T. Agnew had to resign at the height of perhaps the greatest U.S. constitutional crisis because of corruption charges against him. Mr. Gerald Ford in 1973 went from Speaker of the House to U.S. Vice President, to U.S. President in 1974.
Spiro T. Agnew, 39th Vice President of the United States from January 20, 1969 – October 10, 1973. (Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
During his fifth year as Vice President, late in the summer of 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney's office for the District of Maryland, on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. In October, he was charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000 while holding office as Baltimore County Executive, Governor of Maryland, and Vice President of the United States. On October 10, 1973, Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the office of Vice President. Nixon replaced him by appointing then House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to the office of Vice President. (Source: Wikipedia)
It seems that "Elected officials" can break the law, and if they get caught, they can just simply resign? They are pardoned and or all is forgotten. No consequences. What about the rest of the normal law abiding regular people? Resign and or stop paying your U.S. Income taxes and see what happens?
Can someone please tell me "What is wrong with the above pictures?"
Isn't this one of the many examples in our history that our leaders have "No Accountability?"
If you go driving down the street in a residential zone marked 30 mph, and you get caught by a policeman with a radar gun doing 39 mph. What happens?
Have you ever been given a speeding ticket for doing 32 mph in a 30 mph zone?
I have, and I can tell you how old I was, where it was, and who was with me. I can also tell you how bad I felt, and it was only 32 mph in a 30 mph zone that was a "commercial zone."
My age did not matter, I was 18. My financial situation did not matter, I was a student. My father got angry and scolded me for driving too fast (2 mph faster than 30). The consequence was that I had to pay a $75.00 speeding ticket in year 1972 dollars. Ouch, all of it really hurt! It was painful!
I wonder? Did any of our present day inhuman leaders suffer any consequences growing up? Or were all of their problems taken care of by "Big Money"?
Our country is full of jails that have individuals that are being held accountable for their wrong choices and actions. Their misfortune is that they got caught, they simply could not resign, and there was no authority figure that would pardon them. They are fulfilling the consequences of their mistakes.
Go ask these inmates what they think about "No Accountability and "No Consequences."
They will most likely tell you that they are innocent, and they did not do it!
The very sad thing is, that some of them are innocent and they did not do it.
It is illegal, only if you are an ordinary citizen and you get caught. If you are an ordinary citizen and you get caught, then you are screwed.
But if one of the Government Powerful Rich Elite gets caught, it seems to not matter. Because they are exempt from "Accountability."
Yet, what about leaders that have committed atrocities against their own and against foreign individuals? Will they ever be held accountable for their mistakes?
Can you imagine if your world and mine had "No Accountability" and there were "No Consequences". Would you pay your income taxes?
Consider another possible scenario. How about the next time a creep pulls right in front of a driver that is angry and carries a gun in their vehicle. Since there is "No Accountability" and "No Consequences", isn't it likely that they might just get out of their car and shoot the driver that got in front of them?
There is a reason that in our societies we have commandments, laws, rules, decrees, constitutions, legislation, etc. and it has been for the purpose of respecting the greatest majority of people in our society for the dignity and evolution of our human species.
If we do not respect our own human species, it becomes impossible to respect the rest of nature and all living beings on our planet earth.
Here is another one that is more recent.
Do you remember right after 9/11, the President George W. Bush campaign media blitzkrieg on Iraq?
We were repeatedly told that there were weapons of Mass Destruction by President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, etc. and the media.
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Secretary of State Colin Powell went to the United Nations to make the case for the invasion of Iraq based on Weapons of Mass Destruction that did not exist. The Invasion of Iraq 2003 has become the "Occupation and Take-Over of Iraq".
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What is wrong with this picture? (Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
In the age of technology that we have been living in for the past 15 - 20 years, we, as normal everyday citizens can log on to Google Earth and spy on almost anyone on planet Earth. I can only imagine what the U.S. Government special satellites can do.
So how come they presented a computer generated graphic design of a mobile system of weapons of mass destruction?
I have heard many times that a picture can say a thousand words. But this is not a picture.
This picture was taken on October 14th, 1962 by a black and white camera from a U.S. U-2 Spy Plane. The picture shows the nuclear missile sites in Cuba being installed by the Soviets.
Can somebody please tell me what happened in the year 2003, to all of the U.S. advents in satellite aerial photo technology?
Was it that there were no longer U.S. Spy Planes available, and the U.S. Government had to generate a computer graphics image of what they believed was a mobile anthrax plant of weapons of mass destruction?
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Why did the United States attack Iraq if almost all of the 9/11 terrorists (according to the U.S. Government) were from Saudi Arabia?
Am I the only one that asked this question since 9/11?
"If the U.S. Government on the day after 9/11 was blaming this terrorist attack on Osama Bin Laden:
Then why did the United States of America invade and attack Iraq?
Was this a Presidential media magic trick (while we are not looking) to direct attention to invade and occupy a sovereign nation? Why?
The United States military attacked and invaded Iraq without provocation, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians (112,667 - 123,284 between March 2003 - March 2013), and lost U.S. lives of American Service Men and Women (4,486 between 2003 - 2012). The U.S. Military is still in Iraq more than 10 years later, and there were No Weapons of Mass Destruction. (Data source from Iraq Body Count Project and Wikipedia)
The question that I ask is:
Where is the "Accountability" for these individuals that ordered this unwarranted and unjustified military invasion of a sovereign country and without provocation?
Are they accountable to anyone?
If they are not accountable to anyone; Are they tyrannical rulers that answer to no one?
Isn't "Accountability" one of the elements of a "Democracy?"
Does the United States of America still operate under a Constitution?
Are the Big American Corporations the major stockholders of the U.S. Supreme Court?
Must a person have a P.H.D. Degree in Leadership to realize that there is something definitely wrong with our current political systems?
All right, lets get to the point: "What is "Accountability."
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