Blame Game: Are We a Country of Victims?, The

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  • Genre
  • Country:
    United States
  • Disc number:
    1
  • Format:
    DVD
  • Language:
    ENG
  • Production year:
    2002
  • Rating:
    NR
  • Region code:
    0
  • Release date:
    06/01/2002
  • Running time:
    50
  • Features
  • Genre
  • Country:
    United States
  • Disc number:
    1
  • Format:
    DVD
  • Language:
    ENG
  • Production year:
    2002
  • Rating:
    NR
  • Region code:
    0
  • Release date:
    06/01/2002
  • Running time:
    50

Synopsis

In his second original primetime special, ABC’s John Stossel examines the excesses of the “victim’s movement” and how this tendency to blame our misfortunes on anyone but ourselves affects public policy and the workplace. More and more often, we claim to be “victims” of bad parents, an unjust society or a disability. Why should we accept responsibility for what happens to us? The Blame Game probes the “victim mentality” from three different angles.

The first segment looks at victims that seek compensation for their troubles by taking advantage of government programs or by initiating improbable lawsuits. Next, Stossel examines the unintended consequences of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provides a law so broad that it all but encourages surprising disabilities never intended by the law’s sponsors. The final segment covers African Americans’ stance on whether their problems are caused more by a willingness to succumb to the ‘victim’ mentality than by racism.

“This whole victimization – it’s like a disease that’s weakening America’s moral fiber. Living consists of encountering the weaknesses, the failings…and the problems that inevitably enter our lives. And dealing with those – that’s the stuff of life.”
– Roger Connor,
American Allegiance for Rights and Responsibilities

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