The best place to see this is online. It happens in forums. It happens on Facebook. This isn’t about us excusing ourselves from wrongdoing. It’s commentary from various sources that use the “two wrongs make a right” principle, the “well (fill in the blank) was ten times worse” idea and the “I’m looked down upon so I have a right” theory. The first is never true, the second doesn’t even work for children and the third is only occasionally true. However, the two biggest culprits aren’t individuals. It’s groups of individuals.
Countries: So, it’s OK for Putin to invade the Ukraine because the U.S. invaded Iraq? Who said the U.S. had a good reason to go into Iraq? While the latter is still an argument in the U.S. it is *not* an excuse for another country to do the same. This is true even if the reasons for the invasions were largely similar. Basing foreign policy on the “But *they* did it” ideology is stupid.
Politics: There are a lot of people in the U.S. who believe their party can do no wrong. The two strongest groups are Democrats and Republicans. Both groups sling mud. Have I mentioned that I hate mudslinging? They also do the same thing as above.
“(Fill in politician’s name) was ten times worse than (put in your candidate’s name.” I see it all the time. Both sides of the party do this. They also say, “Well _____ did it.” Here is something to consider. None of these points make a difference. Chances are good that I will agree that a candidate in my party of choice (actually a goodly many) have done the wrong things.
After reading that you may be thinking something I’ve been told. “Maybe it’s time you changed parties.” There *isn’t* a party that is free of politicians saying and doing things I don’t like. In fact, for the most part, I think all politicians are from the same party, they just pick different ways to make life harder for the individual.
That makes it all the more annoying when the people start calling all members of a political party really nasty things. Does your party do things they shouldn’t? Should you be called nasty names for that reason? Your party has humans in it. They will do things they shouldn’t. You shouldn’t be called nasty names because of their actions.
I’m not going to move to another country, either. Even when I don’t like some of what happens here, it’s still my country. Thankfully, in this country I have the freedom to say, “Hey! I don’t like it when you do this.” There are countries where that could get you killed.
There is something important here that we all should have learned as children. It isn’t about race or religion…although Christianity teaches it. Two wrongs don’t make a right. There is no right to do wrong. Turn the other cheek. Admit it when something is wrong. Don’t excuse bad behavior. Don’t blame everyone for the actions of any politician. If you want to comment on the politician, feel free. In other words, don’t make an excuse for doing wrong.