Making life & death decisions for other people without accepting responsibility for the consequences is a form of moral bankruptcy. Letting people suffer or die when you have the power to help them — doing nothing to help — because of a political philosophy or due to what a lobbyist wants is not moral, no matter how you wrap it in the flag & your vision of the Bible.
If growing up means anything, it should mean that you can (at least sometimes) look at a situation, recognize it from prior experience, and see the likely risk & consequences before proceeding into it. No one on earth is granted perfect foresight, of course, but grown-ups know how to avoid hurting themselves & others, which is why we hold them accountable when they do so whether by action or neglect.
As I look back over the past 5 decades, it seems clear that America has lost the knack for raising grown-ups & putting them into leadership. How else do you explain the host of problems that beset us, all of which have short-term thinking at their root?
It is as if the birth of the Baby Boom generation AND the radio-and-TV generation before it unleashed a wave of ME-First-Right-Now childishness that continues to this day.
Is bad parenting to blame? Mass media? Demographic shifts from rural to urban? Working mothers? Civil rights?
Is there a conspiracy? To do what? Involving who? One conspiracy or many?
Your thoughts on this are invited.