Taking responsibility does not mean casting blame upon yourself, or piling on the guilt for finding yourself in a particular circumstance- neither of those reactions are beneficial and they aren't accurate assessments of what it means to claim your power in any particular situation.
In addition to creating an agreement with our partner, collaboration with others can give us new ideas of regarding specific practices that may support the changes we wish to bring about. This kind of support can help us to trust that real change is an actual possibility.
Some people do change. Some people do break their bad habits and pick up better ones. However, this requires an action plan, and more -- it requires taking responsibility for implementing that plan, one step at a time.
When Mitt is releasing tax returns to change the subject, you just know he's in a bad place politically. It may still be way too early to confidently predict the outcome of the election, but it isn't too early to call Romney's campaign (so far) an unmitigated disaster.