There was a video put out by The Amazing Atheist today, and it was something that I have been thinking about for a long time. Now look, I am not going to be one of those people who says that what Sandusky did isn’t that bad. What he did was monstrous, and he should go to jail for the rest of his natural life.
But there was a video that Source Fed, a group that I find very enjoyable, which talked about this as well. They said that there was a report in the news about how when Sandusky reported to prison to serve his time, the inmates serenaded him with “The Wall,” which had the lyrics, “leave those kids alone.” The general tone seems to be that America is totally cool with what is about to happen.
There was also this graphic floating around -
The Amazing Atheist pointed out that condoning horrible actions of other people is not the values system of people who say that they are for justice. I agree with him. There are a lot of days when I find the culture of this country rather disturbing. Horrible people do horrible stuff. That makes sense. Sandusky did do horrible things. But when we just turn a blind eye and acknowledge that we don’t care that another person is going to rape and probably brutalize a person because of what they did, what does that say about us?
If America is going to be openly unethical and morally bankrupt, as there are so many facets that are these days, can we at least just go all the way? For real, balls-to-the-wall, let’s take this concept as far as we can take it. Let’s say that rapists should be brutally sliced and diced in the street, huh? How about we take murderers and stone them to death? Get the little kids to throw a big rock and bust their brains out! Hey, here’s an idea, how about we take all domestic abusers, both male and female, and tie them up and let people beat them for hours in public! Or maybe we could take thieves and publicly cut off their hands. If we are going to take delight in the rape and beating of other people, let’s just go all the way and decide to abandon our squeamishness and take it as high as it can go.
Oh, right, we won’t do that. We won’t do that because America is a cowardly people. They like to fantasize about violence toward people they don’t like, but they won’t do anything themselves. They won’t do that because it is easier to simply hate and cheer from afar than it is to acknowledge your own moral bankruptcy and to say that you are the good guy. We have to believe in our own goodness, while cheering the rape of an old man, just because he did something horrible.
There are a lot of days when this culture and what is acceptable to us disturbs me. America is totally cool with mutilating men, women and children overseas. We are totally fine with filling tiny graves with the bodies of babies so that we can fight wars that we choose to believe are “just.” We won’t take the money from those useless wars and invest it in something useful, like universal health care. We let the poor die, claiming that them being sick and them not having medicine is there fault, and how we shouldn’t have to feel bad for them. Like they could have chosen to not be poor.
I got a fucking clue for you, America – you are NOT the morally superior people that you think you are. I acknowledge that I won’t shed any tears if Sandusky does get raped in prison, but I am not going to actively encourage it. I’m not that much of a monster that I will say that this man should be violated by other people because what he did was wrong. He is going to do his time. He is going to be removed from society. The social contract is fulfilled. Meanwhile, while horrible things are happening every day in this country, people here want to think that we are the good guys, and that we have some kind of high ground to stand on.
BULLSHIT! You have nothing! You have the barren corporate wasteland that you have let your country become. You have the unethical medical system that is causing more bankruptcy in this country than any other cause. You allow this country to imprison more people than any other nation on Earth, most who are non-violent offenders. People whose only crime was putting something in their body that you don’t like. You legislate your taste because apparently, the common good is what you say it is, and damn anybody who says otherwise.
TJ pointed out, we tell our kids to be nice, to help each other, and to play fairly with each other, but then, after the show turns off, what do we do?! We do the exact opposite! America is a country that canonizes back-stabbing, unfairness, ruthlessness and greed. We let the sick in this country starve and die, even though we could so easily afford to help them. It would be cheaper, by billions of dollars, to have a universal health care system than what we have now. America would be saving money, but I guess that’s just wrong.
If America is going to be a nation of cutthroats and murderers, can we stop with the pretense? Can we stop pretending to be better than we are? Can we stop pretending like we have a values system that is better, when we are cheering for an old man to get raped? Oh, right, we’re the good guys, because we gave him a trial. God forbid that we actually think that him being in jail is punishment enough.
Until next time, a quote,
“Jerry Sandusky is not being punished because he’s a monster. Alright? He’s being punished because he’s not the right kind of monster. He didn’t get the memo that here in America, when we ruin the lives of those who are weaker than us, we do it from afar. With an air of detachment, so we can pretend we’re the good guys.” -TJ Kincaid, Jerry Sandusky: The Wrong Kind of Monster