Americans – well, a vocal portion of Americans, at least – likes to style itself as more than usually upright and moral. The “family values” schtick. Republicans especially eat this up – and serve it up. But what is the reality? What sort of morality do millions of Americans actually embrace?
Consider two recent items in the news: Herman Cain’s alleged priapism and the for-sure perversion (because witnessed en flagrante and no one’s even trying to deny it) of PA State fuuuhhhhhhhhhtball coach Jerry Sandusky.
The interesting thing about the Cain allegations is not whether he did or didn’t. It’s that the only moral turpitude that Americans seem at all bothered by is sexual moral turpitude.* So long as The Candidate (or The Leader) is not – as the old saying goes – caught in bed with a dead girl . . . or a live boy – he is a paragon of virtue. He may speak blithely about depriving people of their property, their liberty and even their lives – in the furtherance of some “program” or other he deems “in the national interest.” No one bats an eye. In fact, they nod their heads – and clap. It is not only acceptable to prattle on about disposing of the property of other people – of having people killed, even – it is unremarkable. Organized looting and casual administrative violence is normal in America now. It is no longer even remotely looked upon as a moral question. Government schools, years of habit and the sickening fact that probably most Americans are on the take in one way or another has rendered us – most of us – morally insensate. We’re not even aware how depraved we’ve become. So long as we keep it in our pants, we’re “good people” – even as we pull levers for politicians who openly advocate threatening our neighbors and friends with extreme violence in the furtherance of some Greater Good. Just as they do unto us, in their turn. One group against the other; each of us at one another’s throats. We call it “democracy” – and venerate it as the ultimate expression of human morality.
Oh, and there is an exception for sexual moral turpitude, too. Asterix time.
If the offender can throw a ball or catch one – or dribble – or coach those who do – then he can indeed be caught in bed (or even the shower) with a dead girl or live boy and no one gives a damn. Or at the least they will give him a pass.
Consider the case of Jerry Sandusky. This creep is actually caught in the midst of raping a 10-year-old child on campus, by a school official. What happens?
Go – and rape no more. Here, anyhow. Let us resume The Game and say no more about it.
Even at this late date, even as the most loathsome imaginable details came to light, what was the priority of Head Coach Joe Paterno, fuhhhhhhhttttball demigod? He – a day before his firing – was concerned about The Game this coming weekend. So also the fans – college students at PA State – who rioted over the summary firing of their pigskin god. He was treated unkindly.
No mention, much less concern, about the hideous moral vacuity he (and the rest of the crew at this “school”) displayed.
Mind: These are not benighted ghetto dwellers raised by crack whores but – largely – the offspring of middle class “good homes” where (god help us) “family values” are taught. And only about 25 percent of the American public attains an undergrad BA.
Imagine the moral thinking that characterizes the ghetto!
I know a guy who is an ardent fuuuuhhhhhhhtball fan. I have not discussed Sandusky with him but we did talk about notorious dog torturer Michael Vick. He – a huge fan of Virginia Tech fuuuuuhhhhhhttttball – defended Vick. I – appalled – asked him how he’d feel about Vick if he were just a common street thug instead of a highly-paid celebrity thug; if someone who did exactly what he did moved in right next door to him – only the new neighbor thug wasn’t a fuhhhhhhhhttttttball “hero.” Would he be comfortable? Allow his kids out in the yard? I think this made him uneasy. We have not spoken much lately.
So, then – a window into the soul of America.
It is not a pretty scene.
Throw it in the Woods?