No consequences

Just when I thought whatever is going on with whatever happened down there in Steubenville, Ohio, couldn’t get any more outrageous, I read a statement in the paper made by one of the boy’s attorneys. It was almost funny.

“They are reluctant to sacrifice their college career, their reputation, or their otherwise good standing in whatever community they may be found for fear of being vilified, and certain personal information finding its way on the Internet,”

“They are reluctant to sacrifice their college career, their reputation, or their otherwise good standing in whatever community they may be found for fear of being vilified, and certain personal information finding its way on the Internet,”

“They are reluctant to sacrifice their college career, their reputation, or their otherwise good standing in whatever community they may be found for fear of being vilified, and certain personal information finding its way on the Internet,”

Well, that’s too damn bad. There are consequences to what you do, and when what you do is probably criminal, those things are some of them. What they’re accused of is serious stuff. Do they not understand? College should not be an issue. Not going straight to prison should be. These kids should be scared sh*tless. Even if they never actually raped the girl and faked the whole, horrible thing in order to make the worst Internet video in history.  Either way, they’re rapists or assholes, and they need to be taught a lesson.

Advertisements

The Crap in Wisconsin

Here is a copy of the letter I sent to one of the area papers today. It references Patrick Buchanan’s column in that paper, which you can read here. While Wisconsin is getting the lion’s share of the news coverage, this same thing is happening in Ohio and other states as well.

Patrick Buchanan’s recent column on the political circus surrounding Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal illustrates just how much of a game governing has become for both parties.

He is correct in identifying the power struggle playing out behind the scene; the Republican governor is trying to weaken unions which traditionally support the Democratic Party. There can be no defending such an obvious political attack with union busting as a core concept. Abolishing public unions does not add income or lessen debt. Concerns about the effects public unions have on governments are legitimate, but the state budget proposal is not the time or place.

This time it was the Republicans who made an aggressive move under the guise of governing, but disguising mostly party business in a bill or proposal isn’t a tactic unique to either party.

Only parties and thin core constituencies win when parties run government. Everybody in the middle is out of luck. People are right to worry about a government willing to break unions and right to worry about union bullying. It seems the most people would benefit from meaningful cooperation between parties, not plays from party handbooks