And then the pigs flew by...
Posted by aogThursday, 10 November 2005 at 16:47
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Last night Radio Nation was on and I was trying to not pay attention, but I did hear part of the interview with Richard Stratton (listen) about his book Altered States of America: Outlaws and Icons, Hitmakers and Hitmen. I can’t say much about the book, but during the interview he expressed amazement over the media coverage of Abu Ghraib. In Stratton’s view (one I concur with), worse happens on a regular basis in American prisons without any Old Media circus. He also stated that Abu Ghraib was a result of how America runs its prisons (i.e., the guards just did there what they would have done here), rather than some evil neo-con or military plot. Marc Cooper, the interviewer, didn’t disagree. Wow.
Friday, 02 December 2005 at 11:37|
So relative comparison is the standard by which America should judge itself?
Heck, then fire up the ovens and just burn off their legs. We’d only be half as bad as Hitler—in fact, we’d be twice as good! Go America!
If an ideal is not worth defending with our lives, our conscience, and our souls, then we definitely need to stop pushing our agendas in other parts of the world. Isn’t that our justification that somehow democracy and freedom is better than radical theologies or crazies who strap bombs to themselves and pull the string in shopping centers?
We should be ashamed—not because someone else could or does something worse, but because it was shameful and beneath America. The newfound inability for Americans to find shame in their actions is undoubtedly one of the foremost reasons for many of our societal problems.
True evil mate sate itself, but lack shame prevents the conscience from ever attempting to take corrective action. What are you teaching your children about right and wrong? Cheating just a little is OK? Stealing just a little is OK? Raping just a little is OK? These are not matters of interpretation for a grey scale—they are black and white, and the conviction by which our children defend or protect such ideals will determine the fate of America and future generations to come. They’ll learn that from you, their parent, their Dad. And, logic does not belong in the realm with ideal—ideals have more in common with faith than logic.
And, I’m not saying “man the ships with religious fanatics,” I’m saying that in the eyes of your children, and your friends, and your family, condoning it, not condemning it, and doing it yourself holds much the same value. So, unless you are saying that would have happily done all of that on your own, then you need say “Shame on us. I will not condone such behavior my name, as an American who elects the people making such disgraceful decisions.”
The ends cannot justify the means.