Pardon me for going off on a rant here and bringing up some serious topics, but in the last few weeks the world has depressed and angered me so much I just have to get some stuff off my chest. If you're looking for something funny tune in next week. If you care to indulge my berserker rage, then read on:
I am SICK and TIRED of everyone making excuses for their deplorable, despicable behavior. Take some god damn responsibility for yourselves!!! And don't fish for sympathy by cloaking yourself in the convenient guise of a victim. You suck, you're pathetic, and you deserve to suffer for what you've done.
Alcohol is not an excuse for being a pedophile (or an anti-semite). Perhaps with a little self-reflection and a lot less image-management you'd have come to terms with your homosexuality and entered into a healthy relationship with a partner instead of treating it like something dirty and shameful. Or perhaps you believe that your power makes you immune to reproach, and that trolling the halls of congress for underage skin isn't an abuse of power, but a privilege of it.
Watching videos is not an excuse for beating someone to death. Although I can't condone the stated purpose of the site you claim inspired you, how dare you lay blame for your pathetic, murderous behavior on them. Did someone force you to watch the videos? Does your browser not have a back button? And did those videos drive you around looking for a man who's life was already sad and torturous so you could dehumanize him and ignore his cries for help? The life you took that day will be on your head, and your head alone.
Although I grieve for you that you lost your infant daughter, grief is not an excuse to take the lives of innocent little girls who never did you any harm. EVER. There is NO EXCUSE FOR THAT. How can such monstrous tendencies go unnoticed in our society? Why is it so easy for people with twisted minds to access guns? To plan an assault? To be ignored? You're a demon for taking those children away from their families, and you're a coward for taking your own life in the process. You deserved much worse.
There's plenty of blame to go around for the deaths on 9/11 and those suffered in Afghanistan and Iraq (and London, Madrid, Bali, etc.) since. But do not try to blame your predecessors for your negligence, your ignorance, your laziness, and your sloppiness for the problems you're wrought on the world. Do not lie to us. Do not think repetition will distract us. Don't insult and mischaracterize your opponents because they're your opponents. Why not reach across the aisle (like you promised in your campaign) and engage everyone in trying to find a solution. All of this has happened on your watch, Mr. President...the buck stops with you.
And hey, Democrats--it's not enough to blame the administration for the world's problems, regardless of how squarely on them it lies. You have to come up with a solution of your own, too. One that works. Otherwise you'll be the ones blamed next time around.
It disgusts and infuriates me that I have to raise my daughter in a world filled with spineless, ignorant, dangerous people who think their actions have no consequences. And I'm angry that we let people get away with these things, that we enable their behavior, and are so self-absorbed that to lift a finger to engage/help/stop them would be an inconvenience we couldn't bear.
As I was looking for a bright spot in all this nastiness, I found one in the most unlikely of places:
Last Sunday, a very violent sport (NFL football) got even more violent when Albert Haynesworth, a 320 lb. defensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans kicked Andre Gurode in the head--twice--with his big cleated foot--after his helmet had come off--on national television. Gurode needed 30 stitches to close the gash on his head. Here's what Albert had to say the next day:
"I'm very sorry," Haynesworth said Sunday. "I apologize to Andre. What I did was disgusting. I'm not a dirty player. I don't play dirty. What I feel like is I disgraced the game, disgraced my team and disgraced my last name."
At least...at the very least...he acknowledged what he did. He didn't cop to being temporarily insane, or say Gurode insulted his mother. He looked himself in the mirror and saw something he wasn't proud of. And he's been suspended.
If this is the best we can hope to find among us, then god help us all.