On the Sandusky Affair

If you want to understand why 15 people at Penn State didn’t report child rapes, ask yourself why more than 15 million Democrats are not protesting the wars a Democratic President wages. In both cases, protecting the innocent takes a back seat to the same old “go along to get along” attitude because that attitude is the inevitable result of authoritarian, monopolistic, hierarchical social structures.

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6 thoughts on “On the Sandusky Affair

  1. I really do not see the parallel at all.

    War is not illegal in of itself and I am sure anyone can think of instances in which war is justified. Who thinks we were wrong to enter WWII after Pearl Harbor or wrong for going into Afghanistan immediately after 9/11?

    Child rape is illegal, period. It is justified never. It the choice completely terrorize a child to satisfy one's own sexual urges.

    Going to war is an open and publicly known occurance. No one is pretending it didn't happen. You can probably make great arguments that we were wrong to go into Iraq, and that we've screwed it up in Afganistan in the mean. I would agree it is wrong. I just isn't a comparable wrong in any way.

    Trying to conflate the public not opposing its elected leadership with covering up a witnessed child rape is just assinine. I won't hear of it.

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    1. War is never illegal, since it is always waged by those who decide what is legal and what is not. This has nothing to do with justice. Child rape is never justified, but it has been legal in many societies, and is (like war or anything else) functionally legal whenever it is done without legal consequence.

      "Who thinks we were wrong to enter WWII after Pearl Harbor or wrong for going into Afghanistan immediately after 9/11?"

      Some people think so for the former, many many more think so for the latter. It's irrelevant anyway; justice is not determined by popularity (or maybe it is, but then your "child rape is never justified" is just a popular vote away from being falsified, so your complaints are moot).

      "Going to war is an open and publicly known occurance. No one is pretending it didn't happen."

      This doesn't really affect the analogy. "Pretending it didn't happen" was a way of protecting a privileged rapist. The reason that Democrats don't "pretend the war didn't happen" is that it's not necessary to protect their own favorite privileged mass murderer. It's more palatable to blame or just not think about the victims in the case of war, given dominant social attitudes. (They do pretend other things; that it's really all the Republicans' fault, that Obama Is Different, etc.)

      "Trying to conflate the public not opposing its elected leadership with covering up a witnessed child rape is just assinine. I won't hear of it."

      You may insist that mass murder is self-evidently not as bad as rape. That's your prerogative, I guess. But really, that's exactly the point of the analogy. The victims are always invisible to the apologists and accomplices. All they care about is their beloved heroes, and the systems of privilege and "merit" that their heroes represent and make possible.

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    2. You confuse illegality and immorality. Illegality means nothing- much that is wrong is legal, and much that is not wrong is illegal.

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  2. I and other Democrats have beed decrying all of theses wars from Bush Jr to Obama. Where have you been? We do protest—however the corporate owned and
    " bought" news media does not ever provide news coverage or footage of the protests. The wars have and are being protested—it is just not covered in the news as the military industrial complex that runs the government doesn't allow it.

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