I chose to butcher the words of a classic country song in honor of “jtothep” who so eloquently commented on my recent fanpost. You see he seems like the typical average individual, who is outraged and aghast at the very idea of sexual molestation of children. He could very easily be one of my many drinking buddies, who enjoys watching a good football game or any popular sporting event.
In fact from all I have seen and heard and read, just about one hundred percent of the nation on average is adamantly opposed to any kind of sexual exploitation of children. I cannot imagine myself or anyone I personally know who would look the other way if they were ever confronted by circumstances wherein they discovered or suspected such evil. Although we are all sinners flawed with our own foibles, there are some things that push all of us past being mere bystanders, and child sexual abuse certainly happens to be one of them. The average human being deems such things that horrific.
The point I’m trying to make is that everyone and I mean everyone is in agreement that something should have been done by somebody, anybody, to prevent any further abuse at the very first inkling that maybe something was wrong. Any decent human being would. Yes, even us sinners and mere mortals. We all would have done something – had we known.
It strikes me as odd then that when it comes to a person like Joe Paterno, someone whose life has been in the public eye for over sixty years, without any hint of the weaknesses many of us are burdened with, that he has all of a sudden managed to draw the ire and harsh criticism of the masses of average people in regard to the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
No one is claiming that JoePa is any kind of saint, far from it. Everyone is familiar with his life, but still they deny him any benefit they would afford themselves. To his critics he is not an average Joe. He is a below average Joe. And that’s an indictment on not just the mob media but all of society and a dirty rotten shame.