Last night, I happened to be on Twitter when the verdicts in the Jerry Sandusky trial were handed down. I hadn't followed the trial at all, in part because the charges were so nauseating that I couldn't bear to hear more about them, but the occasional glance at headlines was all I needed to know that the testimony was much against him.
When Sandusky was found guity of 45 of the 48 standing charges, Twitter boiled over with revulsion and a general desire that Dantesque contrapassi should be visited on Sandusky both in this life and the next, and on his supporters and enablers. I saw some tweets wishing him repentence, and some prayers for his victims and their healing, but they were a small percentage compared with the vituperation. And it's hard to fault people for wanting some Divine Justice to fall like an anvil from heaven directly on the dreadful pervert's head.
Still, I knew that among the many celebrators of Sandusky's verdicts, which ought to put him away for life, there were some who support Eric Holder and believe that he's done nothing wrong with regards to Fast and Furious. It seems ridiculous to me that people who would find a Dahmeresque ending to Sandusky's life in prison somehow think that what he did is worse than supplying weapons to murderous Mexican drug cartels with no attempt at interdiction, thereby aiding the termination of at least 300 Mexicans' lives, in addition to those of Americans Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata. There's a disconnect so fundamental in the contrast between some people's treatment of the two that the compartmentalization seems to me pathological.
No doubt, the programmatic lies of vicious amoral partisan agents like Rachel Maddow play a role in inducing such madness. During the past week, this site has been visited by many people searching for Sandusky+Catholic. I want those people to understand something: Sandusky ran a completely secular 'charity' out of a completely secular institution. I tweeted this, and Karl Bade responded:
@vermontaigne Well, they sorta worshiped Nittany Lions.
— Just Karl (@justkarl) June 23, 2012
True enough. And it's also true that they played Notre Dame annually pretty much the entire time Sandusky was terrorizing and abusing boys in the shower, though once again I'd urge that correlation isn't causation. As another Twitter controversialist noted:
@vermontaigne This would never have happened if they let Penn State coaching staff marry…oh, wait.
— Richard DeCamp (@richdecamp) June 23, 2012
In the end, most people so bigoted as to defend Eric Holder for Fast and Furious have no more thoughtful a political philosophy than college students who are great supporters of their athletic teams have a philosophy of sport that drives their commitment to team. And, unfortunately, those blind partisans are generally less pernicious than disgusting media creatures like Maddow who do have one that justifies for them their pernicious lies defending the murderous amoral asshat, our Attorney General.
Let's take the analysis one step further, and view it through the racialist lens that many of Holder's supporters love to employ when it serves their purposes. Sandusky has been found guilty by a jury of his peers of 45 of 48 remaining counts brought against him in a US court of law. He will go away for the rest of his life, with or without good behavior in prison. Yesterday, a monsignor in Philadelphia was sent to prison for 7 years for child endangerment, for having shifted around child predator priests, at the behest, he claims, of his superior, now deceased. There are individuals at Penn State who had similar information about Sandusky, who will now be liable to similar criminal proceedings, though the AD at the University repugnantly touted its response after last night's verdicts. And there are many people, judging by Twitter, who believe that Penn State's athletic programs, all of them, ought to receive the 'death penalty' from the NCAA. I am not sure whether they also believe that the office of the US AG ought similarly to receive a death penalty.
Stipulate that the children whom Sandusky abused were predominantly white, and then contrast the eagerness of the MSM to publicize every charge against Sandusky, while burying their coverage of Eric Holder's complicity in the murders of 300 dusky people from south of the border by violent terrorists whom he materially supported by supplying weapons from the US. Is there raaaaacism afoot here, or does the fact that this is a black-on-brown crime mean that the MSM are absolved from the charges of raaaaacism that they casually cast on anyone who appears to them to pay a disparate amount of attention to crimes committed against pale-skinned people, especially if they are attractive blond girls?
Let's ask Nancy Grace.
Rachel Maddow doesn't give a damn about dead Mexicans. People die, it happens all the time.
We should have let Juan Williams' career die, too, apparently. That kind of thing happens.