Penn State's terminal cancer
The rest of the world seems to be weighing in on the horrific events surrounding the Penn State football coaching staff and school administration so I thought I would spend a little ink tossing my two cents into the mix.
First off, Jerry Sandusky, the man at the center of this scandal, which has certainly transcended the world of college football, is as depraved and reprehensible a human being as we've seen in recent years. If you can stomach the grand jury report, describing eye witness accounts of his behavior in graphic detail, you can find no other conclusion than this man has no more control over his dangerous predatory instincts than a wild animal. He groomed, took advantage of his relationship, and ultimately sexually assaulted young boys. It's who he is. It's what he does.
My guess is this is just the beginning of what we're going to learn about this man.
Why didn't anyone call the legal authorities the moment this man was caught in a locker room shower engaging a young boy in sexual behavior?
Knowledge that this man sodomized a 10-year-old boy was kept within the framework of the chain-of-command for many years.
Everyone who knew, and didn't call the police, should be charged as complicit in the events which stole the innocence and destroyed the lives of an untold number of young children. A number I'm guessing we will never actually know.
Papa Joe Paterno had to go. No question. As did all of those who were in the know, but remained quiet when no arrests were made, and Sandusky continued to parade young boys around. It basically became a "don't ask, don't tell," scenario with the Penn State folks suggesting it was okay for the perverted old coach to do "whatever" with the young boys he was meeting through his outreach to troubled children, just so long as he didn't get caught or conduct his child rape on the PSU grounds.
As for Sandusky, there's nothing they can do to this man that will ever punish him enough for what he's done. We could start with using a cheese shredder on him and dipping him in an alcohol bath, but even that wouldn't equal the pain he deserves.
Like all child predators, Sandusky cannot be rehabilitated. He's a rabid dog, waiting to bite the closest young male he can find. I would suggest the court system consider a punishment fitting of a rabid dog and make sure this beast never hurt another human being.
And on a different, but equally important note, I want to thank the veterans who have served and continue to serve in the United States military. Your bravery is appreciated and will be honored. I wanted to take some space to share the following poem which was sent to me by an old friend:
THE FINAL INSPECTION
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To my church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, I never expected or had too much, There was a silence all around the throne, 'Step forward now, you soldier, Author Unknown
It needn't be so grand.
But if you don't, I'll understand.
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
I never expected or had too much,
There was a silence all around the throne,
'Step forward now, you soldier,