To focus the mind, let’s point to just one of the things Joe Paterno did (or, rather, failed to do) as coach at Penn State. In 2002, one of his coaches sodomized a ten-year-old boy in a university locker room shower. Assistant coach Mike McQueary saw the incident and went to Joe Paterno the next day, informing him about it.
In response, Joe Paterno did not go to the police. Instead, he told the athletic director, Tim Curley, and left it at that.
Now, is that how one properly responds to a report of child sodomization? Would you keep it in-house as Joe Paterno did?
According to the grand jury report, McQueary told Paterno what he saw Sandusky doing the next day, and Paterno then reported the information to athletic director Tim Curley.
Outrageous, yes? Paterno’s act was on a par with Catholic bishops who don’t report to civil authorities alleged incidents of child sexual abuse by priests. What could the contemporary board of trustees at Penn State do but cut Paterno loose? Here’s CBS News:
[T]he [Pennsylvania] state police commissioner called Paterno’s failure to contact police or follow up on the incident a lapse in “moral responsibility.”
But now look at the reaction of Penn State students. Their moral and intellectual caliber is on display in the below video.
What brings them out for protest in 2011? The abduction of American democracy by monied interests? The persecution of Christians in a newly Islamicized Egypt?
A football coach is fired for his role in covering up the rape of a ten-old-boy and that pisses them off. Not the rape of the boy. The firing of the coach.
Think about that.
And Mike McQueary is now receiving threats for his grand jury testimony and, apparently, his sin of ever telling Joe Paterno what he saw in the first place.
If you don’t think that fascism could ever come to America, have a look at this video. It’s what nihilism and irrationality wed to father-figure loyalty looks like. And it’s on display in college students—American college students. Behold the sheep of Penn State’s pasture.