The little Bob Costas is at it again, abusing the platform granted to him for sports reporting to preach his opinions on social issues.  Viewers who either have no knowledge of current events beyond entertainment, or who watch sports as a temporary reprieve from the culture’s pervasive political battles, are attacked by Costas in a cowardly ambush.  Rather than appearing on a political show to share his observations of these issues, he makes unexpected statements of his personal opinions to sports fans in an environment where there is no opportunity for debate or fact-checking.  This is a gutless abuse of the microphone given to him for sports reporting.

Last winter, Little Bob Costas abused the stage granted to him by preaching against the American right to bear arms (NBC Article).  He used an off-field incident involving a football player as an excuse to rant against the “gun culture”.  Now he is back at it again, complaining about the Washington Redskins’ name and logo (Variety Article).  Little Bob Costas does not like the name and logo, and has elected himself to be the champion of every Native American offended by the team mascot.  Apparently, he views himself as being the arbiter of what is right and wrong based on his ability to interview athletes.  He must think of himself as brave for sticking up for the little man.

I won’t go into my views of the issues Little Bob Costas spouts off about.  He can have whatever views he wants on whatever issues he believes are important.  However, using the platform he has for sports reporting to spout off his political views is weak and cowardly.  This is the exact same thing as a singer or actor abusing the stage given to him or her to crow about political events.  Just like actors and singers, Little Bob Costas did not obtain a stage and microphone based on his accomplishments in the arena of politics, and has no special background to give his opinions of social issues extra weight.  If he had some sort of credentials to back up his opinions, the producers of political talk shows would be beating down his door to get him booked.  If they are, he is too cowardly to appear in a venue where his views would be challenged.

The guy who picks up your trash or the lady who rings up your order at the grocery store have just as much credibility and authority to preach about politics to you.  If the garbage collector painted your trash cans with his political party’s logo, or if the cashier slipped a political pamphlet in your grocery bags, they would be fired for abusing their position.  Little Bob Costas does the exact same thing by using his sports microphone to preach about political and social issues.

Little Bob Costas obviously fancies himself as some sort of noble warrior wielding words to fight injustice in society.  He must view himself as the champion of The Little Man, but in reality, he is just a big mouth for A Little Man.

Not long ago, the “Stop Snitching” campaign was reported and examined in the media.  The crusade is aimed at providing encouragement for people with knowledge of criminal activity to remain silent.  It was originally a movement within the so-called “hip hop culture”.  It has, for years, been celebrated in rap “music”, chanted like nursery rhymes that teach criminality the same way traditional nursery rhymes teach simple life lessons.  The phrase, “Stop Snitching”, can still be found printed on t-shirts, usually overly long and ridiculously baggy t-shirts.

When the campaign was originally reported by the media, mainstream America expressed a significant degree of disgust. People who believed in justice and the rule of law were appalled that anyone could view lying and the protection of criminals as a form of integrity.  It was unfathomable anyone could be so stupid and immoral that there could be equivocation of honesty and lying.  The fervor of the media a few years ago has subsided, but the “Stop Snitching” issue lives on, stronger than ever.

T-shirts with the words, “Stop Snitching”, are not nearly as prevalent now as they were five years ago.  The instruction for people to not cooperate with police investigations is not as prevalent as it was either.  However, this is not an indication that logic and morality have overcome insanity and depravity.  On the contrary, the campaign was so wildly successful that the direction to be uncooperative with criminal investigators had evolved into a cultural standard for acceptable behavior.  When incidents in which someone refuses to cooperate with police reaches the media, the only real outrage comes from investigators, prosecutors and victims’ family members.  In other words, the only people who see a real problem with the behavior are those personally affected when justice is thwarted.

The rest of American society, for the most part, dooesn’t seem to care too much about anything that doesn’t affect them directly.  This is a clear indication that there is no recognition of, or commitment to, principles.  The larger concepts in life, such as integrity and justice, are not acknowledged.  One would have to imagine there would be few people interviewed during a “man on the street” poll who would be able to accurately define either concept.  Because of this inability to think critically or see beyond their Facebook account on their tablet, people have no perspective for judging the act of “snitching” as being either good or bad.  As long as a rapper or hiphop “artist” can make it rhyme like a Dr. Seuss book, it’s accepted as truth.

While there is little hope for American society as a whole to wake up and suddenly embrace enlightenment and morality over ignorance and depravity, there is the possibility for honesty to be forced out of people.  The criminal justice system routinely punishes people for failing to cooperate with criminal investigations.  People are held in contempt of court or charged with obstruction of justice.  While this punishes the behavior of the individual, it doesn’t provide an enormous motivation for others to act properly.  However, when such an instance is reported in the national media, there is an opportunity for the masses to be taught there are repercussions for defying the pursuit of justice.

This week, the girlfriend of an accused murderer and NFL Star, Aaron Hernandez, was indicted for perjury (New York Post Article).  Shayanna Jenkins faces imprisonment if found guilty of lying to protect her boyfriend.  This is an opportunity for those who subscribe to the belief that lying to police is a demonstration of integrity to be taught there are repercussions for putting this belief into practice.  If she is convicted, and severely punished, there may be some effect on the culture to counter the damage of the “Stop Snitching” movement.  The audience is perfect in this case.  If the case didn’t involve someone in the entertainment industry, NFL player Aaron Hernandez, few people in need of the message would actually receive it.  There is little hope anyone will suddenly wake up and realize there is no honor or integrity demonstrated by helping criminals to avoid apprehension or conviction, but perhaps some will realize it is in their own personal interest to cooperate with police.  Self-preservation could be a stronger motivator than rappers’ nursery rhymes.

This week, the newest installment of the “Grand Theft Auto” video game set sales records (Variety article).  The role assumed by gamers is that of a criminal, engaging in theft and violent offenses throughout the Los Angeles landscape.  Unlike other popular video games that place the player in the position of a soldier fighting in a combat environment, or a superhero fighting evil, this particular franchise makes no qualms about making criminal behavior fun.  Instead of fighting a willing foe on a battlefield, the gamer is be entertained by stealing from and assaulting random victims.

The introduction may lead some to believe this is a negative commentary on violence in video games.  It is not.  This is an expression of disgust that the weaklings in modern American culture cannot even hide in the safety of their homes and live a fake cyber life with any degree of honor or dignity.  It is one thing when people play video games reenacting battles from World War II or Vietnam, assuming the persona of a soldier fighting a knowing and willing enemy.  Of course, a real combat veteran might look at these people as pathetic, lacking the courage to actually engage a real opponent with life or deal consequences.  However, at least players of these games are fantasizing about behaving honorably.

In games like “Grand Theft Auto”, the player is entertained by acting cowardly.  As discussed and explained in a prior entry, committing crimes against victims who pose no real threat does not require any degree of courage.  Just because it takes nerve to steal a car from the driveway of a sleeping family, does not mean it requires bravery.  The fact that the perpetrator may face repercussions in the legal system does not mean he has displayed guts when he sticks the barrel of a gun in an unsuspecting robbery victim’s ribs.  Just like a pedophile who rapes a child is not courageous.  Same thing.

Of course, it is not possible to demonstrate honor or dignity simply by playing a video game.  It is, however, a barometer for what behavior is considered entertaining and glamorous.  Some war games and superhero games sell just as well as “Grand Theft Auto”, if not in greater numbers.  In a culture where honor and dignity are valued, and not corrupted in their definitions, there would be no contest between choosing to be a criminal or choosing to be a hero.  The sympathetic characters in “Grand Theft Auto” would be the targets of real heroes in other games.  But these are just video games in the end anyway, right?

These are just video games, and really don’t translate to reality.  There is no provable correlation between violent video games and violent behavior in the real world, just like there is no provable correlation between heroic video games and heroic behavior in the real world.  However, there is something that strikes me when it comes to games that celebrate cowardly criminal behavior.  Visualize some pathetic weakling sitting in his room for hours on end pretending to steal things and assault random victims.  He lives a fake existence, pretending to have experiences he will never come close to attempting.  He can’t even live in his cyber fantasy world with any appreciation for the courage of soldiers.  Instead, he dreams of living “up” to the level of a weak and cowardly criminal.

In his column this week, Bill O’Reilly discusses how many on the left feel sorry for drug dealers, excusing their behavior as a form of human weakness in need of helpful healing (Bill O’Reilly Article).  O’Reilly is correct, many social liberals view drug dealers with an unwarranted degree of sympathy.  The soft stance on profiting from human weakness certainly removes the stigma that once made it a dishonorable enterprise.  However, viewing drug dealers sympathetically is only half of the equation.  The other half, perhaps the more problematic half, is the view that being involved in the illegal drug trade is glamorous and a demonstration of success. 

In low-income and crime-ridden areas, it is easy to understand why the weak, those incapable of critical thinking and self-control, see the local drug dealer as an example of strength.  He has the most expensive clothes, the most ornate and pricey car, and he never looks like he is working very hard.  People with corrupt definitions of terms like honor, dignity, and success aspire to reach such entrepreneurial heights while continuing to live a life of laziness.  Monetary rewards and a feeling of self-sufficiency are strong motivators for behavior.  In communities where most people life off of government handouts, the drug dealer is seen as ambitious and successful.  Even though the placement of criminals at the top of the ghetto hierarchy is immoral, and a cause for children in poor communities to aim low when planning their futures, the culture is primarily marginalized and invisible to most Americans.

In a large segment of popular culture, plainly in view of all Americans, drug dealers are viewed as being celebrities.  Whether the dealer sells marijuana or prescription pills on a school campus, or distributes cocaine and ecstasy in a nightclub, he is considered to be in the highest caste.  Glamorized in movies, on television, and through rap “music”, the drug dealer is attributed with a mystique.  He is the one with an entourage in school, the rebel the immature girls want to date.  The “steroids and silicone” crowd comprising the upper echelon of the nightclub clique flock to the drug dealer like he is a movie star.  Speaking of the “steroids and silicone” crowd, take a look around if you belong to a trendy gym or fitness center.  The big, muscular guy with the tattoos and the earrings?  Yes, he might be a drug dealer.

There are endless examples of people who have chosen to participate in the drug trade even though they were financially comfortable.  Why?  The glamour and prestige in popular culture.  I personally investigated a man in his 20’s who ambitiously cornered the ecstasy market in a certain city.  He made enough money to open and develop three successful businesses in the housing market.  He could have easily walked away from the drug trade, and likely would have gone the rest of his life without paying the consequences for the risks he took.  But he couldn’t bring himself to let go of the celebrity status he held.  He continued to invest in the drug trade for quick disposable income to finance his glamorous life beyond what his legitimate businesses could provide.  More importantly for him, he was treated like a celebrity in the nightclub crowd.  Whenever he set up a corporate tent at local events such as parades and festivals, the tent was filled with strippers and beautiful people.  He lived the life until he was caught and sent to federal prison, his business assets seized by the government.

As Bill O’Reilly asserts, a soft-hearted approach to addressing drug dealers is a problem.  It lessens the deterrent of facing serious penalties in the justice system, and it nullifies the deterrent of being stigmatized as a criminal.  While these important reasons to avoid being involved in the drug trade are weakened by treating drug dealers as victims, a powerful motivation to engage in the black market is created when they are glamorized in popular culture.  For many drug dealers, the monetary rewards are second to the social rewards.  Selling drugs makes an average guy a prestigious business man in the ghetto, the big man on campus, or a legend in the nightclub scene.  Apparently, living the glamorous life of a celebrity is too intoxicating to quit no matter what legal risks a drug dealer faces.

With the initiation of the NFL season, I thought I would use sports to illustrate some of the things on my mind.  Here’s my version of Crash Davis’ famous speech in Bull Durham (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBfdl6hNZ9k).  Wrong sport, I know.  Just go with it.

 

Well, I believe in logic.  The mind.  The drive.

The superiority of will over skill.  The value of fighting in hockey. 

Old Mo’ Town.  New Metallica. 

That rap and hip hop are self-indulgent, overrated crap.

I believe OJ Simpson got away with murder and so did the jury that acquitted him.

I believe there ought to be a Constitutional Amendment outlawing remakes of classic songs and classic movies.

I believe in courage, learning from history, spending more money on your car than on the wheels you put on it.

And I believe in the superiority of rugged individualism over any form of collectivism.

Goodnight.

The next time you go out in public, take a look at how many women and teenage girls are being used by their weakling boyfriends.  Let me preface this by saying I don’t expect women to be treated like princesses, incapable of taking care of themselves.  On the contrary, I find strong women to be both attractive and inspirational.  As much as I hold strong, accomplished women in high regard, I am equally disgusted with “men” who take advantage of such women.  In turn, I am disappointed by a capable woman who allows a parasite to latch onto her and use her for a free ride through life.

When you’re driving around town, take note of the women who are driving while their male companion sits next to her, passenger seat leaned back so he can stretch out and really relax.  He enjoys the ride while his chauffer takes him to return the Red Box movie she rented for him the previous night.  Bet your paycheck he doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, and bet your life he doesn’t own a car.  Instead, he is content to ride around like a helpless child, and he does so without shame.

Once you’ve driven to a restaurant or  movie theater, prepare to be even more disgusted.  You’ll see women paying for dinner while their loser boyfriend gobbles down a free meal, probably chewing his food with his mouth open.  You’ll see well-dressed women, right after a hard day at work, buying movie tickets while their worthless boyfriend struggles to hold his baggy pants up.  Rest assured, he didn’t spend his day at work.  More likely, he rolled out of bed around noon and spent the day smoking weed and playing video games, all while his girlfriend was working hard to earn a paycheck.

As pathetic as a male is who does not have a job to support himself, it’s even more troubling that he can actually find a woman willing to take care of him.  In a strong culture, women would view such a male as being undesirable, if not outright disgusting.  A male who is not strong enough and honorable enough to provide for himself, and if necessary, his family, should be ostracized by society.  If such a failure of manhood were to pursue a woman romantically, she would laugh at him and cause him enough embarrassment to be motivated to change.  Being incapable of attracting a mate would convey a powerful message to a young man.

Instead, we live in a culture of weakness.  Being a failure, a worthless waste of skin and an oxygen thief, is accepted.  Even worse, it is rewarded.  Not only can a lazy bum attract a woman to mate with him, he can simultaneously obtain a free ride through life.  When the stigma of being a loser is removed, and being a leach is rewarded, the only result can be the proliferation of more losers and leaches in society.  The cycle of a culture breeding and conditioning more worthless inhabitants only accelerates the descent into the abyss of weakness.

Earlier this month, two weaklings beat to death 88-year-old Delbert Benton in Washington (NY Daily News article).  Benton was a World War II veteran who survived being wounded in combat overseas fighting on behalf of his country.  In the end, a corrupt version of the culture he fought to protect from an outside imperial foe led to his demise.

The two thugs charged with beating and killing Benton are the product of a culture where the definition of respect has been perverted to mean fear.  The term “props” seems to be the most precious achievement in life for the weaklings guiding American culture into the abyss.  Props is a slang term for people too lazy to enunciate the words “proper respect”.  Respect should mean having high regard for the ability of someone to be a productive member of society, or for the way in which someone honors their commitment to high standards and principles.  Instead, the definition of respect has been twisted so even the most worthless and weak can feel as if they have earned it.

In modern American culture, respect is equated with fear.  Evaluating these two terms and placing them on the same plane indicates a severe mental weakness.  If an act doesn’t demonstrate or require honor and dignity, it cannot garner real respect from others.  A child respects his parent who lays out rules and consequences for violating rules, and then follows through with consistently doling out punishment as promised when those rules are broken.  A child does not respect an adult who beats him for behaving in a way he didn’t know was forbidden.  The child fears this parent.  Similarly, cowardly thugs wrongly  believe they are receiving respect when the victim they point a gun at complies with their demand for money.

It seems apparent that Delbert Benton didn’t comply promptly with the demands of these two cowardly thugs, and they interpreted this as a form of disrespect.  The same perverted values that led them to confuse respect and fear caused them to choose violence as a means of acquiring their “props”.  So they killed Benton, a man who served in the military and raised a family, to make themselves feel they were superior to him because of it.  In his prime, Benton surely would have defeated either of these weaklings, regardless of whether the conflict was a battle of strength in a street fight, or a battle of wits in a chess match.  Like craven vultures seeking prey already wounded or dead, they sought out their victim in a vulnerable stage of his life.  What they couldn’t accomplish through strength and fortitude, defeating a real man in combat the way Delbert Benton and other war veterans have done, they accomplished through a surprise attack on an outnumbered and fragile victim.

It’s an affront to justice and natural order when the better man loses to the weaker coward.  In a just and honorable society, cowardly weaklings like these would not garner respect or even fear.  The only reaction decent people should have to such an atrocity is one of disgust and anger. 

The recent murder of Chris Lane by three juvenile cowards is a clear manifestation of the American culture’s weakness.  Without warning or provocation, the suspects randomly picked out Lane, an Australian attending college in Oklahoma,  as he was jogging, and shot him to death.  Apparently, the youngsters claimed to have sought out an assassination target as a means of relieving an unbearable period of boredom.

I can’t attest to the mindset or motivations of these particular cowards, but their actions are an expression of weakness.  Attacking an unsuspecting target, especially one who is unarmed and not a threat, takes no courage.  Perhaps the weaklings in American culture mistake getting up the nerve to do a risky act with actually having real courage.  The inability of weaklings to think critically is one of the reasons for the confusion.

The weaklings mistake nerve for courage, and they mistake being a thug for being strong and tough.  A thug is a bully.  There are few greater examples of weakness than a bully, someone who attacks or intimidates others who are not capable of defending themselves.  It takes no courage to engage in a conflict knowing there is no risk of losing.  It may take some degree of nerve to attack someone knowing there could be legal repercussions, but that doesn’t make the aggressor brave.  The kind of “courage” demonstrated by the three weaklings charged with killing Chris Lane is the same kind of “courage” a pedophile calls upon when raping a child.

Three armed assailants against one unarmed victim who wasn’t even aware an attack was imminent;  employing the ultimate sucker punch so three weaklings could defeat someone stronger than all of them combined:  only cowardly weaklings could see this as a demonstration of courage.

Honor, dignity, reason, justice, and strength.  There should be no argument about these terms all being positive things worthy of pursuit.  However, all of these have been perverted, corrupted, or altogether abandoned in American culture.  As a result, the definition of good and the meaning of bad have been inverted, and the concept of right versus wrong has been twisted beyond recognition.  The acceptance of criminality and the appreciation of style over substance are clear evidence of the weakening of American culture.

Through the analysis of current events, as well as the cultural reaction to those incidents, the evidence to prove the American culture is one of weakness presents itself daily. 

 

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