Why Child Rape at Penn State Will Happen Again
Now they’re sorry. Now, they’ll promise over and over that this will never happen again. It only took world-wide media coverage. I believe these allegations of child rape never came to light until now because of a sickness that all universities share; they feel they are above the law, and they’re in the education business not to educate, but to make profit. Pigs are flying folks! Oxhorn is complaining about “corporate” greed.
So we all know the details, but here’s a quick recap for the uninitiated: an assistant coach for Penn State’s football team named Jerry Sandusky is accused of 40 counts of molesting 8 boys over a 15 year period; these events came to light because assistant coach Mike McQueary caught Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in the football showers and told his boss, Joe Paterno; legendary coach Joe Paterno got fired from his coaching job for not reporting these events to the police. And the world is incensed.
Joe Paterno – The Coach Who Turned a Blind Eye
Joe Paterno, the legendary coach, has made over one billion dollars in revenue for Penn State during his career. One. Billion. Is that bad? No. But the next time someone comes to this blog and complains about The Corporations, Corporate Greed and Capitalism while defending the Marxist rhetoric of his favorite campus professors, I’ll be sure to bring this up. One billion in profit—for a university.
Football is stupid. That’s just my opinion. But I don’t begrudge those who play football or love football. You have to amuse yourself somehow, right? I don’t think it’s bad, I just think it’s stupid, like reality TV, tabloid journalism or Bill Mahr. It, like video games, is a form of entertainment. Cool.
It’s a particularly profitable form of entertainment, which is why universities all over the globe have embraced it under the guise of “physical education”. Now, I don’t know about you, but I hated PE when I was in high school. Not because I’m lazy, mind you. I enjoyed my physical chores as a kid, and even today, chopping a bit of wood seems like a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. I just think that learning how to play dodge-ball with so much intensity, as if it were a grand life skill that, once mastered, could secure one a top-paying job, is asinine.
But, my snobby complaints aside, it is a popular form of entertainment that is highly profitable. Sport, particularly football, is the oil of universities. Without it, tuition prices go higher, professor salaries go lower, and the value of a worthless degree in basket-weaving skyrockets into the realm of absurdities. Like gas.
Penn State Cover-Up and the Profit Motive
Football funds a university, and any scandal means significant loss of income. This, my classy friends, is why no one reported the sexual abuse. This is why Sandusky went on to molest more children for seven more years after he was caught with his pants down sodomozing a 10-year-old boy in a shower. This is why Paterno did his legal obligation and reported it to his superiors, but didn’t bother to call police. This is why the president of the university looked the other way and did nothing.
Universities think they are smarter than the law and therefore above the law. They took care of this situation, not by having Sandusky arrested, but simply by forbidding him to take the at-risk children he collected from the charity he founded into football buildings. I guess they thought rape couldn’t happen at home. This is why they never told the mother of the 10-year-old who was raped that Sandusky was often picking her son up after school and taking him back to his house to spend the night. I guess they figured it was none of her business.
Blame the Penn State “Corporation”
I don’t think all individual people who are part of a university are inherently bad. I’m sure the news of this situation has horrified professors and university desk-jockeys all around the globe. I’m just frustrated that they think they are better and smarter than everyone else—and then things like this happen. I also want to take this time to point out the bleeding obvious. Corporations are people. Corpus is Latin for body; a corporation is a conglomerate of bodies (people). Like corporations, universities are made up of thousands of people. Unlike corporations (with the exception of Disney) universities are so populated and wealthy that they become little cities unto themselves, with their own ways of governing things that happen on university property. Like both corporations and universities, the government is just a bunch of bodies. When I and my classy friends complain about government intrusion into private life, unjust taxes and so on, we’re saying that the government—as a body—is unjust and unwise. While individual people within the government (and corporations and universities) may be jolly and fine; it’s the concentrated mass of humanity that is the issue.
The bleeding obvious that I allude to is that the more people you get together, the worse they behave. The problem is not with corporations per-se. It’s with us. With people. This is obvious in all mobs and riots. Just look at occupy wall street. How many more people need to be raped or killed before police finally break up this concentrated mob? When students at Penn State heard that Joe Paterno was (justly) fired for turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse done by his own defensive coordinator, they responded by mobbing. They tore down lamp posts, lit fires and turned over media vans–not because a 10-year-old boy was raped, but because their favorite couch wouldn’t be in the game. The collective of stupid, angry students broke out into violence, but had they each individually thought a bout who would pay to repair the lamp posts and the van, who would have to put out the fires and whose tax dollars would be used to fund their incarceration when arrested, they may have refrained from violence. Child rape will happen again because people in large communities turn a blind-eye, expecting others to solve the problem.
The Solution – Change the Culture
By instinct, people want to be lazy. However, they also want to survive. When a man is alone, he realizes that his survival is predicated on him taking action—so he works. If he is not alone, he does as little as he can, expecting others to provide for him (welfare). When a woman is being raped and you are the only one there, you realize that, unless you do something yourself, she will continue to be raped—so you do something. However, if there are many people there, you say “It’s not my problem” or “Someone else will take care of it”, and you turn a blind eye.
This blind eye was turned by the president of Penn State and all others who knew about it because they thought someone else would take care of it. It wasn’t their responsibility—and it was bad business! Concentrated humanity is not a good thing. Crime is high in cities. Why? Because there is concentrated humanity. There are more people on welfare in cities than in rural areas; again, because of concentrated humanity. I’m not suggesting we burn all cities, get rid of all governance and get back to a tribal society (God forbid!). I do suggest that we each take individual responsibility for ourselves, especially if there is concentrated humanity around us, and never, ever rely on other people unless necessary. When we need food, we earn it. When we need a promotion, we work for it instead of just expecting it to magically appear. When we see a boy being sodomized, we run into the shower and kick the living spit out of the rapist before dragging his sorry self to the nearest police station so that he never rapes again.
It is NOT someone else’s responsibility. It’s ours. This is something we used to know. We used to be a manly culture, filled with people who took care of themselves, did their own work and built their own nation. We’ve become a culture of good-for-nothings who shirk personal responsibility in favor of handouts; who gather in reeking diseased masses protesting “corporations” without realizing that their stinking diseased mass is a corporation, instead of carving out a living for oneself.
In short, we need to man up.