Sunday, June 24, 2012

Karen Klein morality call takes an ugly turn for the political at The New York Times!

The New York Times? Not all that surprising!

By now few of us have not heard the saga of Karen Klein, the bus supervisor in Greece, New York who was subjected to the vile taunts and disgustingly outrageous and demeaning statements made by a group of young punks.

These youngsters were obviously not taught any better at home or worse, were taught through observing their parents that what transpired is acceptable behavior.

It's also possible that their parents did the best that they could and that these kids were hijacked by the wholesale decline in the moralistic fiber of our society. A filthy pool that they swim in each and every day.

And nowhere is this pool of filth evidenced or made clearer than on reality T.V. shows such as Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, 16 and Pregnant, Keeping up with the Kardahians and, well the list goes on and on.

In fact since this genre became so profitable for producers there have literally been hundreds of them.

As time goes on and plot lines are forced to become more and more outrageous in order to hold onto the miniscule attention span of the general public, the line that divides the somewhat acceptable and the morally bankrupt becomes blurred if not impossible to see at all.

Sex, violence, pregnancy, drug use, drinking, disrespecting authority and other more sociopathic behaviors are glamorized by groups of people who have become role models to many of the nations children.

Parents, as moral arbiters of right and wrong for their children, in a perfect world should be able to deny access to shows they don't approve of, but two very basic things get in the way.

The first is that many parents, like their children, enjoy watching these shows which in essence is providing de-facto approval of the behaviors. The second, and more difficult issue, is that internet access has served to remove some of the ability of parents to monitor what children do.

What are ways around the problem? With internet access available just about anywhere it is extremely difficult. Perhaps home schooling and keeping children inside the house at all times. In this day and age, however, that style parenting would likely result in a visit from social services.

So the nation, and society as we know it, actually does now stand at a crossroads, exemplified by the newest poster child for the problem, Karen Klein.

The New York Times politicizes a non-political social issue!

Not a big reader of The New York Times due to the bias of its reporting, I happened to open it Saturday to an Op-Ed headline "Bullies on the Bus."

Because I have commented on this incident in upstate New York, I began reading with interest. Halfway through, however, I had to pause when I discovered that a social and moral issue was morphed into a ideologically political issue. How unfortunate although at the NYT, not totally unexpected either!

Reasonable thinking!

"...But what, if anything, does this say about society at large? Many things one could argue, but, for me, it is a remarkably apt metaphor for this moment in the American discourse in which hostility has been drawn out into the sunlight.

Those boys are us, or at least too many of us: America at its ugliest. It is that part of society that sees the weak and vulnerable as worthy of derision and animus..."

And an unfortunate segue!

"...This kind of behavior is not isolated to children and school buses and suburban communities. It stretches to the upper reaches of society — our politics and our pulpits and our public squares.

Whether it is a Republican debate audience booing a gay soldier or Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attack on a female Georgetown law student or Newt Gingrich’s salvos at the poor, bullying has become boilerplate. Hiss and taunt. Tease and intimidate. Target your enemies and torture them mercilessly. Maintain primacy through predation..." 

Can't we all just get along!

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