Politics has become a resolution-less argument about which side is worse – and it’s always the other side.
The well that produces my moral or logical outrage was nearly tapped out. But a new source broke through today and I am incensed.
Two nights ago Chicago “vandals” broke in and trashed the stable housing the horses of the Chicago Mounted Police patrol. Of 30 horses in the barn, 27 were released and two injured. One horse was sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher.
“The horses were very agitated and fearful because of what they had just endured,” he said. “The type of incident that happened last night upset a lot of people, including everybody that works here.”
I am also upset by what happened in that stable.
No matter the bad actions of New Black Panthers, Occupiers, or any other socially-excusable set of thugs and malcontents, some exculpatory “narrative” is manufactured to transfer the blame from those who deserve it to the ones being attacked or threatened.
Decades ago I was married to a violent alcoholic. His excuse, “I wouldn’t have to behave this way if only you _____________.” Fill in the blank. His excuse for threatening me with a loaded shotgun? I fed the dog before getting his dinner on the table. Yep, I deserved what I was going to get, didn’t I?
Take Your Best Shot Media and Liberal Apologists
Death threats and assaults, whether implied or delivered, are excused by liberals and the media because they believe the complaining victims actually deserved what they got because they were racist, part of the one-percent, or otherwise guilty of some contrived moral sin. Blaming the victim has proven to be a good strategy. It’s worked for decades in homes and in politics.
I’m waiting for the news story that blames the victims in this case of assaulting the Chicago horses. Surely the horses deserved what they got. They must be racist, rich, homophobes, anti-Islamic, women-haters, or conservative. There must be some story-line that will prove they deserve what they got.
Blaming the victims has become sport in the United States. The media has come to love reporting the “narrative” rather than fact.
Only humans are nasty enough to hurt others because of a difference of opinion or belief, whether that disconnect is economic, based on race or religion, sexual preference, or politics. People should take a lesson in civility and compassion from brute animals. The world would be a far better place for all.
Chicago Thugs: What do you do with Rogue Animals?
Humans who resort to attacking defenseless animals prove they are nothing more than animals themselves. And, rogue animals at that. What should we do with them? I have my own ideas, but first we’ll have to let the story play out. If the rogue animals who assaulted these innocent horses are identified, wait for the “narrative” to develop. If they can’t pin the blame on the horses themselves they’ll surely find another scapegoat.
Rant over. Disgust remains.