Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Double Standard

[Posted By Jake]

It seems the media lynch mob and all sorts of government prosecutors and pundits have a rather perverse value system. They want to hold a college football coach to a higher standard than the Attorney General of the United States. There is a sanctimonious roar for responsibility from one, and a deafening silence on accountability from the other. Let's review:

The allegations about homosexual rape and child molestation by former Penn State assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, are reprehensible. Legendary football coach, philanthropist and hero to thousands of Nittany Lion alumni, students, family and community members, the late Joe Paterno, was publicly criticized by law enforcement and unceremoniously fired by the university's Board of Trustees based upon the broad speculation that he "should have done more" to stop Sandusky.

Concurrent with this tragedy in State College is the investigation into the far greater, government-sponsored tragedy known as Operation Fast and Furious. This botched program, overseen by the Department of Justice from 2009 to 2010, cost the lives of at least 200 Mexican citizens and United States Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry. Nearly 1400 of the more than 2000 Fast and Furious straw purchases cannot be accounted for, and some 700 of those guns have been linked to criminal activity.

The man with direct oversight responsibility for this program is Attorney General, Eric Holder. He claims to have no knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious until 2011, has refused to apologize to the border agent's family, and generally stonewalled all congressional and media inquiries into this monumental fiasco. So far, the calls for Holder's resignation have been few and muted.

Granted, neither Joe Paterno or Eric Holder committed the child abuse or murders at issue, but both men were identified as being in charge. Realistically, Holder is more responsible since he heads the Department of Justice while Paterno reported to a larger university bureaucracy. Additionally, Paterno cut ties with Sandusky twelve years ago, while Holder's DOJ bloodbath is but a little over a year old.

Yet somehow, in the court of public opinion, Paterno has been tried and convicted, while Holder dismisses any questions as mere politics and continues his inept tenure as America's chief law enforcement officer. Where are the people who thought they saw Paterno's culpability so clearly? Why aren't they asking Holder if he "should have done more" to save the lives lost in his disastrous Operation Fast and Furious? Why the double standard?


Blogger Dannytheman said...

In my opinion? There are far more Universities and Alums of those Universities in the country, each hating on Penn State. Holder has the President and Senate on his side currently.

In your example though, Sandusky is under arrest. No one involved in the Fast and Furious case has even been disciplined/fired/arrested.

February 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

I thought Paterno was dead.

February 6, 2012 at 9:22 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

I'm tired of talking Paterno.

February 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM 
Blogger jake said...

Sadly yes, Bob, JoePa has passed away. The adjective "late" in the post indicates he is deceased. Perhaps you thought it only meant tardy? I know you have trouble with dictionaries.

The more relevant deaths were that of US Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, and hundreds of Mexican people. Where is the moral outrage over this epic failure of Obama's Attorney General? How do these families get justice in the face of this massive coverup?

February 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Jake - Are you sitting down? I agree. F & F was a horrible blunder & if Holder is in any way responsible, he should be held accountable. I want to see a thorough investigation. And Jake, a sailor still isn't a soldier.

February 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM 
Blogger jake said...

Nice tie Bob.

February 6, 2012 at 8:13 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Thanks Jake, but I never wear one.

February 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM 
Anonymous Rdub said...

Bob the sailor thing, say that to my son's face and be ready to back it up.

February 7, 2012 at 1:22 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

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February 7, 2012 at 6:04 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

RDUB - If your son can't tell the difference between a soldier and a sailor, how did he even manage to get into the military?

February 7, 2012 at 7:02 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

What's up with the heat? I thought that stuff was relegated to commentary over at the delcotimes site?

February 7, 2012 at 7:42 AM 
Anonymous Rdub said...

OK Bob Coranado, California the restis classified

February 7, 2012 at 7:50 AM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

OK Rdumb Yelda. In motherland you big Pizda!

February 7, 2012 at 7:56 AM 

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