President Obama thinks the bad actions of a few individuals in Penn State’s football program is some kind of national crisis requiring the “entire country to do some soul-searching“:
President Obama called for the nation to do some “soul searching” in the wake of a scandal at Penn State University that led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno after it was revealed one of his assistants allegedly sexually abused eight boys and the team did little to stop it.
“Obviously what happened was heartbreaking, especially for the victims, the young people who got affected by these alleged assaults,” he told Westwood One Radio in a Friday night interview, making his first public comments on the scandal.
“And I think it’s a good time for the entire country to do some soul-searching — not just Penn State. People care about sports, it’s important to us, but our No. 1 priority has to be protecting our kids. And every institution has to examine how they operate, and every individual has to take responsibility for making sure that our kids are protected.”
One assistant coach behaved very, very badly and should be locked up for the rest of his life. And those who knew and did not report this matter to authorities also deserve censure (at minimum) and perhaps punishment (depending on the laws in the Keystone State).
But, why must all Americans engage in soul-searching for a handful of individual bad actors? Is it this liberal mentality makes social problems of individual crimes?
This is a very revealing comment about the president’s mentality. He would have been better served to respond as did Pennsylvania’s junior senator. By all accounts, Joe Paterno was a first rate coach who handled this situation in a, well, less than professional manner.
Because this matter has received such prominence, perhaps it is appropriate for the president to comment, but to fault those at fault and express the disgust most Americans feel at the charges, but we’re not the bad actors here. And we don’t need engage in soul-searching for misdeeds we haven’t committed.