The United Penn States of America
Penn State University was the deserving recipient of unprecedented sanctions by the NCAA in response to the child sexual molestation scandal caused by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The school was fined $60 million, the football program’s scholarships were cut for four years, a four-year postseason ban was imposed, and the team was forced to vacate all wins from 1998-2011. Vacating those wins means that former head coach Joe Paterno, once a legend in his own time, posthumously relinquishes the title of winningest coach in major college football history.
Sandusky was found by a grand jury to be guilty on 45 out of 48 counts of sexual abuse dating from 1994 to 2009. School officials at the highest levels were charged with perjury, suspended, or dismissed for the cover up. Paterno was fired. Under pressure, university president Graham Spanier resigned.
It was found that Spanier and Paterno, as well as athletic director Tim Curley and school vice president Gary Schultz, knew of Sandusky’s child abuse as early as 1998, and failed to notify the proper authorities. By doing so, the four men failed for over a decade to protect children from a sexual predator.
It has been often said that Joe Paterno was once a real straight shooter among college football’s elite coaches. The multiple crimes and following punishments demonstrate what happens when focus on original goals is lost, then replaced by a philosophy of self-preservation at all costs. Paterno had become unapproachable, almost god-like.
The United States is being run in a fashion similar to that of the Penn State football team. There is an individual in the head position who’s deemed by some to be almost god-like and unapproachable. The people are being continuously abused because those in power love their positions so dearly they’re willing to adopt a philosophy of self-preservation at all costs. Those in charge are taking no action to stop the abuse.
The consequence of this inaction will be that soon America’s self-imagined, self-appointed monarchs will no longer be able to dictate outcomes to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
The people of United States of America will no longer tolerate the abuses of the current administration. They will no longer suffer insufferable Representatives in Congress or in the Senate. It makes little difference whether the insufferable ones are complicit, intimidated into remaining silent or out of fear, simply unwilling to act. The American people will choose to separate themselves from the injustices, the intolerance, the corruption, the abuses, the despotism, the evil.
At Penn State University the motto “Success With Honor” became: “You’re fired” “You’re guilty” or “I quit”.
The reality Penn State now faces provides the rest of America with a microcosm. It demonstrates in universally relatable ways that yes, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Still. When the corruption finally comes to light, even those who were thought unassailable pay the price.
In the White House, “Hope and change” has become “No, you didn’t”.
For American voters, the level of corruption, injustice, intolerance, the abuses, the despotism, the evil are coming to light. Over the next few months, more will be revealed.
The once unassailable, those considered unapproachable, even the almost god-like will pay. Sooner or later, whether it is being forced to resign in disgrace, being rejected by the masses or suddenly facing their Creator at the moment of their last breath.
Everybody has to pay.