I’m still reeling over Tony Bennett’s apology, that he didn’t nor shouldn’t have made, so I’m naturally upset to read where an adviser to Rick Perry who was fired from a top position in the Texas university system pulls out a knife and threatens people with it before leaving his office, or that he had to be escorted from the campus by campus police. What gives here?
I’ve written before about the in-your-face politics of today’s America and this is just another example of that. Jay Kimbrough released, let go, fired, pink slipped, whatever you want to call it, feels perfectly justified in pulling a knife that is considered a lethal weapon and showing it to people at a time when he was asked to leave his offices on a public university campus. Both the brandishing of a weapon and criminal trespassing are offenses for which one can be arrested, as well as the assault he made on campus police, yet Kimbrough in his explanation of things seemed to gloss over these offenses as if they were no big deal, a joke and that’s the rub. When the Right gets caught engaging in clear criminal behavior every excuse is made and accepted for why they are not responsible for their crimes, however, when even the poorest and in some cases the innocent are charged (Troy Davis) many in society expect the full weight of the law to be exacted against them.
Kimbrough is a friend of Rick Perry and has worked with him closely for some time. Most likely the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree; in other words absent a clear denouncement of Kimbrough’s behavior, Perry acquiesces if not downright agrees with how the former carried himself, which begs the question, do we want a President like this? I assert, in today’s political climate most Americans do. We have become so collectively deranged we wish death upon the least of us and expect expiation for the strongest of us, no matter how egregious the offense. It is a path the country has chosen to go down and it will certainly lead to its destruction. We won’t lose our greatness because we’ve embraced diversity, but rather because we’ve abandoned compassion and the rule of law. The lights we see in the tunnel of darkness we’re presently in is from the mirror and they are our lights.
- Fired A&M executive says showing knife was a joke (sfgate.com)