It is hard to keep up with the news. We race from crisis to crisis. Things are moving so fast it hardly gives us time to properly place the blame for our problems and release the scape goat into the desert. Ferguson, NFL domestic violence, Ukraine, Syria, ISSIS all have exploded since the beginning of summer. There are many more I am sure I have missed. It is not easy to keep up with all that is going on, of all the people to be blamed.
Because, after all, finding someone to blame is the answer to the problems.
In Ferguson, we almost had it solved, We had reduced it to two blameworthy possibilities. It was the hate-filled white policeman who was just waiting for an opportunity to shoot a black guy and the white municipal system that supported him and oppressed the African Americans. Either that or it was the lawless, self-centered young black man who pilfered cigars and attacked a police officer and incited all those African Americans who saw an opportunity to create a distraction and loot and burgle the hard earned property of whites with the blessing of the liberal elite.
That's about as far as we got before we had reached the other side of our short attention span where the next crisis was revealing its enticing, intoxicating opportunity for casting guilt and thus the resolution of another societal problem.
Do not misunderstand. Focusing on events like Ferguson should be a necessary and ultimately helpful exercise. And painful. Discovering where we went wrong and are going wrong would be invaluable.
But that is the problem. We don't like to discover where "we" went wrong. We work very hard to discover where "they" went wrong.
Because when we have established that "they" are to blame, our job is done. Let's move on, to the NFL and domestic violence. Obviously professional athletes are responsible for the millions of instances of domestic violence that have occurred every year since the days of leather helmets and no face guards. This one seems easy. Mission accomplished.
I am sure millions of victims of domestic violence are relieved.
Doesn't it feel good?