Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and now Dennis Hastert. All examples that our society is failing at a pace never imaginable. For Hastert, he went from coach to the number 2 in line for the Presidency of our nation.
Scandal after scandal across the nation, and we read the stories now filling the airways on Hastert, but this too will pass and most will forget. My question is why are we seeing more and more of this happen and when are we as a society going to take steps to prevent it in the future.
If you haven't read the indictment on Dennis Hastert, rest assured the first sentence tells us what we need to know.
"From approximately 1965 to 1981, defendant JOHN DENNIS HASTERT was a high school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Illinois." (Click here for entire indictment)
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this scandal dates clear back to his coaching days, otherwise why mention his employment dating back 50 years.
We will see story after story on this for the next several weeks and then it will taper off until the next big scandal. My primary question is simple. What steps are we as a society going to take to protect our children in the future from these types? Let's not overlook another key problem with this type of behavior. It grows from a lawless society. It is all connected and don't think for a second they are not.
When a State's Attorney or Attorney General plays politics with local corruption it spawns a new age. An age where people believe that power determines justice, not laws. Most believe that is what we have today. Personally, I think Edgar County could be the poster child for this type of behavior.
Don't be fooled by the press coverage of this Hastert story and think it's just another Washington power broker who got caught. If you do that, you lost focus of the real concern. All indications are his misconduct happen long before he was ever into politics. That means he was just another teacher/coach. Not much different than those same perverts who have abused our children in our local schools.
Not much different than local school board members at Shiloh School District who wanted to extend a contract of their exposed and convicted pervert Superintendent. What kind of people vote to keep a person with a history of sexual abuse on a child? (Click here for that article)
Those who find excuses and vote for those known perverts are part of the problem, but more importantly, those citizens that allow their disgusting behavior to continue by not not holding them accountable is the bigger problem.
This quote from a parent who's son had Hastert as a coach says it all.
“You won’t get anyone to say anything bad about him out here,” said David Corwin. “Everybody loved him. The kids loved him and they still do.” (The Blaze Article with quote at the end)
To say you won't get anyone to say anything bad about him out there and that the kids still love him, even after he acknowledged the misconduct should concern us all. Those types of statements are the indicators of a serious problem. They are a clear failure to understand wrong in spite of the facts.
There has to come a time when we as a society have had enough and realize if we don't start a corrective action plan soon we are done as a moral, upright society.
Even in our township of Kansas with a whopping population of 1003, we have had a history of abusive educators with our children and no one has ever been held accountable to my knowledge. Sadly, people defended their behavior and covered it up until years later when they talk about it at the coffee shops.
What will it take for you to realize something has to be done right in your own town to stop this systemic sickness in our country?
I pray to God that our society hears the call to action and takes steps to protect this sacred country that so many of our families fought and died for. If you are not involved in the solution then you are part of the problem.
God Help Us!