Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. We all know the words to this children’s nursery rhyme. We know that ‘all the kings horse’s and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again’. I wonder if Joe Paterno feels a little like Ole Humpty Dumpty this morning?

This nursery rhyme recalls how ole Humpty was comfortable sitting high up on his wall, seemingly unreachable, untouchable, and invincible. To many times, people reach a certain level and think they are untouchable. Their lofty status  allows them to feel insulated from the real world and the realities we lower ranking humans deal with on a daily basis. Because these people seldom have to come down from their lofty positions, they somehow think their actions won’t be scrutinized or judged the same way as normal people.

Over the past 24 hours, the President of Penn State University, Graham Spanier and the Head Football Coach, Joe Paterno, have both been fired from their job with the university. Humpty has fallen!

But, lets for a minute look at what Joe Paterno did or didn’t do that has caused this case to take this long to come to light. According to the grand jury indictment (caution, it is explicit) handed down, it does not appear that Spanier or Paterno will be indicted. Because they did what was required of them by law, they will not face prosecution. But, come on, they did the bare minimum they were required to do to ensure they would not be held legally responsible for failing to act and they think that makes them somehow above reproach. Are you kidding me? Since when does doing only the minimum outweigh doing what is right for an innocent victim? As the head coach, Joe Pa has the moral obligation to report, follow-up, and take action if it hasn’t been taken yet. This stuff happened in 1998, ‘allegedly’, and here it is 2011 and he didn’t think it was worth asking questions as to why nothing had been done? 12 years of silence, for what; to protect his inflated ego or his ‘reputation’? This makes my sick! As a man, as a father, as a human being, I cannot tolerate or accept this lack common decency for the children who were taken advantage of and victimized.

The graduate assistant, Mike McQueary doesn’t deserve to still have a job with the university. While the board of trustee’s has requested he NOT be on the sidelines for Saturdays game because of safety concerns, he still has a job. Now, I am a father of 5 boys and 1 girl and if I had walked into a shower area and witnessed Sandusky doing what McQueary claims he was doing (read about it in the indictment link above), I would have done whatever was necessary to stop it. Is that what he did? No. He went home and talked to his own father about it, then waited until the following day to report the incident to the head coach, Joe Pa. How can he deal with this, knowing he did nothing to stop the assault from happening? Should he be held accountable for his lack of actions? Absolutely. He is just as culpable as Spanier, Paterno, the Athletic Director, and the VP who were indicted for perjury.

This whole story reminds me of Pontus Pilate and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Pilate had the ability to do what was right, what was morally and ethically right and hand down justice that was appropriate. Of course we know how the story played out, he did the minimum he was required to do. He even provided a visual for what he was doing when he had the water basin brought out. His washing his hands symbolized he was taking no responsibility for what was about to happen. He COULD have stepped into the story and saved an innocent man from a cruel death. Rather, he took the easy way out because he wanted to maintain his reputation, his stature, and his pride. Is this what Spanier, Paterno, McQueary, and the others did? Were they more concerned with how this might make them look? Did they think the reputation of the university was more important than the safety of the children?

Only time will tell just the depths of evil that Sandusky reached. More stories are coming out all the time and they just keep getting worse and more depraved. The bottom line is this; As a human being, it is our obligation to do whatever is necessary to protect the lives of innocent children. Anything less is unacceptable.

Joe Paterno, if only you had acted in the interest of the children instead of in the interest of Joe Paterno you might still have a job today.

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About Markus
Self confessed MisFit trying to get through life. Christ Follower,Father,Papaw,Musician. A realist who is enjoying becoming lost in the right direction

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