I’m no apologist for child abuse, but I think we’re going overboard with the public witch hunt directed against someone like Adrian Peterson, who has admitted he did wrong, has talked to a psychologist, and is awaiting resolution through the legal system. Is anyone else uneasy with the overwrought national shaming that goes on, week after week after week, first on this issue, then on that issue?
Let’s face it: As bad as Peterson’s actions were–and they were indeed wrong–much worse stuff happens every single day in this country, and yet there is no national campaign directed against any of it. Think about the fact that 90 percent of the unborn diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted, or that sex trafficking occurs on the streets of our own cities, or that Americans feel more vulnerable to a terrorist attack than at any time since 9/11.
The fact that we are able to expend so much energy on whether Adrian Peterson will suit up this weekend is more than a little unsettling. It’s almost as if the country is ruled by its emotions rather than its reason, its passions rather than its principles.
Come to think of it, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?