High school football is serious business in Texas. And it took a serious turn this weekend as two players blindsided a referee, one smashing him into the ground and the other piling on. It appears to have been a retaliation for an earlier ejection of a teammate. Whatever the reason, it is a pretty ugly scene.
The comments that appear under the video on Fox News fall somewhere between hilarious and ridiculous. All the commentators recognize that the hits were inexcusable but only some speculate on who is to blame. Several of them, as one would expect of Fox viewers, say President Obama caused the problem.
Here’s a sample: “These 2 belong in prison or a juvenile facility at the least. More disrespect for authority. Thanks Obama!” There is a triple blindness here. First, it is absurd to blame the President of the United States for two Texas boys being inexcusably aggressive. Second, it is very, very clear that the current “disrespect for authority” is something broad and deep in today’s American mentality. Third, the comment itself i a very clear example of disrespect for authority.
Blacks are showing much of the disrespect, obviously. And just as obvious is that they have a reason, whether we agree with that reason or not. An America that has tolerated racism for more than a century and a half after the Civil War cannot expect that it will be forever tolerated by those who are oppressed.
There are other sources of disrespect for authority: Most loud by sheer volume are Limbaugh, Beck, Fox “News,” and the newest loudmouth on the stage, Trump. They too must take their share of the blame. They show disrespect for authority every single day, day after day, year after year. It is not that they are critical but that their criticism so consistently takes the form of insult. They are all very bad for a democracy because they delight in breaking down the bonds of trust without which a democracy cannot exist.