The recent madness at Penn State University continues with more and more revelations and speculation. Over the last 18 hours I’ve heard commentators call for a Congressional Investigation, the FBI and more strict regulations from whatever governmental source to ensure that this “can never happen again”.
At first this sort of talk seems reasonable, obviously no right thinking person wants this kind of outrage to ever happen again. Who doesn’t want to see the wrong-doers punished?
I rather doubt that Congress should insert itself into this mess, after all they have plenty of messes on their plate already and I don’t see them cleaning any of them up very well… Have I missed something?
The great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has its own legislature full of eager politicians needing face time on TV; why can’t they investigate?
Of course the Federal Department of Education is launching an investigation… Whew! Don’t you feel better now? After all, everybody has confidence that they will clean up the mess.
It seems a little odd to me that the knee-jerk reaction of the media is always for a governmental solution to every problem as if just having the government involved in something will make everything all right.
NEWS FLASH: Penn State University IS THE GOVERNMENT!!!
Government is an institution created by humans and run by men and women who are fallible. They make mistakes, they fail in their objectives and they are prone to inertia. Every person involved (other than the victims) in this case is either a former or current employee of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There is no employee of any level of government anywhere who is divine; only imperfect humans.
This is not intended to say that those who may be guilty in this matter have an excuse for wrong-doing, nor is it intended to say that no governmental agencies should oversee this matter to ensure that every step is taken to purge the rogue elements from Penn State. But can’t we at least, just for once, drop the attitude that our government is so vastly superior to the rest of us? The last time I checked, government was there to serve the People, not to be venerated.