Wanna get angry?
Read this: AFFLUENZA
I just want to say that this may be the best title of any blog posting I have ever done. Let’s all bask in my cleverness for a moment. Ahhhh.
Now, back to anger. I’m not one to shout, “off with his head!” at every offense I read about. In the case of an underage drunk driver, I lean more toward second chances than I do to dead ending someone so early in life. 10 years of probation with counseling and check-ins, that seems a tad too lenient but not outside what I’d be willing to nod in agreement to if it were wrapped in honest remorse.
It is not.
Instead what we’ve got is the usual blame-shifting razzle dazzle of fancy high-priced lawyers and a judge who ate it up with a spoon, a silver spoon perhaps. The most loathsome word to surely be added to the Oxford English dictionary next year is here: AFFLUENZA or the “I’m too rich to be guilty” defense. It sickens me.
As the article notes in a quote from Suniya Luthar, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University,
“There are families where very, very few limits are set at a time when they should be,” she said. By age 16, she noted, it’s too late: “The horse is out of the barn.”
To that I say, if that’s all you got, maybe it’s time to put down the horse? Or at least hold those who reared it responsible for its actions.