I find the blame-the-60s-for-Sandusky garbage that neocons are pushing to be even more nauseating than the let-the-healing-begin crap. You may have seen Bobo’s piece along these lines in today’s Times, but Steve M. finds some stuff that was even more awful. Bobo on MTP:
MR. BROOKS: I don’t think it was just a Penn State problem. You know, you spend 30 or 40 years muddying the moral waters here. We have lost our clear sense of what evil is, what sin is; and so, when people see things like that, they don’t have categories to put it into. They vaguely know it’s wrong, but they’ve been raised in a morality that says, “If it feels all right for you, it’s probably OK.” And so that waters everything down.
Steve M. also digs up an incoherent anti-boomer Walter Russell Mead screed that I can recommend only to the true masochists. Steve M. points out that Paterno is nearly 20 years too old to be a boomer.
There is literally nothing that these assholes won’t turn into part of the “culture war”, nothing. The Sandusky scandal and Catholic Church sex scandals both took place within the context of conservative hierarchies, how on earth do you blame it on the hippies? And it’s strange indeed that the same people who always yak about personal responsibility are so fast to absolve people of guilt as long as they see those people as ideological allies.