Conservatives Confused About Vick. So What Else Is New?

Conservatives, as usual, are mixing apples and oranges with their Michael Vick blabberings.

This morning on Morning Joe, former Congressman Joe Scarborough pronounced himself offended that people were more upset about the dogs Vick brutally victimized than about people brutalized by sports figures.

On the surface that’s an easy position to take. But in the Conservative way, it ignores facts.

Scarborough noted emails coming in stating that human victims have a choice and the dogs had none about their respective situations. To paraphrase, he said that a little woman being raped or beaten by a two or three hundred pound football player didn’t have much choice in the matter and didn’t choose to be raped. He’s offended that people can’t see that.

Apples and oranges, Joey.

The salient and emotional fact is that we don’t know that woman. We don’t know anything about her. She’s a stranger. We can express sympathy for her, but there’s not going to be much depth to it, because she is a stranger.

And when the ordeal is over (it doesn’t have to be a woman getting beaten – could be a guy getting shot or beat up or whatever) the victim can seek justice or seek revenge. That’s where the victim generally has some choices.

But dogs are not strangers, not even pit bulls raised for fighting on some hidden farm. We all know dogs. We know our own dogs. We know the neighborhood dogs. We can relate viscerally and emotionally and immediately to dogs, to any dog, anywhere.

Dogs have no choices. They can’t go to the cops and complain. They can’t talk to a friend or confidante. They can’t get justice. They can’t fight back. They can’t even run away because their chains are ones of steel and of ignorant love for the foul and disgusting people who abuse them.

So, Joey, stop whining like a Conservative. You clowns never show any concern for human victims. You’re the guys who keep trying to suppress women. You’re the guys who put down gays and others victimized by social attitudes. You’re the guys who look down on people you don’t think are as good as you. You’re the guys who think it’s okay for the poor and working poor to suffer ill health. And as far as animals, Joey, it was on your show that your people joked about breaking the necks of puppies. You had yourselves a good laugh over that.

You guys may win elections, but you never get the important things right.


3 Responses

  1. …and here I thought Joe Scarborough had a television news program where he could have been spending lots and lots of time giving coverage to stories of women raped by sports figures…

    Oh wait, he does!

    You’ve got to love American culture. When Lindsay Lohan throws her life away in a downward spiral, hurting no one but herself, the media strings her up as a pariah. Her name is now synonymous on Faux News for any celebrity out of control with drugs and alcohol in the public eye.

    When Michael Vick, meanwhile, establishes an institutional operation to torture and murder helpless dogs, watch as television personalities struggle to find an angle to use to defend him!!

    Why defend this man? Because he can throw a football pretty well? He never did anything heroic, or made an example of himself as anything but an arrogant, elitist narcissist.

    Oh wait… I just realized what he and Joey Scar have in common.


  2. Yowsah!! 🙂


  3. The Michael Vick story has so many interesting angles because it crosses all lines – conservatives love the “I found Jesus” line (lie), liberals defend animals, conservatives generally love professional sports, liberals want to make this a race issue…

    Okay, enough of the stereotypes. Now, I will get on with my point.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk


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