Thursday, September 18, 2008


O. J. Simpson is back on trial, this time charged with armed robbery. I will not waste my time trying to make sense of the evidence in O. J. case. What I want to focus on is what O. J. Simpson and Michael Vick have in common.

Michael Vick did a dumb stupid thing by participating in a dog fighting enterprise. O. J. Simpson did a dumb stupid thing by participating in a scheme to retrieve his memorabilia. What was dumber and stupider than the crimes they were charged with was surrounding themselves with a bunch of gutless punks. Simpson and Vick surrounded themselves with a bunch of so called friends who portrayed themselves as tough guys. The only problem, these guys portrayed tough guy persona until they were confronted with tough decisions. The minute these guys were confronted with tough decisions, the punkness of them oozed out of them like hot lava from a volcano.

Hopefully this will prove to be a lesson to the youth in this country that believe the only way to prove themselves as tough guys, are to surround themselves with a bunch of tough wannabes. Today America is hemorrhaging with gang-leaders portraying themselves as tough guys as long as they’re surrounded by their posse. These gang members participate in cowardly acts like drive-by shootings with total disregard for innocent bystanders.

The people who participate in gangland behavior are either bullies, or people with low self-esteem. The bullies are the ones who can’t bully other people without their posse with them, and the low self-esteemed can’t function without the protection of the bullies. In return we get an overcrowded penal system with our youth. In return we get some members of society complaining about how our youth are being incarcerated at an alarming rate. The bottom line is this, the only way our youth will pull out of this revolving door of tough guy stupidity, is for parents to start showing tough love. To me tough love means showing compassion, but at the same time letting our children know who’s the boss; even if it means some ass kicking when it’s required.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good for people to know.