Tuesday, December 16, 2008

John Walsh's son's murder closed--but what about the rest of us?

Losing a child through a murder very gruesome that followed an abduction must be an extremely hard thing to go through, yet John Walsh took his personal hurt and grief and inflicted it on the rest of society through his series "America's Most Wanted" and through his activism. These two paragraphs from an article about the case being closed says a lot of it:

"What it also did, said Mount Holyoke College sociologist and criminologist Richard Moran, is make children and adults alike exponentially more afraid.

"He ended up really producing a generation of cautious and afraid kids who view all adults and strangers as a threat to them and it made parents extremely paranoid about the safety of their children," Moran said."

This paranoia fed right into the Reagan administration's demonization of liberals as people who let vicious criminals who go free because of supposed too much tolerance. It fed into the literal demonization of people through allegations of Satanic Ritual Abuse, which destroyed hundreds of lives through accusations made by manipulative psychiatrists about a supposed Satanic Conspiracy that never existed. It strengthened the Christian Right by making the idea of a tangible, irrational, Evil stalking the land that can't be reasoned with but only fought by the righteous a mainstream one.

While you may have suffered, John Walsh, you have changed the fabric of American society for the worse through your response to your suffering as an actor and as a public figure who can command respect. And get attention.

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