In an attempt to post more regularly here, I have decided to post a synopsis and link to the best article(s), book or piece of journalism I read each week this year.
So, kicking off the week before Spring 2019 semester begins, I give you a phenomenal sports profile from Sports Illustrated's Mike Rosenberg about former quarterback phenom Todd Marinovich.
People my age remember Marinovich as a cautionary tale. We remember that he never ate fast food as a child. His father groomed him to be a quarterback from before he was even born. Marinovich thrived as a prodigy, ascending to the starting position at USC, a first-round draft pick (ahead of Brett Favre!) in 1991... then, he collapsed into a life of drug addiction and the crime that so often comes with it.
It seems as if every few years a Marinovich profile comes along. (Google him... you'll see!) But, Rosenberg's feature sizzles unlike any of the others. It burns with truth, disappointment, fury and sadness. Quite simply, it is beautiful.
Fifteen hundred children “missing." MISSING.
As a nation, we don’t want to give what is “ours” away. Democrats, I was recently told, want to give it all away. We shouldn't pay for foreigners, those who don’t pay their own way, criminals or prisoners. Education, health care, housing. Not our responsibility.
Yet, yet we separate children from their parents and then “lose” them?
And, we think THAT is fiscally responsible? Because these children who’ve been lost will grow up to be healthy, adjusted, responsible people who contribute to society? Because children who have been forced into slavery, trafficked for sex or run away to the streets aren't costly on nearly every level?
Never mind the complete lack of humanity this showcases. Never mind how these morally bankrupt practices display the absolute opposite of “christian” values -- Love? Charity? Compassion? Not an ounce.
All I’m pointing out is the reactive, short-sighted, disgusting and hypocritical fact of what is the primary American value -- selfishness.
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.