If you want to see where we have come after 40 years of Republican rule, the Michael Vick case is more emblematic than you might think. Vick and his buddies apparently were able to do this sort of thing for many years before they were caught. For so many years, no one saw a thing…
Before my rant, here are some little snippets from ABC News: NFL Star Sacked in Dogfight Probe.
Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly participating in a dog fighting ring.
Dog owners reportedly brought their animals from the Carolinas,
Maryland, New York, Texas, Alabama and other states to compete in the
illegal matches. The owner of the winning dog would receive a cash
prize. Those purses ranged from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Spectators and other dog owners were also allowed to bet on the fights.
But the dogs involved did not receive prize fighter treatment.
Prosecutors alleged that the losing dogs were sometimes executed —
drowned, hanged, shot or electrocuted.
One female pit bull was entered into a match around March 2003.
"The purse for the dog fight was established at approximately 13,000
[dollars] per side, for a total of approximately 26,000," the
The Bad Newz Kennels dog, however, lost the fight. "Peace, after
consulting with Vick about the losing female pit bull’s condition,
executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with water and
electrocuting the animal," the indictment stated.
Dogs that were found during training sessions to be poor fighters were sometimes put to death as well.
One of those training sessions took place in April 2007,
according to officials. Eight dogs that didn’t make the cut following
that meeting were allegedly "executed" by Peace, Phillips and Vick "by
various methods, including hanging, drowning , and slamming at least
one dog’s body to the ground."
You know, there is nothing more disgusting to me than when the powerful abuse and terrorize the helpless, and this includes animals, not just humans.
I know this will sound odd, but I think this is what’s wrong with our country, honestly. We don’t think about the sick, so we don’t have universal health care. We don’t think about the poor, so we have homeless families, and families sharing their dangerous homes with rats and broken wires. We don’t think about those who can’t help themselves, so we have addled people walking the streets pushing shopping carts full of junk and talking to people who aren’t there. We don’t think about the rights of the average person, so we sit by, as Bush and his buddies take apart the Constitution. We don’t think the government will ever do us any harm, so we don’t really care about the Patriot Act, or spying programs. We don’t think about the cruelty that surrounds us every day, so Bush gets away with endorsing torture and false imprisonment of humans, and people like Michael Vick (allegedly) get to torture and kill poor, defenseless animals for years, before someone finally stepped in and said something.
Get your head out of your own life for a moment, and look around you, and see what this country is becoming, as you sit there in your little world, pondering only those things that you feel affect you in your life, like Paris Hilton and Plasma televisions;
We have become a nation that starts wars with countries that are no threat.
We have become a nation that seems to prefer war over peace.
We have become a nation in which the majority of people has ceded its power to a small cabal of rich.
We have become a nation that no longer looks at the lesser of us as humans who need a hand, but rather as a "drain on the economy" that needs to be plugged up.
We have become a nation in which our leadership can do anything it wants, be as corrupt as it wants, and can disregard the law whenever they like, simply by scaring us into believing Bogeymen want to kill us.
We have become a nation that fosters bigotry, rather than fights it. We no longer look at intolerance as a cause to be faught. Instead, we look at tolerance as an irritant, that makes it more difficult to make money.
We have become a nation in which entertainment has become more important than information, and we have become incurious as a result.
We need a movement, folks. Not an anti-war movement, or a pro-health care movement, but a "thought revolution." It’s not that we don’t care; it’s that we don’t think about things.
It’s time we started…