At some point in the last decade, “blaming the victim” became the worst sin you could possible commit. If you mentioned casually that perhaps a girl should not get blackout drunk if she wants to avoid being sexually assaulted, you would be castigated by the Liberal/Feminist Police. How dare you, they say. You’re blaming her for getting drunk and not the man for committing rape? No, no, you say. But, the guy is a rapist. That’s…that’s what rapists do. They rape. We decided a long time ago that rape was illegal and should be severely punished. It’s settled.
With the recent high-profile cases in Ferguson and Staten Island, this policy of “never blame the victim” has come to an all-time crescendo. While several commentators in law enforcement have pointed out the folly of resisting arrest, it has fallen on deaf ears. That’s irrelevant, says the monolithic left. That’s victim-blaming. This is only about racist cops and police brutality. Nothing more.
But it isn’t just about that, and if we want to avoid situations like this in the future, we’re going to need to be honest about it. Police aren’t perfect, and the incident in Ferguson shows that a cop can do everything right and still be hung out to dry. At some point, no matter how much it hurts, people are going to have to re-familiarize themselves with the concept of personal responsibility.
Freedom Makes Certain Demands
A free society doesn’t come without hiccups. I believe that humans are created “good,” but that doesn’t mean there aren’t evil influences in the world. Even absence talk of good and evil, there are certainly situations where desperate people do desperate things. There are situations where police make mistakes. But you can’t solve the issue of violence and victimization in a free society by saying, “Well, those people shouldn’t do those things. They need to stop it.”
In today’s America, we’ve extended victimhood to everyone. If you had the misfortune of being born as anything but a white man, you’re a victim right out of the womb. If you are deported for entering the country illegally, you’re a victim. If you make the idiotic decision to attack a police officer – a decision that predictably leads to your death – you’re not just a victim but a civil rights martyr.
For years, feminists and liberals have hacked away at the notion of personal responsibility until there’s nothing left. They savagely attacked that old, dead religious notion of “waiting until marriage,” apparently preferring the situation we have now where we have to micromanage the sex lives of college students through legislation. No one wanted to make pre-marital sex against the law; conservatives just thought, hey, if you want to avoid getting pregnant, you know, this is one way to go about it. Sorry for bringing it up, yeesh.
This isn’t just about Republicans and Democrats, feminists and men’s rights activists, liberals and conservatives. It’s not just about America. It’s about the world we live in. It’s a world filled with choices. It has always been that way, and it always will be that way as long as humans survive. Smart, moral choices lead to certain outcomes and dumb, evil choices lead to others. It may not be a pretty truth – it may not look great on a protest sign – but it’s a valuable one.