Newtown: Glee Episode Too Soon; We Were Warned, But Not Warned

Posted on April 12, 2013. Filed under: Miscellaneous | Tags: , , |

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I want to start off by saying that I sympathize with the folks of Newtown, Connecticut for their loss. No parent should have to endure what they have had to endure.

That said, I am getting tired of seeing them on my television or computer screen constantly. It’s bad enough that the Democrats are using them as their poster children to push their gun control agenda, jet setting them around the country to gin up support for violating everyone else’s rights.

I found this yesterday, but never found the opportunity to use it. James Madison, after the ratification of the Constitution in 1788, wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson. In this letter, he is debating whether there should be a Bill of Rights or not:

Repeated violations of these parchment barriers have been committed by overbearing majorities in every State. In Virginia I have seen the bill of rights violated in every instance where it has been opposed to a popular current. … Wherever the real power in a government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents. This is a truth of great importance, but not yet sufficiently attended to. … Wherever there is an interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done, and not less readily by a powerful & interested party than by a powerful and interested prince

The government is less inclined to violate a person’s rights, unless there is popular support to violate those rights. The danger is not the government, but the majority who think they are doing right, but are doing wrong instead. Good intentions pave the way to Hell.

Now things are getting to the point of the absurd.

Glee is not a show that I watch. It doesn’t interest me, but last night, I guess that Fox aired an episode about a school shooting.

This left parents in Newtown outraged, saying that it’s too soon.

Excuse me, but since when did Newtown suddenly run this country? Since when do they get to determine what’s too soon and what isn’t for the country. It may be too soon for you, so don’t watch it.

I heard one parent say this morning on the news that the producers didn’t call them and warn them. Since when does anyone have to call and run plans past them? In fact, the school superintendent sent emails to the parents warning them that the episode could be disturbing, so there was, in fact, warning sent out.

It was so realistic that I couldn’t believe it,” [Tricia] Muzzio [who received [Superintendent Janet] Robinson’s letter, yet still watched the episode of “Glee” with her two daughters, who both went to Sandy Hook Elementary School] said. “This close to the tragedy without any warning, I believe was inconsiderate.”

You were warned, but you still chose to watch it!

Maybe I’m just being an asshole, but I am sick and tired of these people telling us how the rest of us should feel.

Drama often reflects real life issues. I understand that the parents of the slain don’t want to see a television show that depicts their tragedy.

But don’t pretend there was no warning about the episode.

There was.

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