Friday, April 25, 2014

The Tragic Side Effects

As with any unchecked epidemic, there are the actual victims and then there are the tragic side effects of systemic affliction running rampant and unchecked in a society. We are dealing with the tragedy of Affluenza my friends. A disease of the over privileged, the wealthy and the trickle down effects of this virulent curse that affect everyone. Take the tragic case of Ethan Couch, the Texan teen who was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of 4 people who he killed while driving drunk.  He was 16 at the time of the incident, and had already been arrested 3 times for drunk driving. He had been driving since age 13. When he was tested, his blood alcohol level was .24, three times the legal limit and was also convicted of stealing liquor from a Walmarts. He also tested positive for Valium, but his lawyer was able to make the case that he was suffering from a specific affliction, Affluenza and of course you could not put a delicate sensitive afflicted young man like Ethan in a facility with common folks where he could be brutally traumatized physically and emotionally. Much like the case of The DuPont family heir, Robert H. Richards IV who got off with probation for raping his 3 year old daughter! In a recent development, Richards has been accused of of sexually abusing his 19 month old son and continued the abuse for 2 years! Richards, the 47year old heir to the DuPont fortune was able to have his lawyer plead that he was too wealthy and too "delicate" to be incarcerated in the general prison population, so the Delaware judge took his affluenza into account and though he was convicted and sentenced to 8 years in prison, he walked with a 3 year "conditional" probation sentence as long as he agreed to 10 years of psychiatric counseling. Well, he didn't even bother with the counseling, even as the second abuse case was pending. The court also suppressed the publicity around the case at the time. Now he is fighting forced counseling sentence and wasting taxpayers dollars because he is just too affluenzated to be bothered to be bound by the rules that govern common folk. 
With Ethan Crouch, it's even worse, he is waiting to be sent to a mental institution in Vernon, Texas where the tab is $21,000 a month. His lucky multi millionaire parents only have to pay out $1,170 a month and the citizens of the State of Texas will foot the bill for the balance extremely expensive welfare therapy for the affluenzated super rich jerks whose spoiled brat of a son is in their eyes is better than you or me for $19,030 a month. If this isn't welfare for the super wealthy and a clear example of how warped the American psyche has become due to perceived class differences, what is? If DuPont was a common man, he'd be in pedophile row in a corporate prison eating dog chow. If Crouch was a poor black or a Mexican in Texas convicted of the same offense, he'd probably be on death row, tout de suite! Or how about this asshole, Cliven Bundy who has become a media whore non stop, ripping off taxpayers and threatening civil insurrection because as a white, mormon, millionaire rancher, he can get away with almost anything. An affluenza sufferer if I ever saw one. Finally, someone called him out for what he is! A scamming welfare queen in a cowboy hat....

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