“..It’s not that it was funny, it’s that we are notorious and infamous in the state college, so we have to do things that push the envelope just for shock value…”

Notice the student said this…

“..we are notorious and infamous..”

Why would people wear offensive Halloween costumes, poking fun at people who recently died…??

Why would a 19 year old kid go into a shopping mall and kill people..??

Why are people…

I have two stories that parallel each other. (All be it, one story is deadly and the other is just sick.)

The first story is of a couple of Penn State college students who thought it would be “shocking” to dress up on Halloween as DEAD Virginia Tech students.

(Yes, it was shocking. In a sick way.)

This was a small Halloween party and not much was said about it. However, partygoers had taken pictures of the party and these pictures showed up on Facebook. That is when some Virginia Tech students spotted the Halloween costumes and, as you can imagine, saw no humor in the attire.

At the time of writing this editorial, the Penn State students are showing no remorse for wearing these costumes. In fact, they sound as if they are saying- “Get over it..”

One student, (who I am not naming) said-

“..The thing is, everybody’s making a big stink about Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech was 32 deaths out of the 26 thousand that happen in America everyday,” he said. “That’s the problem with college students. They all live in an ivory tower of privilege. They don’t understand, when it all boils down to it, it’s someone wearing a costume…”

Being stupid and insensitive is not limited to “unknown” college students. HBO talk show host Bill Maher thought it would be “shocking” to dress up as the DEAD crocodile hunter- Steve Irwin.

People who do not care about- YOU.

Our second story is about the 19 year old Omaha shopping mall killer.

This kid believed he was a wasted piece of shit, (which, he was correct about that) so he thought he would kill himself and no longer be a burden to others. However, he wanted to be famous.

In his final note, he wrote-

“..Just think tho I’m gonna be (expletive) famous..”

The news media has graduated from- “who, what where and when”, they have begun a journey into this 19 year old killers life…

Who was he..??

What did people do to him that caused him to kill..??

These types of questions are unimportant to me. “Who was he..??” He was a piece of shit. Maybe as a toddler, his parents let the TV be the babysitter. Maybe he was fascinated by the Columbine killers? Maybe, later in life he studied the Virginia Tech killer?

Questions like- “who did what to this young man” are insignificant because life is full of hardships. You must learn to deal with pain.

My question is simple…

What DIDN’T people do for this 19 year old killer..??

Not one person gave this kid- HOPE.

Nobody taught this kid about FAITH.

And this kid didn’t care about anyone else…

This child had no FAITH that things would get better. He had no HOPE that he could achieve a better life if he tried harder.

Folks, being fired from a Macdonald’s is no reason to kill people at a shopping mall. You cannot rationalize a motive here.

All of the people involved in these two stories lack three basic elements-

First- they never learned to care for other people. Everything is centered on “ME”. “I want to be famous.” “I am known to be WILD, so I must do things that are shocking..”

They all lack faith and hope.

It would be a great time to look around at our local schools and neighborhoods.

What are we teaching and what are we saying..??

For the most part, teachers do a great job. I had many great teachers in my life. But I do believe sometimes teachers forget one important thing-

Negativity breeds negativity.

Optimism is infectious.

If a child has a great and stable home life, there probably isn’t much a teacher can do to crush this optimism.

But what if a child has a terrible family?

Picture a child who comes from an unstable home, his first school class is on the topic of “global warming” and how he is killing the earth. His second class is on how he, being an American, doesn’t understand the Muslims and that he is causing terrorism. Maybe later in the day he learns that people in the world are starving and somehow it is his fault.

Each teacher probably feels that they are making this child “aware” of some global theme.

But what they have unwittingly done is condemn this child to a full day of negativity.

Can we teach optimism..??

We already have plenty of negativity.

I do not blame schoolteachers for every plight in our society. I merely point out that teachers can be the first line of defense with some children who have a terrible family life.

That is one hell of a burden being placed on your shoulders. Are you up for the challenge?

Are you optimistic about this challenge? Or do you feel negative about it? (Answering that question could define how you have chosen to teach.)

As I drive around my neighborhood, I noticed that the Nativity Scene is gone from the City Park. This display had been there, year after year. I remember seeing it when I was a child. This year it is gone.

Last year, three people complained about the Nativity Scene. Probably because of these complaints, it is gone.

Normally, I would lash out in a “War on Christmas” type story. But this year I am not going to do one.

(OK, maybe one little picture…)

(OK, maybe two pictures)

However, no “War on Christmas” story this year because I have HOPE and I have FAITH.

I have faith that other people will notice the missing Nativity Scene and it will return soon.

I have hope that the aging liberal hippies from the “me, me, me” generation will soon retire from government offices. They can spend the remaining days of their life sitting on the front porch, yelling at children.

The rest of us can continue on.

Maybe we can get back on track. Maybe we will remember the things that bring us hope, faith, and a sense of care for others.

All of these people listed in this editorial are lacking three basic things. From the folks who demand a Nativity Scene be removed, to a 19 year old kid who kills.

They do not respect others..

They have no hope that life will get better.

And they have no faith that they can overcome some stupid little problem.

The fact is…

A person who has faith and cares for others would never pull a fifty-year-old Christmas decoration down. They would never wear a Halloween costume that could hurt others, and they wouldn’t kill innocent people in a shopping mall because they are unhappy.

Written by AR Babonie for The (HAPPY) Republican

Coming later today, (or tomorrow morning- whenever I get it written.)

Did the CIA destroy tapes to cover up the evil American torturers..??