those of you who haven’t yet heard this story, check out the following on-line
article about it and my thoughts immediately following it.
"On June 15, an intoxicated drive around town by several North Texas teens ended with four dead and at least two others critically injured. The driver, 16-year-old Ethan Couch, stole beer from a Wal-Mart before speeding his pick-up truck with seven passengers down a dark rural road, and ramming into four
pedestrians attending to a broken down car. Prosecutors sought the maximum 20-year sentence for Couch. But after Couch pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter, he was sentenced to 10 years probation and no jail time. Instead, he will spend time in a long-term, inpatient rehabilitation center in Southern California, after his father agreed to pay the $450,000-per-year bill. If he violates probation, he could spend ten years in jail. But the sentence is nonetheless a deviation from other recent punishments in Texas for similar
crimes, all of which had a smaller death toll. In the course of Couch’s joy ride, he not only hit the four pedestrians including a youth minister; he also hit another parked car that was then pushed into another moving vehicle. At least two passengers were thrown from his pick-up truck and critically injured;
one can’t move or talk. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said it was “probably the most difficult accident scene we’ve ever had to work.” Couch’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit even for an adult, with both alcohol and Valium in his system. But Couch’s behavior was explained by psychologist Gary Miller’s testimony as a consequence of an affliction known as “affluenza,” suffered by very wealthy individuals who do not take responsibility or their own actions. Miller said Couch has a mantra of, “if it feels good, do it,” stemming from a childhood without parental role models or rules. “He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way,” Miller said. “He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle. He said his divorced parents had a contentious relationship. His
father “does not have relationships, he takes hostages,” and his mother used her son as a tool to manipulate the father, according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. ……….."
WHERE DOES IT STOP?
I Saw this on the news last night and was sick So let's see;
You gamble your mortgage away in Vegas and now your wife and kids live under a bridge. Not
your fault, you have a gambling addiction.
You raped that 13 year old girl behind the middle school because she was SO hot and looked like she was 18. She was almost asking for it. Not your fault, you're a sex addict and we'll get you some help
You were driving in a blackout and took out somebody else's car. Luckily nobody died, wasn't your fault, you're an alcoholic. We'll send you to AA
And NOW, NOW we have AFFLUENZA! I'm speechless, really, there are really no adequate words to convey my absolute horror at what is going on here.
Nobody seems to be responsible for their actions anymore. It's bad enough that individuals feel and claim this absurd sense of entitlement but what's worse is that the courts continue to expand the depths to which this insane and criminal defense can be applied.
We're in a world of trouble folks!
Look, I feel bad that this kid had assholes for parents but that does NOT aboslve him of his responisiblity to act in a lawful and moral manner. I too started drinking and drugging at a ridiculously young age and had parents that were either oblivious to it, thought it was OK or whatever. That was messed up on their part because they just let me follow a self-destructive path unchecked. It led to a 35 year plus life of dysfunction and poor understanding of reality and the responsibilities that come with it. Guess what? That's sad but too bad. There are ramifications for your actions and there SHOULD be. I lost a marriage, jobs and the love and respect of my children. It's taken me years to rebuild a relationship with my children and I have nobody to blame for that other than myself!
I have more to say on this whole mess but I'm too angry to put it into words right now. The next post will concentrate on the responsibility of alcohol/drug dependent people to get there acts together and to stop this passing the buck mentality that is becoming ever more prevalent.