Mr. Blunt and Cranky is fortunate enough to be re-blogged now and again, and sometimes even has his writings posted in unexpected places on the Intertube-ish Thingie: for this he is very grateful, and flattered into the bargain. That’s the thing about writing – we shoot our verbal arrows in the air, and they come down we know not where. Sometimes, what happens when they land is very surprising indeed. And we neither know who will take exception to our words, nor why they may take such exception.

A recent post about the Steubenville Rape Crew, their disgusting behavior, and the “adults” who helped those sleazebucket kids to commit and get away with their crimes is a good example. The post said, in essence, that having daughters made the writer even angrier than he would be otherwise, and indeed, much anger was vented in the post. Not fair or balanced, but then, this blog has never pretended to neutrality or impartiality. And the Cranky One fully expected to be bashed for his judgmental and frankly Old Testament views on what should be done with the perpetrators and enablers.

He did not expect to be bashed for being insufficiently concerned about the victims of crime. Yes, that is correct: in spite of the loudly and fiercely stated support for the victim and denunciations of the criminals, an “inference” was made that if Mr. C’s son had been raped, tortured, and abused, that he wouldn’t care. Of all the stupid f***ing notions. Nowhere in the blog post is there even a hint of such an attitude. Evidently if these fools can’t find something to be outraged about, they’ll just conjure grounds for outrage out of thin air.

It was heartening to see other people on the message board involved calling “bulls***” on this ridiculous idea. Appreciation is hereby expressed to them. But the Grand High Judges of Ideological Purity and Perfection were unmoved. Never mind that the sentiment expressed in the blog was entirely pro-victim and anti-criminal: no, this blogger is evidently a sexist swine, said attitude oh-so-cleverly deduced by the fact that he mentioned his daughters.

News flash: the post was written about a girl who was viciously abused by a criminal gang and then left for dead; and after that, abandoned once again by the “adults” who should have protected her. It is natural for a parent to think about their daughter when someone else’s daughter has been harmed in such a manner. And failing to mention sons, fathers, mothers, cousins, aunts, uncles or the rest of the free world in each and every sentence of each and every blog post does not imply a lack of concern for their welfare.

This brings to mind a larger problem in our nation: the pursuit of unattainable perfection to such an extent as to demonize the merely good. Obama gives the Left more victories than they have had since the 1940’s, but the Left craps all over him because he hasn’t done enough. Cops save dozens of lives in a mass shooting, but people crap all over them for not saving each and every life. A good Samaritan can stop to render assistance and get sued for…well, something. But damn it, that good Samaritan should have done something more, something amazing, something supernatural, something beyond perfect. A blogger writes about crime and is bashed for not being perfect enough.

Let’s all pay a brief visit to Planet Reality for a moment, shall we? People aren’t perfect. Not a single one of us, not ever. We are flawed human beings who muddle along as best we can. And bashing each other when we are giving our best effort to render aid and assistance (perhaps especially then), is a really stupid thing to do. It does not encourage civic responsibility, engagement in society, volunteerism or contributions of any sort to the greater good.

In fact, people who find themselves treated in such a manner will frequently throw up their hands and stop trying to help at all, because what they get instead of appreciation or constructive criticism is kicks and crap from self-appointed social vigilantes’ when they fall short of their unwritten, unrealistic and unfair expectations.

This writer has no intention of being bullied by some self-appointed Purity Police Posse and will keep on writing as he has. And he knows full well that the blinkered jackasses who dumped on him (and not even on his own blog site: nooooooo, the cowardly poltroons did it on another site where he most likely wouldn’t even see it – my, how brave they are) will not be moved if they read this post. Because, after all, they are the guardians and arbiters of Truth, Rightness and Virtue, and thus above any sort of need for self-reflection or possible self-improvement.

But since everyone is not as contentious and stubborn as your humble correspondent, let’s all take a moment before opening a can of ideological whoop-ass on someone who is trying to do the right thing. We need more people to step up and help each other, and we get more people by being supportive than by being abusive. Anyone who doubts this needs look only at China’s Cultural Revolution and the Gang of Four to see how a focus on purity and perfection can have horrible consequences, and how it can cause people to stop taking stands, stepping up, or helping out.

Mr. B & C

Tomorrow: further ranting on the stupidity of perfection and purity.