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Scoot: What's Wrong with America? Lacking Respect

The question “What’s wrong with America?” may be a question that has been asked through the decades, but it always demands an answer in the era in which it is asked.  There are a lot of things America can improve on, but occasionally there are incidents that show us what, indeed, is wrong with America.

Two West Mary High School football players were arrested for allegedly getting into a physical altercation with a referee during a game on November 1.  Traci Landry, spokeswoman for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the teens, ages 15 and 16, were arrested last Friday on warrants for battery of a school or recreational athletic official.  The names of the teens are being withheld because of their ages.

The alleged incident occurred on the field of play during a home game against Erath High School.  The investigation revealed that the teens punched a referee in the head and the shoulder areas.

Earlier this year, there was a high-profile case of a teen soccer player who punched a referee during a soccer match when the referee called a penalty on the teenager.  The referee, 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo, was in a coma for a week before he died.  The 17-year-old soccer player pleaded guilty to a charge of homicide by assault.  The teenager said that he became “frustrated” with the referee over the penalty call against him and then punched him in the head.

The incidents involving the two Louisiana teen football players accused of physically assaulting a referee and the Utah teen soccer player who pleaded guilty to punching a referee who died are isolated incidents that symbolize a growing problem with a lack of respect for authority.

Liberals can’t blame conservatives and conservatives can’t blame liberals for the lack of respect for authority.  This is a problem that is manifested in the home. There are societal contributions, but parents have the responsibility to teach and demand respect for authority and there are too many indications that respect for authority is diminishing in America.

It is not surprising that we are witnessing a growing lack of respect for authority in young generations because the parents of those generations practice a lack of respect for authority in society and reinforce this disturbing trend.
I hate to use the cliché “when I was growing up,” but it does provide a first-hand perspective on life’s changes.

When I was young, it would have been unheard of for ANY young athlete to assault a referee over a bad call.   Even the bad, rebellious students would not have even considered physically assaulting a referee over a bad call. The reality that young teenage athletes would instinctively react with violence during a game demonstrates a gross lack of basic respect for authority. 

We hear about teachers who have been assaulted by students and teachers who fear physical violence from their students.  When I was growing up, even the unruly students in class would never have considered crossing that line of respect for authority.  The blatant disregard for authority in teenagers is something that is born at home – with parents.  But in fairness, that is something that is also supported by the behavior of adults in society.
The parent who becomes verbally abusive with a coach or a referee at a kids’ game, or the parents who deny their child’s guilt in misbehaving at school, and even the lack of respect for the office of the Presidency, all reinforce a sense of defying authority.

As Americans, we have all witnessed disagreement over political ideology used as an excuse to disrespect the office of the presidency.  It has never been more obvious than it is now with President Obama in the White House and when President George W. Bush was in the White House.  As a nation, there is a difference between political disagreement and disrespect.  We should all respect the office of the Presidency, but we can vehemently disagree with the person who is President.  Many of those who are quick to say they cannot and will not show any respect for the office of the President because Obama is President are the same Americans who told those who hated Bush that there should be respect for the office of the President even if there is total disagreement with the man who is President.

The examples of incivility in America among adults sets a negative example for young generations who are already not being taught the art of civility.  The idea that civility is a sign of weakness is the result of Neanderthal mentality.  It takes more strength and courage to control the primal instinct to use force when reacting to situations that challenge us than it does to punch a wall or a referee.

I understand that some bad teens are raised by good parents in good homes, but there was a time when even the bad teens understood that there were consequences for defiance of authority.

If parents fail to teach their children respect for authority, then the burden ultimately falls on society.  Unfortunately, when it gets to the point of becoming society’s responsibility - before we administer our punishment – others may have suffered at the hands of a frustrated teenager who was never taught the skills to deal with conflict or their emotions.

In the case of the 17-year-old soccer player in Utah, the teen pleaded guilty, but his moment of rage leaves 3 young girls without a father.

The single thing that we as a nation should demand is that parents act as parents and not only teach, but also practice civility and respect for authority.  The great thing about this simple requirement is that it costs nothing and it’s something every parent can do and failure to do so cannot be blamed on liberals or conservatives – only oneself.

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Locations : LouisianaUtah
People : George W. BushObamaRicardo PortilloTraci Landry

11/13/2013 5:20PM
Scoot: What’s Wrong with America? Lacking Respect
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11/13/2013 7:50PM
Perhaps they have watched the bad behavior by Obama who slanders and
trashes his opponents as no modern president has. He called Romney a murderer and a tax cheat. Obama is a thùg so what do you expect?
11/13/2013 7:55PM
Poverty, ignorance, no jobs, dispair, daily chaos ,,, liberalism ... ENJOY!
The left threw God out of public life so you have a VERY secular society and you get hate and violence ... it is what YOU voted for. Celebrate!
11/13/2013 8:01PM
Obama HATES half the country ... and the hate is generally returned ...
welcome to utopia now that we have a King ruling over the US.
11/13/2013 8:05PM
Enjoy another show of victims on display and general whiner nonsense ....
sorry, we have NO respect for lying thùgs like Obama. Sad that you do.
11/13/2013 8:43PM
Blacks give Obama a 75% job approval ... talk about racism ... LOL ...
really is just massive ignorance and the fact that sadly too many of them as well as whites are on the dole.
11/14/2013 7:01AM
Teachings are out the window
Kids are not being taught the Golden Rule. They are not being held accountable for their actions by their parents and society. They are given whatever they want or take it cause they see their parents getting things when they put their hand out! Monkey see Monkey do!!!! Parents get off your lazy asses...go to work and raise your kids to be good people...not greedy self absorbed gimme-gimmes!!!!!
11/14/2013 7:29AM
Well, Scoot tried to tell us. He warned us. Those who do not engage in þutt sex
at least five times a week are going to end up disrespecting others especially males. The lack of þutt sex is harming our youth. Obama has endorsed þutt sex but then he has no credibility left. The country is doomed.
11/14/2013 7:38AM
Liberalism is a beautiful thing ... we kill unborn children by the millions
so you would think with little or NO respect for life itself, who would respect anything or anyone. Get a life Scooter. Your precious liberalism is giving you exactly what you want.
11/14/2013 7:41AM
Greed, hatred, abuse ... it all starts at the top ... Scooter ... go lecture Obama
and the Washington crowd and you will be taking on evil directly, oh, yea, Obama supports þutt sex so he gets a pass ... LOL.
11/14/2013 8:14AM
Ten Senators that should be arrested, tried for crimes against humanity, and perhaps
even executed for their crimes ... there is NOTHING left to respect ... liberals tossed out God and made Obama and government their god ... of course young people are being led into ruin. Great job Scooter. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/13/Top-10-Senate-Dems-Who-Should-Apologize
11/14/2013 8:27AM
The WH0RE Mary Landrieu despite being complicit in defrauding the American people ...
is still more than willing to get on her knees and suck Obama’s coçk. She knows no shame. Guess we are being too respectful of this human debris. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/mary-landrieu-obama-99806.html
11/14/2013 10:48AM
Funny how some would be all upset over corrupt politicians not being respected
when clowns like Mary Landrieu and Obama are doing REAL harm to real Americans.
11/14/2013 2:05PM
If after you have seen Obama’s incompetence on display and the proof that government
has NO business running healthcare, and you still want Obama to run it ... YOU are MORE STUPID than we first thought. Perhaps SO stupid you need to be euthanized to ensure the US population is protected.
11/14/2013 3:16PM
Obviously Obama thinks he is a D!CK-tator and can just change the law with his word ...
gee, Obama, you are just a D!CK, a stinking piece of DOG SH!T. Go fuçk yourself ásswhole, you Marxist B!TCH!
11/14/2013 3:25PM
Obama should be impeached. He has declared himself a king. We no longer
live in a free country when a president can tell people and businesses what they have to do merely based on his word or whim. This man is a whacko and should be jailed.
11/14/2013 3:27PM
Of course Obama still the support of Scoot and the þutt sex crowd and the
mostly ignorant black community. LOL
11/14/2013 3:37PM
Don’t worry Scoot. You can fuçk all the rear ends you can chase down ... LOL
We are not concerned about nonsense like that. Have at it. We have bigger problems solving the mess Reid, Pelosi and Obama have created the past five years. Sad that Dems want blacks to remain poor and in slavery. What do you Democrat HATE some much?
11/14/2013 5:41PM
Trollin' Trollin' Trollin'
The trolls on here need Obamacare. It covers mental health. If you're so obsessed all you can do is troll with sexual and profane insults aimed at the host rather than actual policy, that's just pathetic.
11/15/2013 9:06AM
Trollin' Trollin' Trollin' seems you spend way too much time dancing around
trash can fires chanting praises to your Lord and Savior Obama. Perhaps you need to get off welfare and take some personal responsibility.
11/15/2013 9:09AM
Trollin' Trollin' Trollin' ... Obama has made a mockery of the Presidency and
abused his power and the people of the US. Perhaps if your head was not so far up your rear end, you could breathe and not suffer so much brain damage.
11/15/2013 9:15AM
Trollin' Trollin' Trollin' your LÜST for Scoot is embarassing ...
Scoot is a clown on the radio filling a slot when sports talk or live game broadcasts are not on. Glad has some work, but please, your getting all ‰man crush” over him it just silly.
11/15/2013 7:39PM
Trollin' Again
The only person with a "man crush" is the guy posting on every Scoot blog 20 times ranting about S-X and skin color and attributing all sorts of lewd things to their political opponents. Most of us have parents who raised us better. Perhaps you should learn to coexist.
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