Clinton and Michael Vick: Naive or Arrogant?

Something’s been playing around in my head in the backwash from the Michael Vick guilty plea:

Did he think this whole rotten business would go undetected forever? Did he so trust in his “associates” that he believed they would take his secrets to the grave?

Did it ever occur to him that sometime down the road, one of these guys, or one of the dogfighters, or someone they might tell about the whole thing might sit down and say, “Hmm, y’know, this Vick has a lot of money. Lot of money. And I think I know how we can get us a cut.”

If he never thought about the possibility of later exposure, or blackmail, he’s either too dumb to master an NFL playbook or the most trusting, naive dude who ever came down the path.

The incident made me think once again of the riddle of Bill Clinton and his Oval Office DNA-spillings. Did the Leader of the Free World truly believe “that woman” would keep his secrets for the next five decades? That she would never be down on her luck and need money or favors? That she would never tell any third party who might see some kind of political or financial advantage in either blackmailing him or calling The Washington Times with a little news flash?

In both cases, two highly successful men handed other people–some of whom they barely knew– sweeping power over their lives. Is that  naivete or arrogance? Whatever, it’s unfathomable.

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One thought on “Clinton and Michael Vick: Naive or Arrogant?

  1. Is it really fair to compare having an adulterous affair and lying about it under oath, to years of torturing and killing innocent animals?????????? Not to me, but I do get your point. Both men may have only been sorry they got caught.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

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