By Jedediah Bila, Author and Political Commentator
Last week, one of Tiger Woods’ numerous mistresses released a series of text messages he had sent to her. To say that they are sexually explicit is to put it very mildly.
To be frank, I couldn’t care less about the inner workings of Woods’ personal life. However, what I do care about is the fact that he is undergoing treatment for sex addiction. Why? Because it speaks to a larger societal problem.
Americans are increasingly unable to speak the truth. Guess what? Some women are liars. Some men are abusers. Some criminals are incorrigible. A terrorist is a murderer. And maybe, just maybe, Tiger Woods is a plain old cheater.
I have grown tired of society’s rush to excuse bad behavior via crafty labels. Children who misbehave in class are quickly tossed into the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder club and stuffed with medication. If scolded, many of them will instantly claim that it is not their fault, blaming the debilitating “disease” from which they suffer. Criminals who have repeatedly raped, murdered, and tortured innocent victims undergo countless bouts of rehab. And now, those who cheat on their spouses with outright disregard for the sanctity of marriage and the vow of fidelity enter sexual rehabilitation clinics and cite addiction as the responsible party. Forget morality and commitment. It’s all about “disease.”
I had a conversation with my ninety-six year old grandmother a couple of years back. She’s not particularly political, grew up quite poor, and lacks a lot of the sophistication that would be applauded by the elite. However, she possesses values that have been lost by many. If you act like a jerk, she’ll call you one. If she does something stupid, she won’t assume that she’ll be exempt from paying the price. In her world, liars are liars. Murderers are murderers. Good and evil still exist, and she’s not afraid to look them both in the eye and call them what they are. I’ll take her bluntness and personal responsibility any day over the cowardice and duplicity of so many of today’s leaders.
During the 2008 election cycle, another ninety-something friend of the family didn’t watch the news much (She rarely does, claiming that if she wanted to listen to a bunch of bull, she’d check out a segment of today’s “reality” television). But I’ll never forget arriving at her apartment one afternoon and witnessing all four feet, nine inches of her shouting on the phone to her daughter: “Jamie! That man sat in Trinity United Church for twenty years straight! Are you as dumb as he thinks you are?” I remember wishing that she could stand in for John McCain in the debates. FYI—she later made a huge poster that read Wake up, McCain, and let the Palin chick do the talking.
We must not lose the ability to hold people accountable for their actions. And we must call it like we see it. I thank God for the few in power who are fighting the trends of moral relativism, political correctness, and the disease invention brigade of the twenty-first century.
P.S.—Tiger, I’m all for you atoning for your sins and turning over a new leaf. But for the sake of our intellect and your integrity, let’s call it what it was.