When Doris Day is implicated in a drive-by shooting, we’ll know American society has hit bottom.
Until then, the measuring stick will be when Girl Scouts are robbed of their cookie money.
We are there now.
At least two such outrages have occurred just in the past week or so across America – one of them March 4 in our own Aiken, S.C.
The other was March 3 in Texas.
James Billy Gomillion III, 17, turned himself in on Wednesday in the Aiken robbery, in which the girls had a cash box with $1,000 spirited off their sales table outside a Walmart. The thief ran through the store and out the back, albeit dropping his ballcap along the way.
We’ve seen more heinous crimes, but few as dirty and low.
You know, the country seems to register new lows just about every day, as new generations of crooks and low-lifes find new ways to expectorate on society. Somewhere along the way, we need to draw the line.
How about with our girls?
This society, already on thin ice, needs to send
a clear, resounding and unmistakable message that when you start messing with Girl Scouts, you’ve messed with every one of us. When you
take from little girls who have trusted society enough to set up shop in public in order to earn a few pennies to further their character education, you’ve stepped over a line that won’t be stepped over.
Whoever is found guilty of this frontal assault on decency and innocence must pay dearly.
And while they’re sitting in a prison cell, let’s examine their head and try to find out what conditions would lead someone to think it’s remotely acceptable to steal from little girls.
Of course, we can deduce the conditions from experience. You just take the Girl Scout creed and do the opposite.