McFisticuffs: American Society In Decline

A video of a vicious beating at a Rosedale, Maryland McDonald’s restaurant has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on various websites and forced the fast-food giant to issue a statement decrying the hideous display of a society that is in a steep decline.

Our Concern Regarding the Baltimore Incident

“We are shocked by the video from a Baltimore franchised restaurant showing an assault. This incident is unacceptable, disturbing and troubling. McDonald’s strives to be a safe, welcoming environment for everyone who visits. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of customers and employees in our restaurants. We are working with the franchisee and the local authorities to investigate this matter. We are doing everything possible to make sure the right thing is done.”

Through a McDonald’s spokesman, the owner of the Rosedale restaurant released a statement. The chain said the owner and employees would not be made available for comment, including an update on possible discipline of the employees.

“I’m as shocked and disturbed by this incident as anyone would be. The behavior displayed in the video is unfathomable and reprehensible,” said the franchise owner, Mitchell McPherson. “The safety of our customers is a top priority. We know the police were called immediately, and we are thoroughly investigating this matter.”

You can read the heavily redacted police report here.

If, as proclaims, McDonald’s has branched out in the African-American community nourishing it with valuable programs and opportunities could someone please inform the owner of that franchise that the manager and its employees are undeserving of continued employment.  Each voyeur to the beatdown should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for depraved disregard for human life.

For me, William Bennett explains far better than I the systemic decline in our culture in his book, The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators.

“Kids sense more acutely the hypocrisy of the society their parents have created. Trying to live within a social system that claims to represent the pinnacle of human existence, kids find nothing in the adult world but crooked politicians, lecherous preachers, ignorant teachers, greedy lawyers, broken marriage vows, dishonest business deals, shoddy consumer goods, cardboard food, rip offs, scams, and television lies.

Idealist by nature, kids find themselves torn between what they have been taught to believe and how they must live to survive. This estrangement from life can easily breed anger, frustration and resentment. With the world in shambles, their parent’s lives in turmoil, and their own lives a swirl of meaningless confusion and chaos, is it any wonder some of them choose to opt out?

Kids see life drained of significance by values that should point to meaning, but in fact point nowhere.”

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