Affluenza is now an official condition that could get you off a crime. It's not a cold. It's not the flu. It's not body aches or even head aches. Affluenza is actually the condition where your parents give you too much stuff, so you can't be held responsible for your actions. Affluenza, the new way rich people skirt the system.
Yesterday in Ft. Worth Texas, Ethan Couch was given a 10 year probation sentence for the killing of 4 innocent people on the side of the road. 25 weeks ago, Ethan (16) hopped in his truck with a blood alcohol level of 2.14, which is three times the legal limit of alcohol allowed in Texas. He plowed through a 40 MPH zone going 70 MPH, and slammed his truck into a group of people on the side of the road. Brian Jennings, 43-year-old Burleson youth minister; Breanna Mitchell of Lillian, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21, and her 52-year-old mother, Hollie Boyles were taken instantly from the earth because a 16 year old kid was having fun with some friends.
(By The Way, the friend riding in the truck is now paralyzed and has filed a Civil Suit against Ethan, so his 'friends' seem to be leaving in droves)
So Ethan broke the law by drinking under age.
He was driving reckless
He was the guilty party at the scene of the accident
And he happened to be accused of manslaughter as he took away the life of four other people.
You'd think this was a slam dunk case, but BOOM, in comes Mom and Dad. Did I mention they were wealthy? Oh yea, nothing like a wealthy set of parents who don't have any boundaries for their son to swoop in to the rescue today. As part of the sentence Ethan will go to a rehab facility to cost $450K a year. WHAT!! WHAT!!!
Yep, you read it right. Half a Million dollars a year will get this kid out of prison and in rehab. REALLY?
Even in the face of the American Justice System, there are plays behind the scenes that surely the most corrupt governments in the world would call foul. I'm amazed!! I can't Believe it!! How in the world could this happen? This kid needs to face the justice system and go away for life. You can't even get justice for killing these days? We need JUSTICE for those people. And Ethan just gets to walk away?? Affluenza?? Really? What about the Poorfluenza folks who suffer from generational poverty? Will they be able to get away with crime now because they didn't have enough money?
WHAT A JOKE!!
I was fuming when I heard this, and then I stopped.......
I'm not the judge.
I'm not the families effected.
I'm not in the middle of this.
I don't know Ethan.
I don't know the situation other than what the news reported.
I don't know ANYTHING.
All I know is my sense of justice reared its ugly head this morning, and I don't have any clue about this situation. I allowed my day to start this morning with high blood pressure, a sense of injustice, and anger towards this young man who I've never met.
And then I started to pray...
"God, please don't let my heart be calloused by my own sense of right and wrong. Help me to live in a world to see what the big picture plan might be. Help me not to judge lest I be judged, and I'm thankful you didn't make me the judge. Be with Ethan today as he faces a new world. Be with Ethan's family and help them see how to best help their son. Be with those who lost loved ones. There's no way we can bring them back, and the healing process must be incredible. God, please help them with your compassion and your grace. This world is not right. These situations aren't right. Thank you for being a God who sees this, is interested in it, and wants to show the world how you have come to reconcile all things to yourself. Take my bitter heart, and make it new."
I won't let this story own me. I choose today to live in the spirit God gave me to live in peace with all men.