I watched the news this morning as I was getting ready for work. I can't watch the local news here - it feels like I'm watching a high school production and at any moment the newscaster is going to read the lunch menu for the day and annouce that Prom is just around the corner...so I watched MSNBC today (I've tried watching Fox News but the lady they have on in the morning annoys me).
I heard the most disturbing story and it really made me angry. Then it made me sad, because I just don't understand our society. Last Friday an elderly man (he's 78) was attemping to cross the street when he was struck by a car. The awful thing is that the car kept going. The really awful thing is that the car right behind the first one, hit him as well. The terrible thing is that car also kept going. The awful, terrible, disgusting thing is that SEVERAL more cars swerved to go around him and people on the street - witnesses to the hit and run - did NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING.
The only evidence the police have is a survellience video that captured the whole event. For over 40 seconds this man lay injured and bleeding in the middle of the road before some one on the sidewalk stepped off the street for a closer look. No one checked to see if he was still alive. No one attempted to divert traffic around him. None of the cars passing him by stopped to see if they could help.
What is WRONG with this country? An old man can be struck by a vehicle, his body thrown up into the air and be hit by another vehicle and NO ONE STOPS TO DO A THING. That's an atrocity. It's disgusting and obsene.
That's all. That's my rant for today. I saw that story first thing this morning and watched the horrifying video and it's been with me all day. I simply don't understand.