Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
When Jacob went missing, Democrat Governor Rudy Perpich called out the National Guard to search for him. No other kid gets that kind of treatment – Amber alerts hadn’t even been invented. Why that kid?
Because Patty Wetterling was connected. And she’s stayed connected – and in the spotlight – for all these years. Now we’re supposed to leave our porch lights on for her.
She suffered a terrible loss, no doubt about it. But what about all the other moms who didn’t get celebrity media treatment? 100 kids a year go missing in stranger abductions. They don’t have foundations. They don’t have media coverage. They’re not connected. Nobody remembers them.
I’m not objecting to the compassion shown to Patty Wetterling. I’m objecting to the lack of compassion shown to everybody else who isn’t as politically connected. Once again, there are rules for politically connected Democrats, and different rules for the rest of us. That’s awful.
It wasn’t two years after Wetterling’s disappearance – and three weeks after the birth of my own daughter – that Margaret Marques disappeared. She was kidnapped, molested and murdered by a store clerk who is, God willing, the bitch of a very lonely sadist in prison. The Minneapolis Police did a capable job of catching the scumbag; but the eight year old daughter of immigrants passed from the news fairly quickly.
This isn’t to take anything away from the work the Wetterling foundation has done and still does, to minimize or politicize their tragic loss – Joe Soucheray is right, we do owe the Wetterlings something – or to wish anything but a very very different background had befallen Jacob and his family.
But would the family have gotten the kind of leverage they did if they were just a regular bunch of central Minnesota schlubs?