What would you do…if you come home to find your live-in girlfriend has posted the photo of another man on her Facebook page—and you have alcoholic biochemistry? (TAR Lite # 16)
1. Politely ask who’s the man on the page?
2. Tell your girlfriend you’re very upset and, because you’re in no emotional condition to hear any excuses and want to avoid a fight, you immediately take off for the night?
3. Accuse your girlfriend of cheating and then, after cooling down a bit, ask her who the man on the page is?
4. Angrily demand to know who the man on the page is and, before you hear an adequate explanation, grab the laptop computer, smash it against the wall and strike your girlfriend in the face with your fist?
Congratulations if you selected # 4, which is what Lowell Bleshecer Turpin, 40, did. As so often (unfortunately) proves to be the case, until this incident the woman had never filed charges against Turpin for what she claimed were “multiple” instances of domestic violence over a several-year period. This reticence on the part of codependents to report instances of domestic violence could explain why Turpin has no prior arrest record.
Oh, just who was the man on her Facebook page? Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. And Turpin’s picture is a must-see.
BTW, since we have no affirmative proof of alcoholism in Turpin (even if the evidence is obvious), allow me to point out that the benefit of the doubt is given by assuming alcoholism (he is either an idiot and fundamentally rotten, or he is an alcoholic—which explains the misbehaviors). If alcoholic, many have no doubt done everything they can to protect him from the pain he needs to inspire sobriety. Note to the girlfriend: the cure for alcoholism, consequential bad behaviors and, ultimately, tragedy, is simple: stop protecting Turpin from the logical consequences of his misbehaviors.