There’s a great scene in the Clint Eastwood film Unforgiven where Eastwood’s character William Munny takes a moment with the Schofield Kid — a near-sighted, aspiring gun-fighter played by Jaimz Woolvett — to reconcile two vengeful murders the men committed for money on behalf of a prostitute.
“It’s a hell of thing killing a man,” Eastwood says. “You take all he’s got, and all he’s ever going to have.”
“Yeah, well I guess they had it coming,” Schofield replies.
“We all have it coming kid.”
Sure, the two murderous cowboys the men shot deserved to die — it was frontier justice. They had disfigured a woman and now they would pay the price — live by the gun, die by the gun.
It’s how each man reconciles the killings that matters here. Unlike the young Schofield, who tried to shape the revenge killing as something the two dead men “had coming,” Eastwood’s character doesn’t bother with moral equivocations. He knew who he and his partner really were — murderers. They weren’t really seeking justice. They were seeking money, and they were willing to kill to collect their bounties. And just like the two they killed, someone — one day — was gonna shoot them down too.
I couldn’t help but think of Munny and the Schofield kid when watching Craig Carton’s own video titled “The Reckoning” where he discusses the gambling addiction that led him to steal millions of dollars from investors and suck innocent people in the sports and entertainment world into his orbit (don’t worry, they’re ok now).
The video is very compelling but there’s just one problem — its premise. The point of “The Reckoning” is that gambling (and greedy casinos), are what drove Carton to commit fraud.
That is absurd. Craig — your problem is that you are a dishonest and corrupted individual. Gambling isn’t the root of your problem — it’s just a useful excuse to explain how you and strip club goon Michael Wright joined forces with wannabe wise guy Joe Mel to lie, create fake documents and steal millions from innocent people. Millions you have never admitted to stealing. Millions you’ll never repay.
Don’t blame gambling — blame yourself. Take some responsibility for once in your life. The reason you’re facing a lengthy prison term is because you continued to lie after you were caught, and then you went to trial and your weak defense crumbled. Your guilt is no longer in question. You were convicted, on all charges, because the FBI had proof of your crimes in emails, text messages, wire transfers and the confession of your own co-defendants. It was proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
I guess you had it coming, eh Craig?
Cause we all have it coming. I’m not a particularly religious person, but it does seem that in life, our decisions catch up with us. And today is that day for Craig Carton. Live by the gun, die by the gun.
I hope Carton has a chance to apologize to his family before they lock him up. And Craig — I hope you use your time in prison to have a truthful reckoning of why you hurt so many people, and I hope one day you take real responsibility for your crimes.