Misplaced Mistrust

Posted in Politics on October 3rd, 2014

Obama In A Hoodie - Thug is as thug doesThere’s one thing aside from arrogance, lack of propriety, and pathological mendacity that the American people can always trust Obama to do and do well – use race- or classed-based fear, hatred, and envy to stir up the Democrats’ key constituencies. The weight of the history of the boy’s efforts in these arenas cannot and should not be ignored by the American people, who are the ones targeted for reprisals by Obama.

And, of course he can find fecund ground for his screeds, being wise enough to stick to- and tailor his hate-speech to easily manipulated demographics. As an example, I present excepts of Obama’s recent remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus.

During the course of Obama’s speech his “took on” the grave issue of Ferguson and what it was indicative of…in a manner, of course, that set very well with the thugs-in-suits that make up the CBC.

Firstly, Obama tacitly excused the rioting and looting by the Blacks in Ferguson, MO. He made their feral response to the situation to be a possibly sad but definitely worthwhile thing since it sensationalized the mistrust between Blacks and the Police.

Now, I won’t comment on the investigation. I know that Michael’s family is here tonight. I know that nothing any of us can say can ease the grief of losing a child so soon. But the anger and the emotion that followed his death awakened our nation once again to the reality that people in this room have long understood, which is, in too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement.

Of course, this was expected and the only way that Obama could mention the Ferguson race riots while standing in front of the CBC. Hence, it could almost be excused since condemning the CBC’s constituencies for engaging in the “time honored” Black pursuit of rioting and looting would have been foolish. Nor is this a new rhetorical position for the boy.

What was equally expected but far worse was Obama’s misplacing of that distrust between Blacks and law enforcement and the blame for such pervasive and endemic distrust.

Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement, guilty of walking while black, or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness. We know that, statistically, in everything from enforcing drug policy to applying the death penalty to pulling people over, there are significant racial disparities. That’s just the statistics. One recent poll showed that the majority of Americans think the criminal justice system doesn’t treat people of all races equally. Think about that. That’s not just blacks, not just Latinos or Asians or Native Americans saying things may not be unfair. That’s most Americans.

And that has a corrosive effect — not just on the black community; it has a corrosive effect on America. It harms the communities that need law enforcement the most. It makes folks who are victimized by crime and need strong policing reluctant to go to the police because they may not trust them. And the worst part of it is it scars the hearts of our children. It scars the hearts of the white kids who grow unnecessarily fearful of somebody who doesn’t look like them. It stains the heart of black children who feel as if no matter what he does, he will always be under suspicion. That is not the society we want. It’s not the society that our children deserve. Whether you’re black or white, you don’t want that for America.

How about the mistrust the “Black community” sows in police officers who have to patrol or respond to those hoods? What Obama ignores, willfully or through cultural blindness, is that every single time a law enforcement officer enters the hood, he or she is entering what amounts to a foreign and enemy land. Effectively, they’re “in country” and forced by basic survival instincts to behave as such.

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Image Control

Posted in Politics, Society on September 15th, 2014

I can understand the Liberals’ and Progressives’ panic over “Militarized Police.” As these Leftists have always been against the police and are equally always more attached to image than substance, their doomsaying and strident complaints about law enforcement being well-equipped to handle rioting, looting, gangs, and other serious threat is consistent with the Liberals’ and Progressives’ normal behavior.

Some so-called Militarized Police
So-Called Militarized Police

What I have a harder time understanding is that Americans seems to be exhibiting the same reactions to well-armed and well-armored police units as the Liberals and Progressives are. This strikes me as odd because, much like the Liberals’ and Progressives’ gun control agenda, this is issue all about image control and nothing about substance. Normally Americans are better than that.

“Assault Weapon” and “Militarized Police” Are the Same Fiction

The terms “Assault Weapon” and “Militarized Police” are the same sort of fiction and manufactured concern. In both cases it is a phobia based upon something looking scary or dangerous without regard to whether it is more so or less than other exemplars of its kind. Also, both fears are predicated upon the delusion that having certain equipment causes one to behave in certain manners.

I really thought that Americans were better than that.

That was Then, This is Now

The simple truth of the matter, despite all the hype created and promulgated to the contrary, is that local and state law enforcement departments are less heavily armed than they were in past decades and that there are far, far, far fewer casualties during riots and (un)civil protests than there were in days gone by.

The “Non-Militarized Police” Of The Past

Sure, modern police tactical and riot response units look “scary” but their actual armaments are far less “militarized” than their predecessors’ were. From the 1920s through the early 1970s it was common for local and state law enforcement departments to have at their disposal Thompson submachine guns.

So, in America’s past our police forces were armed with fully automatic weapons, whereas now they armed with semi-automatic weapons. What they have now that they didn’t have in the past are: tactically practical uniforms, top flight body armor, and trained, specialized units to respond to more intense levels of threat. That is what “militarization” actually is – increasing the survivability of police officers in more intense and dangerous threat situations.

This may be a large part why there are far fewer fatalities resulting from riots, (un)civil protests, and any of the variations of gang-related police operations now than there were in the past.

As I said, I can understand the Liberals’ and Progressives’ panic over “Militarized Police” but I cannot understand why that same sentiment is so prevalent among Americans.

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Fergusonian Follies

Posted in Humor, Politics, Society on August 21st, 2014

In truth, watching and reading about the still-ongoing with no end in sight racial protests, rioting, looting, and general (un)civil unrest in Ferguson, MO is a lot like watching some Dystopian reprise of the Ziegfeld Follies. It certainly has all the pageant and all the lack of meaning or plot that the Follies always had.

Ferguson Protest
The Shit Show That Is The Ferguson “Protests”

The Fergusonian Follies certainly have a dark, gritty reboot of the variety acts that were central to the extravaganzas were conceived and mounted by Florenz Ziegfeld. Nowhere will you find a better a darkside minstrel show than in Al Sharpton’s and Jesse Jackson performances…and they don’t even need blackface. :lol:

And that’s just the players – or is it “Playa’s” – at the local level. You can’t and should forget the guest star, Eric Holder aka Raceman and his backup cast of “Peacekeepers” who’ve been dispatch by Obama to Missouri to ensure that Darren Wilson is indicted, tried, and convicted on some set of charges or another and that similar reprisals are levied against the state and local police forces who’ve been trying to contain the damage from the protracted race riot.

Eric Holder aka Raceman
Nana Nana Nana Nana Nana Nana Nana Raceman!

You can almost hear Holder chuckling and saying, “Everyone expects the Kenyan Inquisition.”

But hey! It’s sort of interesting that reality TV has grown to point that it can produce such grandiose, Ziegfeldian production numbers. ;-)

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