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The New Racism

There is a new interview  with Barack and Michelle Obama out in People magazine, set to hit newsstands on Friday, which is very revealing on how the Obamas view the world.

The interview is, of course, about race – because let’s face it, now that we have our first black president and have broken down racial barriers across America, EVERYTHING is about race, even if it’s not.

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Perhaps the most absurd is Michelle Obama’s tale about her publicity-stunt trip to Target a few years ago.  This was Michelle’s big opportunity to prove that she isn’t the elitist snob that she really is, and it’s quite telling that the First Lady can’t take a trip to Target without the ugly specter of racism rearing its head…because some lady in the Target store, not realizing that she is the First Lady, had the audacity to ask Michelle Obama to help her take something off of a shelf (oh, the horror!).

This is patently absurd.  I’m as white as they come (working 10 hours a day in an office with no windows doesn’t help any), and I have been approached at Target, Wal-Mart, Albertson’s, Pets-Mart, and I’m sure a few other stores that I can’t remember, by people who mistakenly thought I was an employee.  Part of it was my fault – on several occasions, I went to Target while wearing khakis and a red shirt, or to Wal-Mart in khakis and a Navy blue shirt.  I never thought anything of it, I just informed the person that I didn’t work there, and helped, if I could.

But the assertion that this person asked Michelle Obama for help out of some racial superiority complex is completely ridiculous.  I’ve asked people taller than myself for help getting something I couldn’t reach in a store.  I’ve had people ask me for help.  It had nothing to do with race, or even mistaking a shopper for an employee – it was just one human being giving another human being a helping hand.

But don’t you dare ask a human with darker colored skin for help, because that’s racist.

Or maybe the woman in Target was racist because she didn’t immediately recognize Michelle Obama as the First Lady, and fawn all over her.  It’s difficult to say, since she wasn’t so upset about the incident when she spoke about it with David Letterman.

Is this really what racism is in the 21st Century?

  • If some random Target shopper asks the First Lady for help, it’s because of racism.
  • If a black man has a tough time catching a cab on the South Side of Chicago – an area riddled with gang violence, it’s because of racism.
  • If you mistake the wrong person for a waiter at a fancy gala (like Valerie Jarrett did to a 4-star general), it’s because of racism.
  • If you don’t think Obamacare is the right way to fix our health care system, it’s because of racism.
  • If cops in New York accidentally kill an obese asthmatic African-American who is resisting arrest, it’s because of racism.
  • If a cop in Missouri shoots and kills a young man who was trying to kill him, it’s because of racism.
  • If kids dressed like gangster punks get treated like gangster punks by police, it’s because of racism.
  • If you’re white, it’s because of racism.

This is the new racism in America: if you say or do anything that inconveniences someone of another skin color – even if the inconvenience only exists in the other person’s mind – then you are guilty of racism.

The Statist GOP: First Victory, Then Surrender

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

You would think that Republicans in Congress, fresh off of a huge win in November, would be raring to go up against President Obama, most of all on the big-ticket issues. But, as conservatives have almost come to expect these days, House leadership has stabbed their party in the back, rushing through a massive spending bill that funds both Obamacare and President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty dictate.

The House’s $1.01 TRILLION spending bill is so horrendously bad that even some Democrats are voicing opposition to it. But when it comes right down to it, politicians in both parties are so afraid of another government shutdown that they aren’t going to do much of anything other than complain. But, of course, if government shutdowns were as dangerous as they say, our nation would have collapsed long ago.

Meanwhile, conservatives are wondering just what is so bad about shutting down the federal government. After all, we’ve been through many government shutdowns in the past, and have faced none of the dire consequences that the political class warns will come about. Heck, the last time the government shut down, all of the big, public brouhaha that followed was engineered by the Obama Administration in an attempt to make Republicans look bad – yet come January, the GOP will control both the Senate and the House, so we can all see how well that trick worked.

And to add insult to injury, while John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy are tripping over themselves in their efforts to rubber-stamp Obama’s agenda, the president is arrogantly rubbing the GOP leadership’s spinelessness in Republican’s faces. According to Obama, the next president wouldn’t dare to undo his unconstitutional actions. You see, to this president, we’re only “a nation built on the rule of law” when he is lecturing us on how racist American law enforcement is.

Continue reading here.

Torture And Death, Spies And Police

Yesterday, Senate Democrats released a controversial report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” employed after 9/11.  Of course, with the release of this report, liberals had a field day, painting the United States in the worst light possible.  No big surprise here.

Motivations for releasing the report, of course, are purely political.  Democrats have lost control of the Senate, so of course they will be taking whatever actions they can to give themselves a political advantage during the lame duck session.  It doesn’t matter to them at all that the release of this report puts American lives in danger – to Democrats, the political implications are all that is important.

I’m about as far removed from CIA operations as one can get, so when former CIA officer Charles Faddis, a man for whom I hold a lot of respect, says that he isn’t in favor of enhanced interrogation techniques, I’m inclined to agree with him.

That being said, I think some perspective is called for.

What, exactly, was the CIA doing to Al Qaida terrorists?

  1. Waterboarding – This has probably been the most publicized technique, which basically amounts to pouring water over someone’s head to make them feel like they are drowning.
  2. Sleep Deprivation – Keeping people awake for a long time.  Also practiced on college students by many universities.
  3. Nudity – Seriously, this is torture now? You would think that the ‘anything-goes’ left would be fully in support of a little liberating nudity.
  4. Wall Standing – Standing by a wall…for a long time.

There are a few others, but this sums up the basics.

Compare this to what happens to U.S. soldiers, operatives, and civilians captured by the very same terrorist organizations against whom these techniques were used: physical beatings, brainwashing,  videotaped beheading, forced confessions.  What U.S. operatives may have done to some of the world’s worst terrorists truly does not compare to what our enemies would do to American civilians, much less soldiers or spies.

In reality, the United States has shown historic restraint towards our enemies.  Even what happened at Abu Ghraib – the great scandal of the Iraq War – was downright infantile when compared to driving bamboo shoots under fingernails, ripping out fingernails with pliers, or any of a number of other techniques used against our people in the past.

But there is also a domestic factor to this.  People on both sides of the political aisle have been complaining about the militarization of America’s police forces, particularly in Ferguson, Missouri with the recent unrest there.  Giving military hardware to our police forces is a huge mistake…but when we have what essentially amounts to a race war taking place in the United States, we need our police to be on a war footing if they are to protect the American public from the rioters, the looters, the gang-bangers, the anarchists, the Islamists, and the other forces seeking to take advantage of the situation.

But, in the now-immortal words of Rahm Emmanuel, the politicians never want to let a good crisis go to waste – and the President of the United States, and America’s “top cop,” District Attorney Eric Holder, are using the situation to insinuate the federal government into the day-to-day operations of local police forces.  Combine that with military-grade hardware, and it is a very, very bad thing for freedom-loving Americans in the long run.

Giving America’s police forces the tools they need to deal with dangerous situations is essential…but as the cliché goes, it is important that those tools not fall into the wrong hands.  President Obama and Attorney General Holder have actively worked to sow mistrust between law enforcement and the black community, all while telling the American public how important it is for cops and civilians to trust each other.  In the grand scheme of things, the lack of an indictment for a Ferguson, Mo officer who was almost certainly attacked is not a big thing – it really wouldn’t have even gained national attention had it not been for the lies told initially that made the officer seem guilty of murder.  The case in New York may merit disciplinary action – possibly even the termination of the officer in question – but a criminal indictment against an officer restraining a suspect who was resisting arrest is taking it too far.

But by lending credence to the mob, President Obama and Attorney General Holder are making it virtually impossible for cops to do their jobs in America.  What happens the next time an officer faces an unarmed African-American, who moves to attack?  If the officer shoots him, he could be facing murder charges.  If he fails to shoot, he could end up dead himself…and in the split second he has to make that decision, hesitation could mean his death.

This is the great irony that America’s defenders face in this day and age: we want our intelligence services to get all of the facts to prevent terrorist attacks and stop our enemies, but we want to tie their hands so they may not have all of the tools necessary to accomplish that goal.  Likewise, we want to give military-stile weapons to our police forces, yet we will also criticize and bring up on charges any officer who uses deadly force against a suspect (provided that suspect is of a particular skin color).  It’s a crazy, mixed-up world we live in.

The Truth Is Out There

The further we get from the announcement of the Grand Jury’s verdict as to whether or not (former) Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson would be indicted on murder charges for shooting Michael Brown, the clearer it becomes that the truth is completely irrelevant in the ongoing controversy, violence, and protests over the shooting.

It doesn’t matter that Michael Brown robbed a convenience store, pushing the store owner around and walking out with merchandise he hadn’t paid for just moments before being approached by Wilson.  The act was caught on video, proving that Brown was not the “gentle giant” that his mother claimed him to be.  Not that it matters anyway – as one protester’s sign reads, “No mother should have to fear for her son’s life every time he robs a store.”  The lack of logic is so stunningly deep, no reasonable person could possibly argue against it.

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It doesn’t matter that Darren Wilson was under attack and in fear for his life…nor does it matter that the physical evidence and the only reliable witness testimony backs up Wilson’s statement.  It doesn’t matter that witnesses were intimidated by the mob into telling the story that Wilson had killed Brown in cold blood.

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Michael Brown didn’t have his hands up, yet “hands up, don’t shoot” remains the rallying cry – to the point that five members of the St. Louis Rams decided to organize their own protest before their last game.  One would hope that role models such as professional football players would show a little more class, but given the big stories out of the NFL lately, they aren’t really known for their class.

But apparently, ignorance makes a great cause – good enough that President Obama spent the day meeting with race baiters.  The conclusion to this grand meeting?  $263 million for body cameras.  Because, as Barack Obama made clear in his remarks after the meeting, the President of the United States does not trust law enforcement.

He made it clear several times in his speech:

I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis or that area, and is not unique to our time, and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.  The sense that in a country where one of our basic principles, perhaps the most important principle, is equality under the law, that too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel as if they are being treated fairly.

Got that?  The President of the United States is holding meetings that grant legitimacy to the looters, the rioters, the protesters who block traffic because they “do not feel as if they are being treated fairly.”  Because it’s not fair is suddenly a reason to break windows and make false accusations.

As I said last week, when any part of the American family does not feel like it is being treated fairly, that’s a problem for all of us.  It’s not just a problem for some.  It’s not just a problem for a particular community or a particular demographic.  It means that we are not as strong as a country as we can be.  And when applied to the criminal justice system, it means we’re not as effective in fighting crime as we could be.

This just makes even more absurd the fact that the President of the United States is inserting himself into a justifiable police shooting by a cop in a Missouri town.  The only reason this incident made any headlines at all is because people lied.  The only reason there are still protests today is because people continue to ignore the truth and believe the lie.  Boiling it down to whether people feel like they’re “treated fairly” does a major disservice to law enforcement officers across America.

Here’s the thing: we can all agree that police brutality is a bad thing, and that cops shouldn’t shoot unarmed kids based on the color of their skin…and if anything even remotely close to any of those things had actually happened in Ferguson, then someone might actually have a point somewhere in all of this.

But instead, a punk robbed a store, assaulted a police officer, and got himself shot.

At the least, some good could come out of having a few thousand additional law enforcement officers wearing body cameras: The next time a mob fed on lies demands the public lynching of an officer who was defending himself, it would be great to have some video evidence showing the real race haters what a bunch of dupes they are.

No Justice No Peace

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

After a careful review of multitudes of evidence, the Grand Jury chose not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Williams on murder charges for the shooting of Michael Brown.

Riots and looting began immediately following the prosecutor’s announcement. By the next morning, at least 25 businesses had been burned, 61 people arrested, numerous businesses looted, and countless windows broken throughout Ferguson and the surrounding area.

Darren Wilson’s side of the story has finally been released. According to Wilson’s account, he was leaving a call when he came upon Michael Brown and his accomplice, Dorian Johnson, walking down the middle of the street. Cars were maneuvering around them. They were obviously a road hazard, so Wilson told them to walk on the sidewalk. Next thing he knew, he was trapped in his car, being assaulted by Michael Brown, fearing for his life.

As much as Michael Brown’s parents, the protesters, and the activists may want to believe that Officer Wilson is some racist cracker pig who just felt like gunning down an unarmed black kid, that isn’t what happened. The physical evidence backed up Darren Wilson’s account of events. The “witnesses” who claimed to have seen Darren Wilson murder Michael Brown changed their stories.There was no case.

Continue reading here.

My Way Or The Highway

The verdict is in on Officer Darren Wilson.  He will not face a murder indictment for the shooting of Michael Brown.

Immediately following the announcement, riots broke out once again in Ferguson, MO.  This was no big surprise – there were going to be riots regardless of the outcome of the Grand Jury.  They’ve been working toward this for months; the announcement just gave the rioters the excuse they were looking for.

Like past incidents of racially-charged, controversial violence, the evidence and the verdict serve no practical purpose, other than that a police officer was not railroaded into prison to serve some political agenda.  While the people of Ferguson will be left to deal with the aftermath of yet another round of violence, this verdict likely spares them the ongoing protests and riots that would come out of a highly-publicized murder trial.

But overall, no one’s opinions have changed.  This verdict provides vindication for those of us who believed the shooting was justified, but for those who assume Darren Wilson to be some kind of cold-blooded killer, their minds will not be changed by this, nor will they be changed as the evidence that was shown to the Grand Jury is released.

President Obama made a statement urging calm in Ferguson, but consider his lead-off statement: “First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law,”  Rather ironic considering how just last week he chose to violate our Constitution’s separation of powers in an unprecedented manner.  His address showed about as much passion and personality as a dead fish – he may as well have numbered himself among those who believe Darren Wilson to be a murderer.

Meanwhile, a live feed out of Ferguson showed buildings on fire, the sound of shots ringing out.  Reports of destruction and looting began almost immediately.

Perhaps they’re just taking an example from our president: if things aren’t going their way, they’ll just throw “the rule of law” right out the window.

Pray for the law enforcement officers in Ferguson, as well as the store owners.

Dying Freedom

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

Earlier this week, President Obama made headlines when, in a statement, he pushed to make the Internet a public utility that would fall under the regulatory authority of the FCC – a move that would open the door for massive federal regulation of the Internet.

This is yet another major policy decision coming from the Left with all of the best intentions, which would lead to disastrous consequences.

On the surface, Net Neutrality doesn’t sound too bad. Millions of people have cable, and like it…but not nearly as many people like their cable provider. In fact, companies like Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and AT&T tend to be rather notorious for their exceedingly poor customer service – who can forget this little gem, where a man called Comcast to cancel his service, and ended up arguing with a “customer service” representative for about 20 minutes. And to make it worse, in most markets, people have no choice other than to go with one of these huge providers. Net Neutrality is a great way to stick it to The Man.

So when Comcast started throttling back the bandwidth it allotted to Netflix, essentially holding bandwidth for ransom, it was cause for concern. What if other companies started inflicting content providers with fees in exchange for bandwidth? If Netflix ends up paying one fee to Comcast, and another to Verizon, and yet another to Time Warner, pretty soon they will start losing subscribers because they will have little choice other than to raise their fees…which, as it turns out, is great for the ISPs, which also happen to provide content of their own.

Continue reading here.

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