Now of course we don't want to see young men killed, but I think we have to separate the incident itself from the outcome, for nothing justifies the actions that were taken by the mob in Ferguson, many of whom were out-of-town agitators just looking to create chaos with anarchy. And now it has grown exponentially, also fueled by so-called community leaders of the cloth and even the Attorney General who went to great trouble to try and find fault with Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson.
Wilson was exonerated after an exhaustive investigation in Ferguson and he also withstood follow-up by an army of Justice Department investigators, yet he still had to resign from his life's profession due to death threats and the turmoil brought upon his department.
The same type of activity followed in New York City, in Baltimore and now in McKinney, Texas (the recent pool party mini-riot) and I in know way want to say that the police have free reign to exceed their authority. But I think it's important that we look at the cause, for if people behaved themselves in the first place, the police wouldn't be put in a position where they sometimes make a mistake with their split second decision pressure. And as we've seen in most of these incidents, there is no real direct proof of officer's exceeding their authority since the media builds the hype early and weak politicians, always pandering to the press and the loudest voices, sell out their own government employees.
Frankly, folks, the whole problem started when Eric Holder said that we Americans were a "nation of cowards". He then stated that we needed a discussion on race, afterwhich he and his boss, President Obama, lectured us on what the problem was and how to correct. Obama, ever the community organizer, pointed to race as the problem when the large majority of Americans knew it was more likely to be caused by poor upbringing, disprespect for all authority and a willingness to believe whatever is heard in a sound byte.
I point this out because even in the Texas incident, the viral video points to an out of control police officer while a longer and earlier time frame video showed that the officer indeed had reason to have personal safety concerns. But the media, always interested in creating a problem without the facts, fed the flames and, as a result, another good officer had to resign. Personally, I think he may have gone a little overboard, after all, he had just dealt with two suicide situations on the same day. But maybe a short suspension and a reprimand would have been the appropriate police action.
And did you know that homicides are at the highest level in four decades in Baltimore since the six officers have been charged. When police officers feel they aren't supported, the community will naturally have a safety problem. Meanwhile the State's Attorney in Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, continues to sound and act like a community officer in the mold of an Obama.
These situations, where thugs are given latitude, police are on an overly tight tether, and people at home are frightened to eve go outside, results in the increase in tyranny and anarchy by those who want to take advantage of a bad situation. And it is very likely that, if America doesn't wake up, the entire country could go up in flames, nevermore to rise as the bastion of freedom from the acrid smoke.
Here's a link to my commentary last night on North Florida Writer Live last night:
Pray that all good people of this country can come together and stop the madness. And let's make politicians live up to their obligations to their citizens, not pick sides that will destroy us. God help America; we need His guidance now more than ever.