Using Ferguson Shooting to Prepare for the 2016 Election
Drudge is carrying the following headlines:
- 15 people shot in 8 hours in NYC…
- POLICE VIDEO: Gunman Shoots, Kills 2 Men On Harlem Street…
- 7 Killed, 29 Wounded In Chicago…
Any time someone is killed, it’s a tragedy. It seems, however, that some killings are more important than others. It depends on who’s the victim and who’s the shooter.
Many of the killings in cities like Chicago and Detroit are black-on-black crimes. Why don’t we see Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and the New Black Panther Party taking on the more egregious criminal acts?
The answer is simple: There’s no political capital to be made.
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In 2016, Barack Obama will not be running for president. Taking on back-on-black crime does not create opposition politics.
How will the Democrats get their base out when it looks like another white Democrat will be running for office?
There is no better way to energize the base than to cry racism and blame it on the “system” which is run by White people and, by definition, Republicans.
The problems in Ferguson cannot be solved by a patchwork of new laws and edicts from the Department of Justice. There seems to be a problem of self-government among a good number of the residents, many of whom are young.
Black-owned businesses are fearful of looting and worse. Not only are they worried about the survival of their buildings, but they are concerned about the future business climate in Ferguson. Who will want to move to Ferguson after all the negative publicity?
Big-box stores like Wal-Mart, Costco, and other retailers will think twice about setting up shop in neighborhoods with the racial volatility of Ferguson.
Again, this is not to say that the policeman was just in what he did. At this point, we don’t know the full story.
As big of a tragedy the Michael Brown shooting is, the aftermath is going to have long lasting ramifications making things worse for the people, law-abiding and not.
Consider what happened after the 1965 Watts riots. The following is from 2005:
“After the riots, Watts finally got a grocery store and a medical center — but mismanagement at the hospital threatens to close it down. The jobless rate is still high, and schools are still in bad shape.
“Alice Harris [a long-time resident of Watts] says if things don’t shape up, things could turn violent yet again. ‘I don’t want to be in another riot… I don’t want children or grandchildren to be in a riot. It’s dangerous.’”
Many businesses failed to return after the riot. The employment rate is still low and schools remain subpar.
The remedy for cities like Ferguson will not be found in a new set of programs. There must be a complete reversal of the government programs that made towns like Ferguson havens of dependency that destroy character, initiative and breed discouragement and resentment.
If the Democrats get their way in 2016, they will only make things worse for the disenfranchised who will blindly vote for their own destruction.