Obama's war on law enforcement
Guerrilla warfare and the cops
During the final 10 days of August, nine police officers, two of them black, were shot and killed. There were no riots or presidential press conferences condemning the killers or supporting law enforcement.
However, with the chants “Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon” and “Off the Pigs, oink, oink, bang, bang” coming from Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers, respectively, reverberating across the country, President Obama scooted off to Alaska to play a survival game in the woods with a celebrity oriented reality show host.
Obama will “observe the effects of climate change on the area.” That’s nice. Obama’s time, however, might be better spent cooling down the hostile rhetoric articulated by this coterie toward whites and the nation’s policemen.
The response from the left to the police killings, as well as the cold blooded murders of newscasters Allison Parker and Adam Ward, towed the established liberal line.
“There’s no evidence that there’s a connection between this rhetoric, or this sort of national discourse … and what happened,” CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill said. “It’s an awful tragedy, but I don’t think it’s connected.” Really.
Liberal columnist Leonard Pitts pontificated not about how heinous the murder of Parker and Ward was nor even about the killer, a black, gay and confused Vester Flanagan. Pitts’ umbrage targeted social media for putting the video in our faces and prattled on about all the unnecessary and ensuing discomfort it caused. Nary a word, though, about what the act was: a hate crime. Even Flanagan admitted as much.
But they come by it honest.
The president set the tone at an April press conference addressing the issue of police shootings, identifying both a victim and blame: “Since Ferguson we have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African Americans, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions.”
Translation: it’s the cops’ fault.
In the Flanagan hate crime murder, Obama fared no better. “What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.” Terrorists, you see, use bombs (acceptable), not guns (unacceptable).
Translation: it’s the gun’s fault.
It’s important to understand that in the progressive left world view, no concept of personal responsibility exists and without responsibility, there can be no accountability. The criminal, then, is the victim and wears no blame.
The president might find troubling is the fact that from May 2013 to April of 2015 roughly 49% of those killed by law enforcement agencies were white, while only 30% were black, according to a New York City University study. Where were the white riots?
And, aside from the most recent deadly past ten days, here’s more troubling reality: the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund recently reported that 15 officers were shot and killed in ambush attacks in 2014 (guerilla warfare, basically), that’s three times the number reported in 2013. Where was the thunderous media outrage?
While the progressive left harangues and blames guns and police for the unrest within the black community, it is the black community as a whole that suffers.
Since Ferguson, homicides are up 19 percent in 35 of our largest inner city populations. Arrests have similarly dropped off and it is directly related to a reduced inner city police presence.
The police are simply unwilling to accept the bodily and professional risks associated with entering these neighborhoods in this hostile environment created, oddly, by those that most need protection.
This begs the question: do black lives matter to blacks?
Unlike CNN, slain Texas Deputy Darren Goforth’s boss, Sheriff Ron Hickman, gets it. “This rhetoric has gotten out of control. We’ve heard ‘Black lives matter’ . . . Well, cops’ lives matter, too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier, and just say ‘Lives matter’?”
Even the children in Sunday School get it.
That similar words have yet to emanate from the Obama administration borders on the reprehensible.
Gary Wisenbaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a PR and political consultant.