By Charlie Johnston
I have come to believe that elements in the administration are intentionally trying to foment a crisis that would allow them to justify a declaration of Martial Law. They think they would easily and quickly prevail in subduing the entire population to their imperial will in such a confrontation. It won’t work out that way, but I understand why they are doing it. What I do not understand is why so much of the establishment media and celebrity blacks so gleefully join in the toxic, racist narrative they push in the Ferguson case.
Both the media and many black celebrities would have you believe that black folks are mainly thugs and bums, easily provoked into a murderous rage, who must be indulged when they riot and burn. This empowers the actual thugs and bums, who quickly pick up that there will be no consequences for their behavior, but victimizes anew the great majority of black folks who want their families, homes and stores protected from criminals. It also locks away the notion in most minds, whatever they say, that inner city blacks are deadly dangerous and to be avoided – a lesson that middle class and upwardly mobile blacks are taking to heart, too, however quietly. It teaches all but the most selfless of cops that, if they get a call of a confrontation in a rough section of town that might involve blacks, they would be well-advised to find a speeder to stop. For if they go to the confrontation, at best they are going to be called racist; at worst, they will have to use deadly force to defend themselves and lose either their life or their job and good name in the media frenzy that follows. That only means more blighted neighborhoods will be left to the wolves.
The formula the president, attorney general, and media propose for their “conversation about race” would make every predominantly black neighborhood in America into East St. Louis and Detroit. In the process, it cements a vicious stereotype that black folks are dangerously unstable maniacs who insist on the right to riot at will and to raise a lynch mob if someone is so presumptuous as to try to protect the rest of the community from their rage. In the end, it will be black folks in rough neighborhoods who are most victimized by the toxic racism of the media and black celebrities and the administration.
It is not to the advantage of anyone to enforce the law in a way that indulges rioting, violence, thuggery and looting. That is not “black” legislation. That is “thug” legislation – and it primarily victimizes black and other inner-city folks who want to raise a family, protect their homes and shops, and build a working community. For the administration, it provides the hope of provoking a crisis they can use to assume emergency authority – and callously does it on the backs of black families. But what is the advantage to the media to foment this vicious racial stereotype, to encourage the mob? Both the administration and the media might benefit from a little history. They would learn the lesson of Robespierre, that when you call forth the mob, it ends by consuming those that called it forth. Robespierre played a critical role in introducing the terror and the guillotine into revolutionary France. The terror ended when Robespierre was sent to the same guillotine he summoned forth.
Here is a useful little piece by our own Dan Lynch on the subject.
The left is now mocking what looks to be the Republicans surrender to the president on his massive imperial grant of amnesty to illegal aliens. It seems all the sound and fury Republicans made about enforcing the law and curbing the president’s imperial ambitions really did signify…nothing, except to gain the perquisites of office in a dying empire.
The Bishops in America enthusiastically supported the president’s power grab in this case. After having served as co-conspirators in foisting the health care law on us, a law that has driven thousands from the medical profession, sent the cost to patients through the roof, denied coverage and care to millions who had it under the old system, and reduced access to care for all but the richest – while serving as a useful cudgel to attack religious faith and institutions, one would think the Bishops might have learned that wishing a happy thought does not make it so. I take them at their word that they thought the health care act would give everyone health care.
Teenage beauty queen contestants always wish happy things. But there is a reason we do not entrust policy-making to teenage beauty queens. It requires hard-headed analysis and the confrontation of hard questions to form policy that actually accomplishes happy ends. Turns out that giving government more power, money and control in the field of health care does not actually result in better health care for anyone – and results in less freedom for everyone. But our Bishops, the optimistic dears, are not to be deterred by experience. Though concentrating huge power to a central government did not work out so well in health care, surely supporting a huge grab of imperial, unreviewable power on immigration to a president who has always been caustically hostile to Christianity will solve all problems with immigration and lead to prosperity and peace for all. What could go wrong?
I don’t much question our Bishops’ good intentions on matters of political policy. I just wish they had more insight into the consequences of various choices than your average teenage beauty pageant contestant.
What is commonly called “crony capitalism” has nothing to do with market capitalism. It is just an acceptable term for the sort of economic fascism that was the system used by Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany. The term is doubly useful because it both hides its origins while smearing capitalism. The American Spectator’s Ross Kaminsky has an edifying piece on it.
The American Spectator also has a marvelous piece by Hal Colebatch on the breathtaking cultural suicide in Great Britain. Once the forward outpost of Western Civilization, Britain now leads the way of surrender.
Finally, William Doino Jr. puts together the most balanced and insightful article I have yet read on what Pope Francis is about over at First Things Magazine