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Tuesday, September 8 - 8:36amSanction this postReply
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Since last August, 44 police have been murdered in the line of duty. This comes at a time of growing anti-police rhetoric and a spike in murder in some of our largest cities.

 

The "Black Lives Matter" demonstrators are fond of shouting "Pigs in blanket, fry them like bacon," which is a direct incitement to violence against the very people entrusted to protect us from violence.

 

The "Black Lives Matter" movement is not so much dedicated to protecting the lives of blacks as it is to demonizing police. If it were truly dedicated to protecting black lives, it would focus on reducing black-on-black crime, which is a far greater danger to blacks than is police misconduct. Over 90% of black homicides are committed by other blacks.  If the "Black Lives Matter" movement were serious about protecting black lives, it would focus on reducing crime and defending those who risk their very lives to protect them from it.

 

It is perhaps no coincidence that since the "Black Lives Matter" movement has gained momentum, the murder rates in our largest cities have increased dramatically.

 

Here are the figures from 2014 to 2015:

 

                                Number of Murders

                          2014      2015      Increase

 

Milwaukee           59        104         76%

St. Louis              85        136          60%

Baltimore           138        215          56%

Washington         73        105          44%

New Orleans       98        120          22%

 

Question: Have the murders increased because police are backing away from aggressive law enforcement for fear of being prosecuted? If so, the "Black Lives Matter" movement may be indirectly endangering the lives of the very law-abiding blacks it claims to be defending by discouraging the police from protecting them. 



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Tuesday, September 8 - 10:14amSanction this postReply
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Question: Have the murders increased because police are backing away from aggressive law enforcement for fear of being prosecuted?

 

Yes, I think so.  Even the worst of the thugs has some degree of self-interest, an awareness of the level of deterence that he faces.  But even stronger, I suspect, would be a "social sanction" and a "moral sanction."  The BlackLivesMatters movement adds to the social environment surrounding an anti-cop attitude and gives a sense of belonging for those thugs.  They become brothers and sisters in a movement.  And even the president himself has spoken of blacks as victims, and of law enforcement as a system suspect of institutional racism, and this entire progressive use of race as an element of identity politics generates a sense of "moral sanction" for those thugs.  Progressivism is guilty of using race - of generating racial division - of agitating and angering many in the black community - all for votes.  They choose to use law enforcement as a wedge issue in their pursuit of an angry racial base.  Progressives do carry a degree of guilt.

 

I worked for Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services (child protective services) for about 5 years.  Most of my cases were in the worst areas of South Central Los Angeles and in some of the ugliest of the projects.  I was stunned at how totally ruined some lives were: crack whores, ex-cons, zombie-like addicts, angry tatoo-covered gang members, etc.  When you got to know them a bit you could see the regular person deep inside - often they didn't seem like a monster anymore.... more like a life gone beyond repair.  But the vast majority of the people in the exact same neighborhood weren't just good people, but often they were more generous, and more upstanding than average.  It was as if they had felt from an early age that "doing right" was of driving importance.  

 

They remind me of the story the presidential candidate, Ben Carson, tells.  He grew up in an ugly part of Detroit and his mother would force him to read books to occupy him so that he couldn't get into trouble and because she believed education was the key to getting out of the ghetto.  He had to write a book report for each book and give it to his mother, even through she couldn't read.  He credits her, and that start, with his ending up as the chief of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. 

 

The abused kids I worked with were mostly struggling with the question of "What did I do wrong?  I promise I'll be good."  That broke your heart.  There weren't that many good case workers - they felt the stresses and burned out early.  The ones that stayed on, for the most part, weren't very good.  They avoided making a difference and focused on their retirement.  It seemed that the higher you looked up in the chain of command the more you saw CYA behaviors and zero concern for really dealing with the problems.  But, I'm rambing on.

 

What I wanted to say is that race, in black neighborhoods is like a fracture line each of the residents carries to some degree.  Most work extra hard to strengthen a sense of personal worth.  When you see that you feel admiration for that person, and a sorrow that they should have to deal with this idiocy of skin color.  Others crack open by making bad choices and giving in to the neurotic defenses, the escapism, and uglier motives. 

 

As a culture, we were nearing the point where being color-blind was on the horizon - we could see it - maybe only a generation or so away.  Then the progressives come along with their base belief that no means is immoral if it moves them closer to attaining more power.  They mine that fracture-line seeking any wedge issue that agitates, angers, divides, and create a more chaotic social/political environment for them to manuver in.  They should be sentenced to live in one of those projects, on the welfare payments they've put in place, along-side the thugs and gang members and violence their policies have encouraged.



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Monday, September 14 - 2:43pmSanction this postReply
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If drugs were completely legal and sold by corporations without the black market markup, much of this violence would stop. Violence and problems would remain, but that is a starting point that we need to have moving forward. I do not think we can say at this point whether any of these surges in violence are due to more lax police policies. It seems possible that plays a role, though. 



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Monday, September 14 - 5:46pmSanction this postReply
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In addition to the legalizing of all drugs, it would be very good to phase out all forms of welfare.  That would require people to assume much, much higher levels of personal responsibility.  When people  have to feed, clothe and shelter themselves by trading their efforts for the money that takes, you get a much stronger concerrn not to be all full of ugly attitude or spend time hanging out with losers, or drinking and doing drugs when you need to be earning money.  There would still be those who'd try to steal or extort money, but without all the wasted law enforcement funds and efforts that go into drugs, there would be more available to go after those who use violence.  We need a culture that shows higher levels of expectation that people make themselves worthy of respect... where you need to show that you have value to someone that might hire you.  Teachers need an environment where the norm is that they show a much higher level of expectation that students behave in ways that show them to be deserving of the time and effort taken to put out an education, and that the expectation is that they will work hard to consume that education.... respectfully.  There are many aspects to free association... one is a minimal level of mutual resepect needed to engage in exchanges.



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Monday, September 14 - 11:35pmSanction this postReply
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Steve wrote, "In addition to the legalizing of all drugs, it would be very good to phase out all forms of welfare. That would require people to assume much, much higher levels of personal responsibility."

 

It is true that if you repealed welfare, you would motivate people to look for work, some of whom would find jobs, but others would still be left unemployed.  You would also want to repeal minimum-wage laws and labor union legislation, both of which discriminate against unskilled and low-skilled workers and prevent them from finding jobs commensurate with their skills and abilities.  There was a time in my life when the only job I could find paid below the minimum wage.  It's a good thing the employer wasn't cited for it, because it could have eliminated even that job. Laws which prevent the price of labor from falling low enough to clear the market are one of the chief unrecognized causes of unemployment in our society. 

 

You would also want to resurrect the privately run mutual aid societies that used to exist a century ago to help those who, through no fault of their own, remain unemployed.  

 

(Edited by William Dwyer on 9/14, 11:39pm)



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Tuesday, September 15 - 1:49amSanction this postReply
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 You would also want to repeal minimum-wage laws and labor union legislation.

 

I agree with Bill on that, and on the encouraging the privately run mutual aid societies.  And with massive reductions in taxes and regulations and start taking apart licensing laws.  I liked Rand Paul's idea for Freedom Zones, where the government declares some inner city area or poor rural area such a zone and inside that zone there is no taxation and almost no regulation.  The liberals were very upset because the legislation made it too easy to declare an area a zone and it had no time limits and the zones could too easily be expanded - I think that was the idea :-)



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